How to Monitor Your CPU Temperature in Windows 7

Temperature is a very critical condition to a computer, especially to the key components like processor (CPU) inside your computer. But how can you check and monitor it before it’s too late?

There are basically 2 ways.

1. You can find out your CPU temperature prior you boot Windows 7, that is go to the BIOS and for most of PCs there is an option in BIOS that displays your CPU temperature.

2. Download small utilities that enable you to monitor your CPU temperature.

For some tools out there some only support either Intel or AMD, but this Core Temp tool supports both AMD and Intel CPU. It also supports 64-bit edition as well.

CPU_TEMP_001

AMD CPU

Intel_Core_2_duo_TEMP

Intel CPU

The uniqueness of it is that it shows the temperature of each individual core in each processor in your system! You can see in real time how the CPU temperature varies when you load your CPU. It’s also completely motherboard independent.

However for AMD, it only shows the whole temperature rather than individual core

CPU_temp_notification

It also shows the number in your notification area as well.

**Important notes**

The installation package of CoreTemp contains a few adware that require your permission to be loaded onto your computer during the installation. Make sure click the Decline button to say “No” to any of them. What you need is only the Core Temp, nothing else.

That’s it. It’s a small tool that enables you to monitor your CPU temperature. As I’ve mentioned before in one of my post on how you can monitor the temperature of your hard drive. You should always have an idea of how hot your CPU is. It’s also an important tool when you are over-clocking your CPU. You don’t want to over-heat your CPU.

It’s also worth mentioning that Core Temp is also now going mobile that helps you monitor the processor temperature in your Android and Windows Phone devices.

  • Yur

    Hi,
    Thanks for the post. I can’t see the temperature in BIOS, so can it be tracked at all? Core Temp returns “0‌°C(?)”, and other parameters such as processor load and frequency change in a normal way. Processor information is defined as well.

    • http://twitter.com/jacobc436 jacobc436

      You might not have a supported motherboard/processor, i would look at the supported processors list and see if you’r is there. If it’s not, i can’t help you out.
      Peace out-forever on this thread

  • http://www.facebook.com/noahta.reelnaime Noahta Reelnaime

    See 
    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/alcpu.com?utm_source=addon&utm_content=rw-viewsc ;

    The download you recommended also installs malware/other dangerous items.

  • Victor

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS! The setup file for version 1RC3 is bundled with malware:
    Virustotal report:
    https://www.virustotal.com/file/e1f79ea4d3fd015554847672acddb76495aa33f3a140a45371e3a0fc23cad6bd/analysis/1343846225/

  • PunkPredator

    Does this really give malware? I really need something to keep track of my laptops temperature.

  • fuckthis

    fuck this program downloaded it mcfee removed it its a fuckin scam

    • http://about.me/kentchen Kent Chen

      blame on McAfee…haha

  • al’

    Fuck this peace of shit!!! I got explorer FC.