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How to check CPU temperature:A complete guide to Check CPU temperature through BIOS or software on all operating system

Updated on July 10, 2011

While CPU is running, it produces heat. CPU is an electronic device. It is very urgent to remove heat from electronic devices as soon as possible. Otherwise the internal temperature will be increased. If the device is too hot (internally), then the internal circuits may be damaged or burned. Similarly, if heat in very excess, then CPU may be burned. Every day lots of people search How to check CPU temperature, CPU temperature monitoring software etc. through Google. Actually, CPU monitoring is really an important issue. I will discuss later paragraphs about this. Moreover, there are lots of CPU monitoring software. So, people always pay a little attention before choosing any CPU monitoring software. This page contains information how to check CPU temperature through BIOS or motherboard software or other third party software. Moreover, this page contains information about the symptoms of high CPU temperature, how to solve overheating CPU temperature problem etc. From this page, you will find the solution of CPU temperature checking for all operating system like Windows 7, Windows XP, Vista, Linux etc.

Effects of high temperature on any CPU

Every CPU has a maximum bearable temperature which is set by it's manufacturer. If CPU temperature is beyond that bearable temperature, the following problems may occur easily:

  • The life-span time of CPU is reduced.
  • CPU freezes randomly
  • CPU resets randomly and your computer restarts.
  • Lastly, CPU can burn

What are the symptoms of high CPU temperature?

There are some symptoms by which you can easily figure out that the temperature of computer CPU is not in good temperature i.e. CPU temperature is increased beyond it's bearable condition. Some of the symptoms may:

  • At the loading or installing time of operating system, PCs give the infamous blue screen.
  • It is also seen that your computer is working correctly but after some time it starts to malfunction.
  • It is also seen that your PC is running very smoothly but all on a sudden it restarts.

How to solve overheating CPU temperature problem?

To solve overheating CPU temperature problem, you may take the following things:

  • To use best thermal casing which is suitable for your computer CPU.
  • To use those types of fans and coolers which has better capabilities to reduce temperature.
  • To minimize the room temperature.
  • To enhance the computer case internal air flow.

CPU temperature measuring

There are three basic ways to measure the temperature of CPU and motherboard:

  • Through the BIOS
  • Through motherboard software or
  • Through other third party software.

The first choice is not operating system dependent i.e. it does not matter whether your computer operating system is Windows or Linux or any other operating system. But for the other choices you have to select suitable suitable software to measure the CPU temperature.

Measuring or checking CPU temperature through computer BIOS:
To check CPU temperature, you must have to entered the BIOS of your computer. Sometimes BIOS is referred as System or Setup. Follow the following steps to check or measure CPU temperature or motherboard temperature or System temperaturel.

At first power on your computer. If you are already powered on of your computer, then you have to restart your computer.
Press Del key or F2 key to Enter BIOS. It is mentionable that there are several types of motherboard. To access BIOS, some motherboard requires Del key, others require F2 key or other type of key. If you don't know the actual key then just after boot up your computer, press Pause/Break key of your computer keyboard. Now, read the lower writings of your monitor. Probably, you will see the instructions to access BIOS.
After accessing BIOS, navigate to PC Health Status or System Health or Sensor or something similar.
From here, you can easily figured out CPU temperature, motherboard temperature or system temperature etc.

CPU temperature can be seen from BIOS
CPU temperature can be seen from BIOS

Measuring or checking CPU temperature through motherboard's software

Every motherboard has at least one CD which contains the drivers software or other necessary software of your computer. Currently, there are many motherboard manufacturers in the market. The software of one brand or model does not support the other brand or model. So, you need the software of your own motherboard company. If you don't have the CD, you may download them form the Internet.

This motherboard CD typically contain some extra software. One of them are the motherboard monitoring software, CPU temperature monitoring software, fan speed monitoring software etc. You just need to install the motherboard monitoring software. It generally resides in the Motherboard folder.

Now, if you browse to your motherboard CD, you will easily figure out that there are software for Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7 or Linux.

Just install it and then you can easily monitor to CPU temperature or motherboard temperature or system temperature.

Measuring or checking CPU temperature through third party software

YOu can measure or monitor CPU temperature form BIOS at the start up time of your computer or you need to restart your computer. So, it's quite hard to do in this way. There is an alternate solution of this. The solution is that by using another third party software instead of using your motherboard manufacturer's software.

There are lots of software in the market which can measure CPU temperature. Most of the cases it is seen that these software are not capable only measure CPU temperature but also capable a lot of other things too like measuring temperature of motherboard, CPU voltage, CPU speed etc.

Now, I will tell you some of those software names and some little description of them. Remember, I am not the owner or not an affiliate any of these software. I just use them and find good performance about those.


Everest is one of the best software so far I used and still using. It requires very less memory and processing power to run. I'm really a good fan of Everest. You can run it in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98 also. This great software is capable of monitoring CPU temperature.

During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. FPU, CPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance for comparing it to previous states or other PCs.

If you want to use the latest version, then you can use it as a one month trial [click here to download trial version] and then you have to buy it. But I have a home edition version which you can easily use without any limitation. This is totally free. Since I find it as a great software, I upload it and you can easily download it form the following link:

Download Everest Home Edition

Snapshot of Everest
Snapshot of Everest


SpeedFan is another great software to measure temperature of CPU. The user interface of SpeedFan is very user friendly. SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors CPU temperature and can also do a lot more. For example, by using it you can monitor hard disk temperature, voltage and also control fan speed.

SpeedFan is to show its user what's really going in their machine. When minimized, a temperature reading is showed on the button right of the desktop. When Speedfan is in an open window you can see a whole lot more. From Fan speed to total voltage, you can view any and all of the current fans.

To download this great software, click here.

Snapshot of SpeedFan
Snapshot of SpeedFan

CPU temperature measuring in Linux

You can also check the CPU temperature in Linux. There are several software to check CPU temperature. Some of them are the followings:

  • lm-sensors can detect, display and configure monitoring parameters for Linux system.
  • GKrellM is just a visual framework for the environmental control functions of Linux and you can monitor many system resources at a glance, or control how the display of that data is provided.

And this is all about to check CPU temperature. If you have any query then you may ask in the comment section. I will try to solve your query.

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      Ontiyarf 5 years ago

      Oh... yesss.. Bro

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      KOT 5 years ago

      Still I didin't see what a measure should should be right.

      For example, Intel told that the highest temp. for my CPU is 71. But. What temp. should be under 71: BIOS or CoreTemp (the same as RealTemp)?

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      Farhan 5 years ago

      I have an HP 3170se and it heats a lot. I got myself a Cooler pad Just wanted to thank you for the valuable information.

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      ranjit kumar 6 years ago

      any command to check CPU temparture in linux maching and what max temparture is good for system

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      Wholesale Cotton Bags 6 years ago

      Hey, this was very informative to me. I shared on my socials...;-)

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      mugaintus 6 years ago

      Can intel duo core be overclocked?

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      muthu 6 years ago

      thanks dude

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      uiqman 6 years ago

      and to minimize computer temperature you could clean computer (from inside wit vacum cleaner)

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      priya 6 years ago

      how to install software for cpu temperature measurement in ubuntu 9

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      vishal 6 years ago

      none of the softwares showed cpu temp of my laptop,but thanks for the article i definitely learned sumthing new.

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      parvinder 6 years ago

      my cpu temperature ranges from 57-65c

      and my core temp ranges from 57-63c

      is it normal..??

      many times when i play systems restarts...pls. guide me..thanks in adv.

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      khan8698 6 years ago

      nice article helps me too much

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      AShok smart 6 years ago

      This software is very useful for nowdays, Thanks to all technical team.

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      Trigga09 6 years ago from United Kingdom Bristol

      Hi there all well just a heads up but Everest is being discontinued and another software is taking its place its called " Aida64 Extreme" it pulls up info on ALL machines tempos on cpu fan speed etc i liked Everest but i Love Aida64 Extreme so plz feel free and have a look see you will be very impressed its got loads more than Everest had its a spot on utillity with very very low resourcses being used in the program itseld u can benchmark ur machine if ur thinking of overclocking ur machine just to much to mention well if u need any more help or advice e mail me at well i hope u check out this new software if u dont believe me just google it all the best and enjoy ur machines BTW if u need help advice or technical help just e mail me and leave a note on the header of the email saying something like hub discussion all the best Tony pps plz excuse my typing im half asleep and stumbled upon this post so i thought id drop you all a note and give u the heads up on it okay so plz excuse my typing spelling etc lol ; )

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      WhatThe 6 years ago

      Your grammar is terrible!

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      Ray 6 years ago

      Thanks for writing this guide fella, it was just what I needed to help diagnose a 'pc turns off on it own' problem

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      Tom Mendoza 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot,..this is a helpful article,...^^

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      wahab 7 years ago

      thanx brother!

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      XxShadowGhostxX 7 years ago

      everest can be installed on dell computers. i have a dell inspiron n5010,with intel core great and even shows cpu temp. :) i have the latest everest edition.

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      irakli  7 years ago

      yes it's normal temperature i have 32C i have 4 coolers

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      kiash 7 years ago

      My CPU's temperature is about 35 - 40.

      Is it normal?

      I want to know that what is the normal temperature of CPU?

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      Bmoja 7 years ago

      It is very helpful. Thank you very much!

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      Computer Room Monitoring 7 years ago

      Thanks for article! Intel also provides a utility to check CPU temp for some of its processors. It was a good guest article!

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      BESKA 7 years ago

      Speed fan the best

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      Brijesh upadhyay 7 years ago

      I am a dell technician... This article helped a lot... looking forward for more knowledge Based articles on this website..

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      BettyNassam 7 years ago

      No i elegancko! O to chodzi?o ;o)

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      Jerry 7 years ago


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      info guy 7 years ago

      what is the best running temperature?

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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      There are some symptoms by which you can easily figure out that the temperature of computer CPU is not in good temperature i.e. CPU temperature is increased beyond it's bearable condition

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      jkldfs 7 years ago

      nin noun.. bhosudike..

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      Tanveer 7 years ago

      Everest is nice software Thanks

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      coolguy 7 years ago

      everest is old rip off from Sandra

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      Deano 7 years ago

      I am already using Speed Fan have been for years and it is good, I have had my computer running constantly now for over 26/half hours and my computer tem is still only:

      GPU 44C, Gigabyte Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1526MB-GV-N480D5CPU.

      35C, Intel dual core two processor.

      System 34C,

      AUX 46C,

      HD0 21C, SAMSUNG HD753LJ 750gig harddrive.

      HD1 29C, Hitachi HDP725050GLA360 500gig hardrive.

      HD2 30C, SeaGate ST31500341AS 1.5tb hardrive.

      Core 44C

      So all in all I’m very please with my system and the temp's it's running at.

      I've just downloaded Everastsoft so I'm going to run that and see if that gives me different readings!!!

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      Vlado 7 years ago

      Very nice and useful!

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      Rob 7 years ago

      Thanks i liked speedfan the best, its very user friendly

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      arun 7 years ago

      appreciate for your wisdom...!!!

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      jotal 7 years ago

      su- THANKS....perfecto!!

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      mukesh singh 7 years ago

      great work dude.......


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      Stamen Valchev 7 years ago

      Nice article! Was useful to read, and see that others also use the software I like.

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      Ami 7 years ago

      Thanx a lot!

      Nicely explain...

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      shan 7 years ago

      its really a good information to know.. :)

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      Malik 8 years ago

      Thanks for softwares

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      Drew 8 years ago

      Might be good to note that Everest cannot be used on 64 bit windows systems because the driver it tries to install is not digitally signed, and windows will not allow it to be installed.

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      Paresh 8 years ago

      Very useful post. I downloaded Core Temp. Intel also provides a utility to check CPU temp for some of its processors. Its called Intel Active Monitor.

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      Anish 8 years ago

      thanks a was very helpful....

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      seba 8 years ago

      very useful

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      pim 8 years ago

      Thanks, but... I do not see any fan in the speedfan program, when looking at the 'readings' tab. Also, with Everest, in the 'sensor' tab there's no fan. It's a laptop, does it mean the fan is just not working no more?



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      thanks 8 years ago

      great thanks helped me adress overheat restart issues

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      pedon 8 years ago

      I used HWmonitor. But it says there under CPU temperature: Diode1 Internal & Diode2. Which one actually is my CPU's temperature?

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      PcLaptech 8 years ago

      Nice article specially for Computer technician.

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      Nicholas 8 years ago

      Thank you for the article. I like speed fan the best.

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      Steve 8 years ago

      Just checked the help Section. Everest does not report CPU temps /Fan/Voltages on DELL MACHINES! This is due to the sensors in Dell machines.

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      Steve 8 years ago

      Hi, I installed the Everest Home Edition on my Dell Dimension 5000 and when trying to find the CPU temprature (Like in your snapshot) my CPU is not displayed. Only the HDD Temps are showing. Nothing else. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Tks SB

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      GUEST 8 years ago

      plz help me out....i'm trying to know more about CPU monitoring.

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      Ganesh 8 years ago

      Good information including software. Thanks a lot.

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      mali 8 years ago

      thanks .........

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      Midgie Fields 8 years ago from Scottish Highlands

      Thanks! I just casually dropped by but glad I did. It explained a lot of 'glitches'

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      jonard 8 years ago

      speed fan helps a lot..aside form the fact that its a freeware

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really informational hub. I go exact information I was looking for. Thanks for writing.

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      Kris 8 years ago

      Proper temperature of the CPU is the most important.

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      waly alloush 8 years ago from shelby township

      good info

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      Tom 8 years ago

      Excellent work! Very useful

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      creativeMind 8 years ago from Cochin

      great information


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