How to find out the temperature of computer components

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How to find out the temperature of computer components
How to find out the temperature of computer components
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If your computer overheats, it can lead to instability and even breakdown. Checking the temperature is the first step in diagnostics to troubleshoot problems. Read this article to easily determine the temperature of your computer's components.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Checking the temperature in BIOS

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Step 1. Restart your computer

Press the appropriate key while the computer boots up. You can see the key when the manufacturer's logo appears. Common keys are F2, F10, F12, and Del. Pressing this key will open the BIOS menu of your computer.

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Step 2. Find the temperature reading

Each BIOS version is different, but they all share the same characteristics. You will find temperature readings in the Monitor, Health Status, System Health, Sensor, etc. menus.

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Step 3. Record the temperature reading

You will see temperature readings for various components of the computer. However, the temperature of the GPU (graphics card) is not always displayed in the BIOS menu. If so, try finding that temperature using a third-party program.

Method 2 of 3: Checking Temperature Using Software

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Step 1. Install the appropriate program

Some motherboards come with hardware monitoring software. There are also a number of free and paid temperature monitoring software available (available online). One of the most popular is SpeedFan because it is free and low on system resources.

SpeedFan has many advanced features that could potentially damage your system if misused. Only use the program to monitor component temperatures unless you know how other functions work

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Step 2. Check the temperature

Launch SpeedFan or any other similar program. SpeedFan will display a list of temperatures on the right side of the screen. Temperatures are given in degrees Celsius.

  • GPU is the temperature of the video card. Using resource-intensive graphics programs such as 3D games and high definition video will cause the temperature of the graphics card to rise.
  • HD # - hard drive temperature (multiple temperatures if multiple hard drives are installed).
  • Temp # - temperature of any component (depends on the computer).
  • Core # - CPU temperature. If you have multiple kernels, multiple temperatures are given. Most modern computers have a dual-core or quad-core processor, so there will be two or four numbers here.

Method 3 of 3: Why Temperature Matters

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Step 1. High temperature can damage components

To prevent damage, the cooling system must be carefully thought out. The more stress on components such as the processor, graphics card, and hard drive, the more heat they generate.

  • For the average user, heat dissipation is usually not a major issue. However, when assembling a dedicated computer (such as a gaming computer), temperature and cooling become major issues.
  • The older the computer, the more it is exposed to heat. Cooling systems degrade and accumulated dust can seriously impede heat dissipation.
  • If the components overheat, it will damage them. The result is system failure and data loss.
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Step 2. Remember that the acceptable upper limit for the component temperature is generally 80-90 ° C

The limiting temperature varies from one component to the next. The average temperature in a well-cooled enclosure should be between 40-60 ° C.

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Step 3. Improve the cooling of your computer

There are many ways to improve the cooling of your computer. The simplest method is to remove dust inside the enclosure with compressed air. Dust clogs coolers and radiators, which impairs their heat dissipation properties.

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