How to Monitor CPU temperature in Windows 11

Does your PC feel sluggish, start slowing down while performing some intensive tasks such as video editing or gaming? Then overheating the CPU and its cores may be the culprit behind it. Eccentrically, Windows does not have any in-built tools that could let you monitor your CPU temperature. While this task could be accomplished by visiting the BIOS settings, it could be a lot of hassle. In this post, I will guide you on how to monitor CPU Temperature on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

How to Monitor CPU temperature in Windows 11/10 

How to Monitor CPU temperature in Windows 11/10

Monitoring the CPU temperature on Windows 11/10 cannot be done directly by the Task Manager, and hence some additional software is needed to observe it directly on Windows 11/10. Here is the list of software and methods we will follow:

  1. HWiNFO Diagnostic Software
  3. Open Hardware Monitor

Make sure to use the 64-bit version if your computer supports it.

1] HWiNFO Diagnostic Software

How to Monitor CPU temperature in Windows 11/10

HWiNFO is a free in-depth monitoring software for Windows that allows monitoring of every single component. Users could install this as a standalone application or use it as a portable software on any device. It categorizes the hardware components into sections and displays information. Download the app from the official website, install it on the PC, and run it in Sensor’s only Mode. Once opened, scroll down to the CPU Section to find the CPU and the core’s temperature.


How to Monitor CPU Temp - NZXT Cam

One of the most visually appealing and clean applications with simple and easy to read user-interface, NZXT CAM is yet another monitoring software for Windows. While allowing to read the CPU Temperatures, the app also allows for GPU Overclocking, Custom Cooling Curves, and lots more. You can download it from the official website.

Once downloaded and installed, open the application. Under the PC Monitoring Menu of the NZXT application, you’ll find a section for CPU with the temperature, clock speed, and the load mentioned.

3] Open Hardware Monitor

Monitor CPU Temperature in Windows 10 with Open Hardware Monitor

The Open Hardware Monitor is a freeware with the code being Open-source; this application allows users the ability to monitor CPU temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, and lots more. The individual core clock speeds and temperatures are displayed as well. Download and Install from the official website.

Once downloaded, extract the zip file and run the application, On the home screen you’ll find a clean UI with all the components of your machine listed. You” find all the CPU Temperatures under the Chipset’s Name -> Temperatures.

How AMD reports temperature for CPU?

AMD Chipset’s report temperature under two different categories, one being the “TDIE” Reading, which reports the temperature based on How the Program is reporting the information and is pretty close to what AMD’s Ryzen Master reports, which is the amount of actual Die on the machine.

The second category being, “TCTL,” is the measure of the Control Temperature reported to the cooling system, which carries an offset to guarantee universal fan speed behavior among AMD’s chipsets.

Am I not getting any CPU temperature reading?

If you are worried that you aren’t able to read the CPU Temperature from any of these apps mentioned above, we do recommend you check the BIOS for temperatures. If your BIOS can display the temperatures, but none of the third-party applications, there’s a high chance that there is a BIOS update available, and we would recommend installing it first.

Additionally, if both the BIOS and the applications aren’t able to read the CPU Temperature; then there may be a possibility that the Sensor has either stopped working or has some issues.

Related Read: How to Fix Common Windows 11/10 Problems

FAQ: CPU temperature Monitoring Windows 11/10

How can I see my CPU temp in Task Manager?

In the Task Manager on Windows 11/10, it’s possible to find the CPU Load and utilization, but it’s not yet possible for Windows to read the CPU Temperature. However, you may be able to monitor the GPU Temperature though it.

What is normal CPU temp? How hot is too hot for the CPU?

Anything under 60° C is normal for a machine to run, but if the temperature surpasses the mark and reaches under 70° C, it could be possible that there may be some dust in the Fan, and we would recommend cleaning it. Any temperature above 75° C could be too hot for a PC, and we would recommend using a CPU Cooler and cleaning the CPU Fans.

Does Windows 11/10 have a built-in temperature monitor?

Yes, but partially, Windows 11/10’s Task Manager can monitor the GPU’s temperature but not the CPU’s. You have to either check that in the BIOS or use a third party application.

I hope this post was easy to follow, and you were able to monitor the CPU Temperature in Windows 11/10. With that said, How many of you prefer Overclocking the CPU?

A long-standing Windows fan, Photographer, and Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Smartphones and Technology.


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