How to Monitor Your CPU Temperature

Gurg

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Usually when gaming or if periodically running Time Spy I will run MSI Afterburner in background. It provides good info into how my desktop is running and if temps are running higher than usual then its time to vacuum and blow out the dust. Afterburner posts CPU monitoring stats just a smidgen lower that Intel Extreme Tuning (which I use to OC my CPU to 5ghz all core) but it also allows for adjusting the power, GPU and memory OCs and setting the fan profile of Gigabyte 2080S GPU.
 

MrNiemo

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My msi x470 gaming plus lets me use rgb lights on the back of the board to have an idea where my cpu temps are. Below 30c is green, 30-50c is blue, and red above 50c. However, you can't customize the colors or the trigger temps yet. More of a "usage indicator" than a "hardware safety feature", in it's current state.
 

ThatMouse

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I would be more concerned about clock speed than temp -- if it's throttling down too much then that tells you something's wrong.
 
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CPU temp varies by CPU too. The 6xxx series and older Intel CPUs aren't supposed to go over 70. I prefer to keep mine around 28-32 idle and 50-55 under load despite having a 100° threshold. That's w/ an OC on a 7700k to 5.2ghz using a 240mm liquid cooler. My case temp generally runs 68-78°f. Heat and electronics don't mix.
 

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CPU temp varies by CPU too. The 6xxx series and older Intel CPUs aren't supposed to go over 70. I prefer to keep mine around 28-32 idle and 50-55 under load despite having a 100° threshold. That's w/ an OC on a 7700k to 5.2ghz using a 240mm liquid cooler. My case temp generally runs 68-78°f. Heat and electronics don't mix.
that is doable because you are on a old quad.

You will never keep a current 8 core intel chip under 50-55 load temps with even a 280-360mm AIO.
 

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CPU temp varies by CPU too. The 6xxx series and older Intel CPUs aren't supposed to go over 70. I prefer to keep mine around 28-32 idle and 50-55 under load despite having a 100° threshold. That's w/ an OC on a 7700k to 5.2ghz using a 240mm liquid cooler. My case temp generally runs 68-78°f. Heat and electronics don't mix.
That is not true. I had Xeon E3-1230 v2, which is I7 3770 equivalent without graphics core and it was running above 70 degrees without issues and boosting as it should. Also you can check youtube, there are lots of videos with second gen intel cpus and newer which are running fine even at 90 degrees celsius.
 
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This article should be renamed "How to monitor your CPU temperature in Windows."

Although OS is not mentioned anywhere, all the listed solutions will only work in Windows.
 

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