Microsoft’s Windows OS is a common household name when it comes to PC OS with a massive collection of software ranging from system tuning to monitor system temperature as well. In spite of continued assault by Mac OS and Linux, it holds a special place in the heart of Gamers and Enthusiasts alike. After all, where does one go to play all the latest games, download pirated software and movies, etc?
So after all the investment and research done in buying a new PC hardware ( won’t mention software – People buy pirated copies anyway, except for laptops ), special care needs to be taken so that the hardware at least lasts for the specified warranty period.
What affects the shell life of hardware components overall other than premature failure/defect? The answer is plain and simple, HEAT!
Why do we need 3rd party tools to monitor System Temperature in Windows?
The BIOS is responsible for providing all of this required information to the OS (Windows in this case). A tool is needed to expose all of this information to the end user.
Different Tools to Monitor System Temperature in Windows OS:
We at Techiesguide have prepared a Simple yet Comprehensive Guide of all software’s available as freeware to help the end user in monitoring the system temperature. All of these software’s have versions supported right from Windows XP to Windows 10.
Note: We have taken care to check that the software doesn’t put additional stress on the system.
Open Hardware Monitor:
Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software tool that helps to monitor different aspects such as temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.
It supports both 32/64-bit of computers and runs right from Windows XP to Windows 10 and even 32-bit Linux systems as well.
Download and install Open Hardware Monitor from the link below:
- Microsoft .NET Framework – 2.0 and above is needed to run it in Windows OS.
- To install it, just unpack the zip archive and run OpenHardwareMonitor.exe with Administrator rights.
- Without Administrator rights, most hardware sensors are not accessible.
- Even though the application is still in Beta status, it still is quite stable to be used in production environments.
- The above point can be validated from the image above from our own production environment.
Core Temp is another small and compact program that monitors processor temperature and other system vitals.
It supports x86(32-bit) systems from Intel, AMD, VIA and can run on Windows XP to Windows 10 and even Windows Server editions as well.
Download and install Core Temp from the link below:
CPU Thermometer is another freeware that helps to monitor CPU temperature in Real Time.
It is based on the Open Hardware Monitor project by Michael Moller.
Download and install CPU Thermometer from the link below:
- The software needs Microsoft’s .NET Framework installed.
- Older versions will not work on Windows 7 and above, here version 1.2 is needed.
- For Windows XP and Windows 2000, version 1.0 is needed.
Real Temp is a temperature monitoring software designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors.
Download and install Real Temp from the link below:
- This software does not work in Intel Pentium 4 or AMD CPUs.
- Download and unzip the package to extract the inner contents.
- No need to install the software, directly double click to run it.
HWMonitor is another hardware monitoring software that reads PC systems main health sensors: voltages, temperatures, fans speed.
It can handle the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others.
In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature.
Download and install HWMONITOR from the link: cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
- Just download and run the executable file.
GPU-Z is another software utility from the makers of RealTemp, but not for monitoring the entire system.
It is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about the system’s video card and graphics processor.
Download and install GPU-Z from: techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-gpu-z/
- It can be run both as a standalone and installable software.
- It supports both 32/64 bit installations of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
- It allows free use for personal and commercial purposes but restricts its commercial distribution.
Speccy is that one piece of the software utility that albeit being a bit heavier ( trust us you won’t notice the difference as such ) is one of the most convenient ones out of them.
It has the most intuitive GUI of them all and is preferred by many users worldwide.
Their tagline states ” Fast, lightweight, advanced system information tool for your PC “.
From the above picture, we can see that the default window shows all the system monitoring information at a glance.
Also, there are other windows dedicated for providing the information related to that particular system component.
Download and install Speccy from the link below:
- Download and run the executable file normally as you would run any other executable file in Windows.
- It supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 in both 32 and 64-bit flavors.
- A Professional (Pro) version is also available but the free version should do just fine for most users.
- A special portable version is also available for installation in thumb drives.
- The portable version can be downloaded from here -> piriform.com/speccy/builds
Best Overall Tool: OpenHardwareMonitor
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