Monitor CPU Temperature

Aside from scanning for viruses, learning to monitor CPU temperature is also important. Prolonged use of computers in arid conditions can lead to overheating. This can cause several problems, but there are workarounds.

Requirements

  • Monitoring software
  • BIOS / motherboard instruction manual
  • Computer

Instructions

Method 1: Check the BIOS Settings

One of the ways this can be done is by checking the BIOS settings. The options vary per computer. Consult your user manual and see if it has features for assessing the temperature. If there is a feature it may already be active. If not, go to the BIOS setup program.

Reboot the computer and press a function key. This is usually F5, F2 or F8. Check with your manual. Go to the BIOS setup screen. Go through the menus until you see a category called “monitor CPU temperature” or something similar. Turn it on. Exit the menu and click “yes” when asked if you want to save changes. Reboot. You will now be able to check the system heat.

Method 2: Assess the Motherboard Settings

Most of the motherboards shipped nowadays come with various alerts that help you assess the heat being generated by your system. Look at your motherboard manual. Some of the motherboards allow you to look and modify the fan settings as well. When you make adjustments to these settings, always refer to the manual so you don’t make any mistakes.

Method 3: Use Monitoring Software

There are numerous software available that claim to monitor CPU temperature. This is usually the preferred option by most users. Before you buy or download one, you should do some research.

Read the reviews. There are a lot of things to look for, but one of the most crucial is the interface. A poorly designed interface will make it unusable, no matter how powerful the features.

You should also look at the fan controller links. Generally speaking, the more controllers there are the better for your system. Fortunately you can also purchase controller cards. To avoid problems you should choose products that offer an all in one solution. This removes a lot of the complications when setting these controls up.

Causes of Overheating

There are many possible reasons why a system can overheat. When you monitor CPU temperature, you should also assess the environment you’re working in. if the software tells you the computer is overheating, it could be due to the weather. Extreme temperatures can affect components.

If you use the computer for a prolonged period under very hot weather, the built in fans will work harder. This might cause stress on the other parts leading to system overload.

Another common source of overheating is overclocking. Some users tinker with their motherboard to try and coax more speed out of it. This can lead to overheating too. Another potential problem is overvolting. This is usually done when a system is overclocked. The danger for heat increase goes up when these two actions are undertaken.

Learning to monitor CPU temperature is crucial for any PC user. By taking the proper precautions you’ll know how to handle the situation.