How To Check CPU Temp In Windows 11

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Have you been searching for how to check CPU temp in windows 11? If yes, then you are at the right place because we've put together this handy guide to help you out.

It’s important to keep an eye on your CPU's temperature, especially when running intensive applications or games. Because, if the CPU temp is overheating, then it can cause instabilities in the computer, and may even damage your hardware.

So, here is a guide on how to check the CPU temperature in Windows 11. Keep reading to find out more.

How To Check CPU Temp In Windows 11

Unfortunately, there is no built-in tool to check CPU temperature in Windows 11. Of course, you can see your CPU temperature in the BIOS but the process is time-consuming and a bit confusing. The easiest way to check the CPU temperature is to use third-party software like Core Temp. Here is how:

  1. Go to the official Core Temp website to download the software.
  2. Install the application and launch it.
  3. You will be able to see the CPU temperature under the Temperature Readings section.

If you minimize the application, you can still see the CPU temperature in the system tray. It is a pretty useful feature that helps you to monitor the CPU temperature while you work on other applications.

The green colour indicates that the temperature is normal, while the red colour indicates that the temperature is too high or critical and needs your attention. Yellow means the CPU is hot but not much to worry about.

How To Check CPU Temp In Windows 11
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How To Check CPU Temp In Windows 11 Without Software

As mentioned before, there is no built-in tool to check CPU temperature in Windows 11. But you can check the CPU temp in Windows 11 without any software if you are willing to go through some effort. You can do it two ways and we will explain both. Here you go: 

Method 1: In The BIOS

  1. Press the Windows key and click on the Power button. Then, while pressing the Shift key, click on Restart.
  2. Now, your computer will restart and show the Advanced startup screen. Click on Troubleshoot.
  3. Click on Advanced options and select UEFI Firmware Settings
  4. Then click Restart. You will be presented with the CPU temperature under the section Hardware Monitor.

It is a bit of work but you will be able to see the accurate CPU temperature as well as the RPM of your fan. This works on Windows 10 as well.

Method 2: Using PowerShell

  1. Press Windows key + X and select Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu.
  2. Copy-paste the following code: wmic /namespace:\\root\wmi PATH MSAcpi_ThermalZoneTemperature get CurrentTemperature
  3. You will get your CPU temperature in Kelvin. Subtract 273.15 from it to get the temperature in Celcius. The readings aren't as accurate as the readings from the BIOS but they're easier to get.

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What Is The Optimal CPU Temperature?

The answer is a bit complicated. There is no universal optimal CPU temperature because different processors on the market have different tolerances. But the general consensus is that, under load, a CPU temperature of 60-80 degrees Celsius is ideal.

When the CPU temperature goes beyond that range, the performance of the CPU begins to degrade. Therefore, it's better to shut the system down when the CPU temperature exceeds the optimal range.

The Core Temp application has an overheat protection feature which would notify you when the critical temperature is reached. This can help you avoid damaging your CPU or other hardware.

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How To Check GPU Temperature In Windows 11

As opposed to checking CPU temperature, it's quite easy to check GPU temperature in Windows 11. You don't need any third-party software or boot into the BIOS to check it. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
  2. Then, select the Performance tab.
  3. On the left pane, you will see the temperature of the GPU in Celcius in the GPU 1 section.

For a detailed description of your system’s information including the temperatures of both your CPU and GPU, you need to use third-party softwares.

That's everything you need to know about the Microsoft operating system showing your CPU temperature. Check out our other Windows 11 guides for more tips and tricks.

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