With summer fast approaching, overheated PCs are becoming more and more common. Overheating usually occurs when you’re running performance intensive tasks. You may experience it while gaming, for example, or after spending a few hours editing photos and videos.
But how do you know if your PC is overheating? Well, you have to check your computer’s temperature readouts. Unfortunately, on some PCs, checking your temperature is more difficult than it should be. Today, we’re going to show you how to quickly and easily determine how hot your PC is running.
Use your video card’s built-in software
If you have an external video card (i.e. one that isn’t built-in to your motherboard), then you probably have access to software that will tell you the temperature of your video card. Both AMD’s Catalyst Control Center and Nvidia’s System Tools display accurate temperature gauges for your GPU core.
That software is free and is particularly useful for people who want to overclock their graphics cards or ensure optimum gaming performance on a hot summer day. It’s also an easy way to protect your components from overheating: if you notice your GPU core go above its recommended temperature settings, then you should probably shut down your computer – or whatever performance intensive task you’re running – in order to protect your PC.
Download third-party software
While AMD and Nvidia software can display the temperature of your graphics card, you need to go a step further to determine the temperature of your CPU, motherboard, and other components. Many of these temperature readouts can be accessed using the BIOS menu (which is entered by pressing a special button when you first start up your computer). However, determining these temperatures without restarting your PC can be slightly more difficult.
The best way to do it is to install a program like SpeedFan, which can quickly and easily tell you the voltage, fan speed, and temperature of a number of essential components. It can also be used to adjust the speed of your fans (hence the name) in order to reduce system noise. When your computer is overheating, you can increase the speed of these fans to generate more air flow.
Essentially, SpeedFan accesses all of the digital temperature readouts on your PC in order to provide you with instant, accurate data about the core temperature of your PC’s most essential components.
SpeedFan is completely free. It’s a great, easy tool to use and it can really help you speed up your PC without worrying about damaging your components. When paired with a good program like PC Cleaner Pro 2012, you will be amazed at the amount of performance you can squeeze out of your PC.