GPU temperature monitoring guide

By on June 8, 2011
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How to keep an eye on CPU & GPU temperatures, and comparison of software that works best

For PC gamers, a GPU or 3D card is one of the most pricy as well as most rapidly upgraded item. So, its importance and safety is overall the top priority in a gaming PC. And the most common problems in GPU occur due to over-heating. Hopefully this guide will be useful for all of those who aim to setup some safety measures for this purpose.

GPU temperature monitoring is essential when you have over-clocked your GPU. Even if you have not over-clocked your GPU, its always better to keep an eye on it, as different games under different loads can cause heat-up more than expected. Of course, there are many other factors that increase the temperatures;reducing the life of components, if not causing permanent damage. However, most people don’t know how to monitor temperatures “efficiently”. So, we are presenting a guide which will inform you of some good practices and recommended softwares which will help you remain vigilant of any over-heating issues.

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  • J_M

    Everest should be listed – it would get a checkmark in every column you’ve chosen to include.

    Conspicuously absent is any mention of MCP/SPP/VRM temps.

    • karar

      Everest was mainly a benchmark tool and secondly it is discontinued. so there is no support for new hardware.

      the same same company made AIDA64, but its a commercial / business software and not a free solution for home users.

      The other temperatures are not mentioned as this is a general temperature guide, and not an overclocking guide. You need to monitor e.g. temperature of VRAMs when doing overclocking only.

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  • Alkhall

    I believe Everest was primarily monitoring software with a couple benchmark modules.

    AIDA64 is developed by the same author, Tamas Miklos, who started with Everest’s predecessor, AIDA32.

    AIDA64 has both business and personal products, and although both are licensed, the Extreme edition is well suited for ‘home users’.

    I agree that the motherboard NB, SB and VRM temperatures have no bearing on the article.

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  • Tampa Fatboy

    Everest and AIDA are not small appz..wouldnt dare use either of them to monitor my temps while gaming or benchmarking. Nvidia tools are best for the Nvidia and screw ATI tools running in the background for the ATI cards. GPU-Z would be mny choice for the card and Coretemp for everythng above a P4…just my 2 cents.

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