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

First you need to know what the safe temperatures for your hardware are. Here is an “approximate” guide. Refer to your hardware specifications for exact values:

(oC) Idle Safe Danger
CPU <45 40-75 > 85
GPU <55 50-90 > 95
HDD <40 40-60 > 65

If any of your items are going in the ‘danger’ temperature zone, then you need to take some preventive measures.
Even if you see that at idle your temperatures are potentially more than those mentioned, then it is a sign that the overall air flow in your casing may not be enough.
If your idle temperature is very LOW, then it is no reason to be happy, it just means that your fans are running at very high speed and their life is at risk. The components are meant to run near the idle temperature approximations mentioned. So, its better that at idle your fan speed is low.

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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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