How to Check Your CPU Temperature

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Checking your PC’s CPU temperature is similar to checking your car’s oil: You don’t need to do it daily, but you’ll need to check your processor’s temperatures every few months to ensure that your system is reaching its peak potential. This is especially true if you regularly strain your system with heavy loads like you’ll do with the best CPUs for gaming, or if you’re an enthusiast that overclocks for the best performance in CPU benchmarks. Ultimately, keeping your CPU temperatures under control improves performance and reliability. 

Luckily, checking your CPU temperature is simple and doesn’t require you to open up your PC and stick a thermometer inside. Instead, every CPU comes with built-in digital temperature sensors, so all you need is a bit of software to read the measurements in Windows 11, Windows 10, or other operating systems.