How to monitor CPU temperature: Keep a constant eye on processor health

Overclocked PCs can run hot - too hot. Now that Desktop Gadgets are no longer supported under Windows 8, we show you how to monitor your CPU temperature and processor health. 

A reader wrote into Helproom with the following question: "I’ve overclocked my PC and it seems to be running well, but I’d like to be able to have a readout of the CPU temperature on my desktop at all times. Now that Desktop Gadgets are no longer supported under Windows 8 (I’m not really comfortable with using a hack to re-enable them, for security reasons) is there another way I can do this?" 

This is how we solved their problem. Also see: How to overclock a desktop PC. 

How to monitor CPU temperature 

One popular CPU monitoring tool is Core Temp, available free from alcpu.com. This program will provide plenty of information about how your processor is running, including the temperatures and speeds of individual cores. It also supports logging results over a period of time. It has a small footprint, so you can leave it running all the time and, when minimised, it can sit in the task bar with temperature information displayed in the form of small icons. 

If you want something a little closer to one of the former desktop gadgets, why not giving Open Hardware Monitor a try from openhardwaremonitor.org. 

This program is in Beta and hasn’t been updated in a year, but seems to work very well. It allows the monitoring of just about every sensor in your PC and comes with a customisable desktop gadget which can be used to display any metrics you select. 

It’s also worth checking for downloads specific to your PC’s motherboard, as some come with their own monitoring programs. 

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