What should be my CPU Temperature?
The following chart lists many average temperatures for various processors. The purpose of this list is to provide a general idea of what temperatures to expect relating to certain processors. If you think your computer is running too hot, you can scroll to the bottom of this article for more information about a safe processor temperature range.
Safe Temperature Range
|AMD A6||45°C - 57°C|
|AMD A10||50°C - 60°C|
|AMD Athlon||85°C - 95°C|
|AMD Athlon 64||45°C - 60°C|
|AMD Athlon 64 X2||45°C - 55°C|
|AMD Athlon 64 Mobile||80°C - 90°C|
|AMD Athlon FX||45°C - 60°C|
|AMD Athlon II X4||50°C - 60°C|
|AMD Athlon MP||85°C - 95°C|
|AMD Athlon XP||80°C - 90°C|
|AMD Duron||85°C - 95°C|
|AMD K5||60°C - 70°C|
|AMD K6||60°C - 70°C|
|AMD K6 Mobile||75°C - 85°C|
|AMD K7 Thunderbird||70°C - 95°C|
|AMD Opteron||65°C - 71°C|
|AMD Phenom II X6||45°C - 55°C|
|AMD Phenom X3||50°C - 60°C|
|AMD Phenom X4||50°C - 60°C|
|AMD Sempron||85°C - 95°C|
|Intel Celeron||67°C - 85°C|
|Intel Core 2 Duo||45°C - 55°C|
|Intel Core i3||50°C - 60°C|
|Intel Core i5||50°C - 62°C|
|Intel Core i7||50°C - 65°C|
|Intel Pentium II||65°C - 75°C|
|Intel Pentium III||60°C - 85°C|
|Intel Pentium 4||45°C - 65°C|
|Intel Pentium Mobile||70°C - 85°C|
|Intel Pentium Pro||75°C - 85°C|
How will I know if my processor is running too hot?
There are several red flags you will encounter if the computer processor has become too hot. You usually only come across these issues when playing advanced games or running certain programs, some red flags are listed below.
- Computer randomly turns off
- Computer restarts often
- Computer runs much slower
Note: The thermal sensors may not be positioned in an optimal location depending on your computer's hardware layout. Due to this situation, the temperature reading could be reported inaccurately. If you are experiencing the above issues or if your device is approaching the maximum temperature, you may want to try the below recommendations to cool it.
What can I do to get my processor cooler?To have a higher performance, you want to run the processor as cool as possible. If the processor is getting too hot or you are wanting to overclock it, you can follow the recommendations that are listed below.
- Thermal paste - If the processor or fan has been replaced or worked on it may be necessary to clean off and then re-apply the thermal paste that helps transfer the heat away from the processor.
- Verify Fans - You want to ensure that all of the fans are working properly. There are some motherboards that will display the RPM and current status of each fan. If your computer does not do this, you will need to individually assess each fan looking for spinning issues and listening for abnormal noises that could mean improper installation or usage.
- Increase Fans - Adding more fans to your computer helps bring additional air circulation to keep the overall temperature cooler. Many advanced computer users and overclockers often use this feature to create their own air ducts that can also assist in the removal of hot air.
- Enhance Fan Quality - Unfortunately, cheap fans are the standard quality for most computers since it brings down the overall cost. Installing better fans moves the heat away from the processor more efficiently, resulting in a cooler operating processor.
- Cleaning - Ensure that your computer case is cleaned and ventilation is operating properly. Dust, hair, and dirt can collect over time that prevents proper air flow within the case, to prevent this you want to keep your computer clean.
- Relocation - There should be plenty of ventilation when you are using your device. Do not use your computer in an enclosed space such as a drawer, there should be at least two-inches of space on all sides. When the air flow is compromised, it can lead to potential damages within the device from overheating.
- Liquid Solutions - For more advanced users or those who are overclocking, there are several liquid cooling solutions that can be performed. This is preferred due to fluid being more efficient at absorbing heat than air.