Processor activity is generating heat. That’s why your computer, smartphone, tablet, and several such devices are always getting warm after being used for hours. The computer actually starts decaying since you turn it on for the first time, but it generally very subtly. And over-heat make things worse.
Despite it comes with a built-in fan or similar cooling system, long-term heavy use can accelerate the damage to the machine. The damage usually hard to detect until it gets worse and barely repaired.
Hence, it’s important to measure the temperature of every single component from your computer. Once it gets too high, you can give “first aid” for the machine before cannot be saved anymore.
Here, 5 Best Free Apps to Monitor PC’s Temperature.
CrystalDiskInfo not only comes with a simple interface but also offers advanced monitoring for almost things inside your PC. It mainly keeps an eye on the processor, graphics card, motherboard, and storage. When one of them gets very hot, the system will show a warning to prevent over-heat.
It has an AAM/APM control, graph chart, and S.M.A.R.T information. CrystalDiskInfo also capable to send email to someone when the machine’s temperature is about to break. I put this app on the first of list because it was very simple but rich of features.
Core Temp is compact lightweight software to monitor a processor. It provides a real-time temperature of each core along with the power consumption. When the temperature is normal, its icon in the task will glow greenly, orange for warm, and red for hot. It seems not precise for gaming usage which generally on a full screen and blocking the taskbar.
Instead, the Core Temp might be good for a video editor or any professional software that consume more power during the work. This app also small in size and occupies less memory. It’s good for the low-end computer.
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Open Hardware Monitor
Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that provides a real-time temperature of the chip, voltages load, speed clock, and fan rotation speed. That information outlined in a tree-like structure and make user easy to spot every single component inside the machine. The program capable to run in the system tray to reduce the load. Monitor gadget also available for Windows 7 user.
It supports major chip architecture, as well the motherboard, GPU, and storage. Unfortunately, this simple app did not show a warning once the temperature gets over, so it requires being check up manually.
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SpeedFan is typically basic software to monitor vital signs of the computer, including HDD RPM, voltages, temperature, and important events. To be honest, this app’s interface seems like early 2000 computer, not surprising because the developer has launched the software at that time. It able to detect any fans and gain control of them.
Despite have less features, the SpeedFan provides fan control where you can adjust the speed to lower the temperature. When the room temperature is cold, you can decrease the fan RPM or shut it down for saving energy. Meanwhile, if you using a notebook that has no fan, this software might not very useful.
HWiNFO provides depth information regarding hardware’s health, not only temperature solely. It has tremendous descriptions that probably you don’t want to read it all altogether. The interface is pretty complex but you can switch to a summary version. Generated report and alert can be exported to the text, CSV, XML, or HTML format.
This kind of software is good for the server, cryptocurrency miner, or anything else which requires all-day workload. HWiNFO is available both the installer and portable version for Windows and DOS.