CPU Temperature

What should be my CPU Temperature?

The manufacturer, speed, sensor location, and current running programs is what determines the correct operating temperature for your processor. With that being said, this article should give you a better understanding of what temperatures are acceptable under certain conditions. Most desktop processors run between 21°-32°C and should not exceed temperatures of 35°C.

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

     Processors       Average temperature
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
     Processors       Average temperature
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
     Processors       Average temperature
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
     Processors       Average temperature
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.

  1. Computer randomly turns off
  2. Computer restarts often
  3. Computer runs much slower
When a computer is still being used with a processor that exceeds the recommended temperature, it dramatically reduces the life expectancy of the processor.

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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