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I know that almost all processors nowadays have built in temperature sensors. How and why aren't these part of task manager? (or the performance tab) Is there a different program that would effectively do the same thing?

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Try HardWare Monitor:

HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others. In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature.

If you wish to see only the CPU temperature, and are not concerned about anything else, Core Temp is a more compact, smaller foot print program:

The uniqueness of it is that it shows the temperature of each individual core in each processor in your system! You can see in real time how the CPU temperature varies when you load your CPU. It's also completely motherboard independent.

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Thanks, why doesn't windows include it in task manager, or performance manager...? –  wizlog Aug 18 '11 at 14:48
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Doing so would require Microsoft to support all of the myriad different configurations of temperature sensors in every processor capable of running Windows, not to mention future processors. Remember, Windows doesn't support only "modern processors", but ancient ones as well, and those that don't yet exist. If people had to download windows updates to the task manager every other day just to support this feature, there would be hell to pay. Coretemp is updated all the time to support new processors, but it isn't reasonable to expect that from a core component of Windows. –  Fopedush Aug 18 '11 at 14:56
    
Wouldn't it just be so much simpler to have a driver, (and contained in the driver is the temp sensor), or have Microsoft identify your hardware, then download yours once. It could be an optional update, that users could install in their first Windows Update. –  wizlog Aug 18 '11 at 19:35

You can Use Argus Monitor. It's a Hardware Temperature monitoring tool. It measures CPU, Hard-Disk and GPU Temperature and also monitor Hard-Disk using S.M.A.R.T . Displays Processors fan speed.

This Software allows the user to mark the Threshold value for the Hardware's Temperature. You can select the task to perform when the Threshold value is reached.

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To make your answer more complete, you should add a link? –  wizlog Aug 18 '11 at 19:36

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