Questions tagged [temperature]

Temperature, in hardware, refers to the degree or intensity of heat present in the hardware. Generally, excess heat is damaging to hardware which makes it necessary to monitor the temperature of hardware and take steps to reduce it.

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How can I check the temperature of my CPU in Windows?

Does Windows provide a means to check my CPU temperature natively? If not, are there any software tools which can reveal this information?
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How can I monitor the CPU temperature under linux?

How do I monitor and display the CPU temperature using Linux?
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Is it dangerous to run a CPU in an extremely cold environment?

We are in a fish processing unit where the temperature is constantly at -10°C (+13F). If we use a machine in here, will it be at risk of damage from the cold? Is there any considerations we need to ...
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Why do different 100% cpu loads cause different temperatures on the cpu?

I have been running tests between using CPUz and OCCT. I noticed that if I set CPUz to stress the CPU with multiple threads it will never go above 70c. On the other hand running OCCT to load on the ...
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How can I measure my computer temperature?

I would like to monitor the temperature of the computer's components and also the fan speed. How can I do this?
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Is it safe to use a laptop if the CPU fan is failing?

I'm having problems with my fan which went from being annoyingly loud to sometimes completely stopping and failing to dissipate the heat form my laptop. I'm in the process of replacing it, however, I ...
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What is the safe temperature range for a Core-i5 processor?

I have an HP laptop with with a Core-i5 450m processor and an ATI Radeon 5650 1GB graphics card. When I played crysis warhead on my system its temprature went up to 82° c. Is it safe to play games up ...
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CPU Temperature sensor wrong?

Everest Ultimate is suddenly telling me that the CPU temperature (and core temps) for my E6850 Core 2 Duo is 72 degrees Celsius. When I stress-test the machine, the temp goes up to 91 degrees and the ...
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Will cold weather break my laptop?

Situation: It's -5 °C outside and I'm bringing my laptop to school in my bag. I spend a lot of time walking outside in the cold. Then I go into the school where it's 25 °C and fire up the laptop ...
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Safe long-term CPU temp? [closed]

I'm considering running a game server for some friends and I to play on with my laptop, but while the server is running my processor use tends to go to around 55-65% and my CPU temperature hovers ...
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Why can GPUs run hotter than CPUs?

As far as I can tell GPUs can easily run at much higher temperatures than CPUs without problems. Aren't they both made out of the same materials? Why are GPUs capable of operating at temperatures that ...
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What is the safe temperature limit for a consumer SATA hard drive?

Background My personal desktop system at home has 5 SATA drives racked up inside. Recently my system started failing in odd ways like random kernel panics and I eventually traced it to random ...
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Will a laptop work in temperatures below freezing point?

My employer needs me to do some field work that will take place outside in temperatures up to -20C. I will use 2 Dell laptops, 1 Acer netbook and 1 Samsung netbook. The laptops will be started and ...
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My computer raises the ambient room temperature by about 4°F. I don't like it (in the summer)

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3 on an Intel Core2 Duo CPU E7400 with 3.5 GB of RAM and an Intel G45/G43 chipset. The motherboard runs at 35°C and the CPU at 32°C -- which I don't think is too hot. ...
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Does overheating cause a computer to slow down?

I've heard that heat issues can cause problems with PCs, but is this realistic? Is leaving the desktop in a cabinet area, or above-average-room-temp, a realistic potential cause of slowdowns? (I'm ...
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My 386sx refuses to start in cold days

My old computer refuses to start in cold days. So, in really hot days (about 40ºC / 104ºF ) or even hotter, this PC usually starts, but in cold days, it wont. When the temperature is not in the "...
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How do I check CPU temperature in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I measure my computer temperature? On my previous PC I have used some gadgets to measure the temperature. How can I measure it on Windows 8?
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Why does starting up while cold make a laptop run slowly until I restart it after it's warmed up?

I have a Dell Latitude D520 that lives in my car all the time. Please don't ask about that part, or suggest that the laptop should live indoors. I know this, and I would if I could. Anyhow... I ...
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CPU temperature too high but fan not running at max speed

I think I am having some problem with processor fan... it never runs on full speed event though my processor temperature is going so high. I am using HWMonitor (also speedfan) to record temperatures ...
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Why does my fan run high when computer is very cold

On very cold days, when I first turn my computer on, the fan runs on its highest setting for 20 seconds. On this boot, the computer responds much more slowly than usual. I have to reboot after the ...
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Thinkpad shuts down after 10 minutes of heavy use

Less than two years ago, I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad R500. When using the CPU heavily, it sometimes decides to reboot (with Ubuntu briefly showing "shutdown" message). A Linux widget shows me the CPU ...
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Maximum CPU Temperature for Core 2 Duo E6400

What is considered to be the highest safe CPU temperature when overclocking? I have a Core 2 Duo E6400 overclocked to 2.85GHz with 1.2vCore. This runs at 29C idle and 45C under load. These ...
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Maximum temperature laptop internals can handle? Cooling options?

So I have a Compaq CQ50-215CA and my sister was using her laptop on her bed and I was just using it quickly to check my email. The surface of the laptop was really hot and I opened Speccy to see that ...
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Safe GPU temperatures

What temperatures are safe for a GPU?
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At what working temperatures will my gpu not only survive, but have a long healthy life

There are plenty of questions about what a safe gpu temperature is, but these seem focused on what temperatures a gpu will survive at in the short term, regardless of whether it may shorten the cards ...
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Are my CPU temperatures too high?

My CPU temperature revolves around 40 - 50 C while idle and it immediately shoots up to 90 C while starting a game as old as AOE II Conquerors. See below the screenshot which I captured using CPU ID ...
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Software for monitoring and measuring GPU temperature (Windows XP/7) [closed]

Are there any programs available for monitoring and measuring GPU temperature? I'd prefer something free, and for either Windows XP or Windows 7.
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BIOS upgrade lowers CPU temperature

Setup I've got a system with an Asus P8Z68-V PRO motherboard and an Intel Core i7-2600K CPU running at stock speed (no overlocking) which I cool with a Noctua NH-U12P. On the heatsink I've got the ...
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Motherboard temperature reaches 124° C?

This is a brand new PC build (only a few days old.) There are plenty of fans in the case, but after a few hours of playing Skyrim, this is what Speccy reports: My usual motherboard idle temperature ...
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What's the maximum safe temperature for a HD Radeon 6870? [closed]

I'm running a passively cooled HD Radeon 6870 in my PC. While using 3D Acceleration, the temperature climbs up to 95 degrees Celsius according to SpeedFan. It seems a bit hot, but on the other hand I'...
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Wild CPU temperature fluctuations during stress test

I have upgraded my laptop CPU and gave it a stress test. The weird thing is that during the test the CPU temperature readings fluctuate wildly in a periodic manner. At idle, the CPU temperature is ~45 ...
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My hard drive seems to be overheating… what should I do?

After a cold boot, the hard drive in my notebook jumps to 56℃ within an hour or so of idling. Is 56℃ a cause for alarm? Notes: The notebook is on a flat desk and none of the vents are obstructed. ...
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Is it safe to run computers for long periods of time in very cold environments?

I have a CNC (a computer-controlled milling machine) in my garage. The garage is not heated, and the temperature goes down to -25°C (-13°F) some days in January. If I keep my computer, an old ...
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Laptop overheating after doing the usual cleaning routine

I have a Vaio VGN-CR353 laptop was given to me around September or October 2012 and I installed Ubuntu on it. I have already made it into a very personal laptop and installed games under wine (SC2, ...
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Dangers of Running Computers w/o Air Conditioning

I recently moved in to an apartment with out air conditioning. This is fine most of the time as I am in upstate New York. It only ever gets above the high 70s during the hottest of the summer months....
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How can I make Speedfan run automatically when the PC starts?

I tweaked the fan curve on my case fan because it runs at 100% when I am gaming. So I made it run at a max of 80%, which is MUCH more quieter, and it doesn't seem to have any impact on the max ...
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How can I see the evolution of the CPU temperatures in the SpeedFan log file? [closed]

I run SpeedFan in Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) and found some log files in C:\Program Files\SpeedFan named SFLog20110717-0001.csv through SFLog20110717-0009.csv. I opened them, hoping to see a log ...
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Suspend process according to CPU temperature in Windows 8

Is there is a software or a way to suspend a process according to the CPU temperature? Sometimes when I render video the CPU temperature increases a lot, so I have to suspend the process in resource ...
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Battery stops charging at 84% and gets very hot

My laptop battery always charges to about 84% to 87%. Once it reaches a charge level in that range, it stops charging, but Windows says it is "plugged in and charging". Because it has not reached 100%,...
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Does anyone know the temperature ranges one can expect on a core2 duo

Some background. I'm having problems with my computer suddenly shutting down and then refusing to start unless I wait awhile. So I'm assuming it's a temperature problem. I installed SpedFan and it ...
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Ways to know whether my Laptop fan is working or not

On my Laptop the CPU Core Temps. have been relatively high recently (I think) and so there's a nagging doubt in my mind whether any of the internal fans have failed. What are other alternative ways to ...
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Could a temp directory with a lot of files slow down the Windows PC?

I am not sure if it is a metropolitan legend, but I'm asking me if a temporary directory on Windows Vista PC with a lot of file (~30.000) could slow down the entire machine. I would like to get some ...
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USB thermometer that works in Linux [closed]

I am constructing a small robot based on an embedded board running Linux. I am looking for a USB thermometer device, which will work with the 2.6 kernel. So far I found a bunch of devices, but it's ...
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Computer unstable at lower temperatures

My computer is playing some strange joke at me, and I'm at a loss. Everybody knows that hot temperatures causes many components to become unstable and even cause damage. When I built this machine, I ...
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Why would my CPU suddenly get much hotter than it used to? [closed]

I run an i7-2700K on a DZ68BC, which I've assembled about a year ago. I've used the stock Intel fan without additional thermal compound and it worked flawlessly ever since. I've had the Intel Desktop ...
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How can I view my video card's temperature via SSH?

I've finally managed to set up my two ATI Radeon 6950 video cards in my machine, but the cards can get quite hot. Based on the arrangement of my apartment, I want to be able to SSH into the machine an ...
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Accidentally left a small form factor PC in ~100F (37c) temperature for several hours - is it safe to use?

I ordered a small form factor PC online (ASUS VivoPC VM40B-02), new/sealed, which was delivered to my doorstep. As I wasn't there, it sat in direct sunlight for about six hours on a hot day (according ...
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Recommendations for turning on a laptop that is cold, like ~10F (sat in car outside overnight)?

I saw the question Will cold weather break my laptop?... I have a similar question, but it's different. One of the answers there posted a list of top-10 recommendations for what to do. (source: ...
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Linux CLI: fail-proof way to check temperature

I usually use one of the following to check temperature of Linux-based computers: $ cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THM/temperature $ acpi -V $ sensors However, on the current system I am using (Debian ...
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Which software can I use to make graphs of my computer's temperature? [duplicate]

I have bought a new fan for my PC and I want to try different configurations (air in/out) for the fans. To measure the temperature I have AIDA64 Extreme, but the problem is that the values change ...

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