One of the main concerns that a lot of people talk about when they are discussing a new CPU or a CPU, in general, is checking the temperature of it or making sure that the temperatures are under control. After all, if your CPU is thermally performing poorly, it is better that you are doing something to remedy that or else you will only run into more issues.
Now, the good news is that checking the temperature of your CPU is not that difficult by any measure. Things have become a lot easier and simpler. So, you just have to install a reliable piece of software and you will do just fine.
Now, it is important to understand that when you are talking about CPU temperatures, there is no proper way of checking the temperature through analogue means. Which means that you are left with digital methods of checking the temperatures; now ideally, this is fine but digital methods can result in some discrepancies. For instance, I remember the NZXT CAM software bugging out and every time I would launch the software, the temperatures would spike.
With that out of the way, the main thing is that how do you check the temperatures of your CPU? Well, for starters, if you are using a cooler that comes with digital monitoring software, you can easily go ahead and install that and you will get the readings without any issues.
Choosing the right piece of software is very, very important. I would suggest that you stay away from software solutions such as Corsair iCUE or NZXT CAM. Because these tend to put a superficial load on your CPU, which results in the temperatures spiking up a lot, and that is not what we would suggest to anyone.
So, what does that leave you with? Well, I am mentioning a few pieces of software that you can use.
Anyone who has been in the PC building environment for some time now, it is safe to say that you are aware of CPU-Z. It is one of the best software pieces that you can use to get information about your CPU. However, CPU-Z cannot tell the temperature of the CPU, and that is why folks over at CPUID have developed HWMONITOR.
This is one of the most comprehensive pieces of software that is available in both free and paid variants, and the best part is that it is excellent in telling you the temperatures, and doing so accurately. The best part here is that the temperatures that are monitored using this software are not limited to just CPU, but also GPU, and other hardware that you have installed on your PC.
Moving on, you have another excellent piece of software known as HWINFO. While both the HWINFO and HWMONITOR look like they are similar, the developers are different, while the purpose remains the same. At this point, it is only a matter of preference; it all depends on what software do you wish to go for.
The software works great and does not put any unnecessary strain on your CPU or other hardware, which means that the temperatures will not spike all of a sudden.
The last piece of software is something that I would consider my personal favorite because of how functional and versatile it is. For starters, aside from just being a monitoring software, AIDA64 happens to be a full-fledged suite of stress tests that you can use to determine that everything running with more stability.
If you are not aware, AIDA64 is used throughout the testing industry by professionals to check temperatures, and stress test components and a great part about this software are that it is also excellent for monitoring purposes, which is why it is on our list.
CPU monitoring is no longer something for which you will have to go through several hoops. The process is not only simple but also straightforward and works well in all cases. Therefore, you can just go ahead and download any of the tools, install them, and you will be off to the races.
Using these tools is easy; for basic monitoring, you can use HWMONITOR or HWINFO. However, if you are looking for a more comprehensive insight, you can start using AIDA64 and you’ll be fine.