The 9 Best Laptop and PC Temperature Monitoring Apps

Xiaobai Software  2022-05-10 10: 56  read 297 views

Overheating is one of the main causes of computer problems.A cramped case and dust buildup can lead to poor airflow.Without circulation, the heat generated inside has nowhere to go.

 

Ignoring thermal issues is the surest way to destroy a laptop.Do you think it's slow because it's old?Part of this is true, but not all.

Heat can seriously impair the performance of computer components, with hard drives being the most vulnerable.If your hard drive looks like it's dying, the first thing to do is to check the internal temperature.Fortunately, checking the temperature is as easy as using one of these free heat monitoring apps.

1. CrystalDiskInfo

 

If your laptop's main temperature problem is the hard drive overheating, then just check out CrystalDiskInfo.It's a utility dedicated to managing the health of HDDs and SSDs, and it's so useful that we think it's a must-have diagnostic tool for Windows users.

With its clear and easy-to-use interface, you can easily browse all the information it provides you to discover the temperature of your laptop hard drive in a flash.It has all the advanced features and is practical enough for power users, not just novices.

Notable features include:

1. Monitor the temperature of all system HDDs and SSDs.

2. Health Estimates the overall health of each drive.

3. Drill down to the values ​​of all read/write drives.

4. Depth graphs for HDD and SSD values ​​over time.

5. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

Download: CrystalDiskInfo for Windows (free)

2. NZXT CAM

 

NZXT CAM is a temperature and hardware monitoring tool with a smooth user interface and numerous options.

You may notice the developer's name, NZXT. NZXT manufactures a range of PC hardware and as such, NZXT CAM works very well with their hardware.For example, you can use NZXT CAM to control case lights, fan speed, power supply voltage, and much more supported.

Notable features include:

1. Read various temperature, fan and speed sensors.

2. Control NZXT compatible hardware.

3. Customizable user interface.

4. Displays detailed system specifications.

5. Optional game overlay.

Download: NZXT CAM for Windows (free)

3. Core Temp

 

Core Temp is a fast, accurate and flexible laptop temperature monitor.However, be warned: the installer comes with bundled software!Uncheck it to avoid it, but be careful when installing.
Notable features include:

1. System tray icon with real-time information.

2. Select the sensor to display in the system tray icon.

3. Overheating protection issues a notification when the temperature is too high.

4. Trace the system hardware details for reference.

5. Check for BIOS and driver updates.

Download: Core Temp for Windows (free)

4. Open Hardware Monitor

Open Hardware Monitor is similar to HWiNFO and HWMonitor except that it is open source.In fact, Open Hardware Monitor is considered a dead project because it hasn't received an update since 2016 (which makes Open Hardware Monitor unable to work with some of the latest hardware).

However, in early 2020, updates to Open Hardware Monitor started rolling out, updating the notebook temperature monitoring tool for the latest CPUs, GPUs, and other hardware.

Notable features include:

1. Read most sensors for voltage, temperature or fan.

2. Save sensor data to a log for troubleshooting.

3. Display the data on a remote web server.

4. It is easy to carry, so no installation is required.

Download: Open Hardware Monitor for Windows (free)

5. HWiNFO

 

HWiNFO is a lightweight diagnostic tool for displaying in-depth hardware information and monitoring systems in real time.It's much simpler to use than it sounds.Also, it's actively updated - about every 1-2 months with a new version, which is great for cutting edge systems.

Notable features include:

1. System tray icon with real-time information.

2. Report CPU, RAM, HDD, SSD, battery, etc.

3. Allows remote monitoring of sensor data.

4. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

5. MS-DOS version available for older systems.

Download: HWiNFO for Windows (free)

6. SpeedFan

 

Aside from potential hardware damage, high system temperatures are a problem because they cause your laptop's fans to work overtime.A hard-working fan wears out faster, but more importantly, a fast-spinning fan is noisy.Much bigger than you might think.This is one of the reasons we recommend investing in a proper laptop cooling pad.

Of the many ways to eliminate notebook fan noise, the easiest is to use the SpeedFan to manually control the fan's revolutions per minute (RPM).Also, SpeedFan has the ability to monitor temperature, so it's like a XNUMX-in-XNUMX app, just not as advanced as the other apps above.

Unfortunately, Speedfan hasn't been updated in years, but it's still a competent hardware monitoring tool.

Notable features include:

1. System tray icon with real-time information.

2. Read any sensor with voltage, temperature or fan.

3. Set custom min/max fan speed based on sensor value.

4. Adjust and fix incorrect temperature readings on sensor.

5. Graph of values ​​over time for troubleshooting.

Download: SpeedFan for Windows (free)

7. HWMonitor

 

HWMonitor is one of the most trusted laptop temperature monitoring applications out there.The free version is good enough to monitor the temperature, but there is a Pro version that has some advanced features (such as graphics generation) for 20 euros.

Notable features include:

1. Read any sensor with voltage, temperature or fan.

2. Save monitoring data to a log for troubleshooting.

3. Check for BIOS and driver updates.

4. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

Download: HWMonitor for Windows (free)

8. Macs Fan Control

 

If you're running Windows on a Mac, things can get a little tricky because Mac hardware has some proprietary quirks.

The good news is that there is a free app just for you called Macs Fan Control.It's easy to use and highly recommended, allowing you to monitor various hardware temperatures.

Notable features include:

1. System tray icon with real-time temperature.

2. Select the sensor to display in the system tray icon.

3. Set custom min/max fan speed based on sensor value.

4. Supports third-party HDD and SSD sensors.

5. Supports all models: iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro.

Download: Macs Fan Control for Windows (free)

9.MSI Afterburner

 

Yes, MSI's popular overclocking tool Afterburner also doubles as a GPU and CPU temperature monitoring tool. What sets the MSI Afterburner apart is a handy temperature overlay that helps you keep an eye on your core temperature while gaming, streaming or otherwise.Having these thermometers means you won't accidentally overheat your hardware!

Notable features include:

1. GPU and CPU temperature monitoring

2. Integrated overclocking function

3. OC Scanner one-click overclocking tool

4. On-screen display

5. Customize fan profiles to help with cooling

Tips for Lowering Your Laptop Temperature

Make sure to check the CPU and other hardware temperatures when the laptop is idle (no applications running) and under load (running performance-intensive applications).High idle temperatures can be as degraded as high peaks under load.

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