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Intel® Power Gadget is a software-based power usage monitoring tool enabled for Intel® Core™ processors (from 2nd Generation up to 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors). Intel® Atom™ processors are not supported. It is supported on Windows* and macOS* and includes an application, driver, and libraries to monitor and estimate real-time processor package power information in watts using the energy counters in the processor. With this release, we are providing functionality to evaluate power information on various platforms including notebooks, desktops and servers. Windows 7* and 32-bit versions of the Intel® Power Gadget for Windows* has ceased development from 3.0.7. Starting with version 3.5 and going forward, only the 64-bit version and Windows 8* will be supported.
Traditional methods to estimate power/energy usage of the processor has always been a cumbersome task that included special purpose tools or instrumentation on the platform along with third party equipment. The motivation for the tool was to assist end-users, ISV’s, OEM’s, developers, and others interested in a more precise estimation of power from a software level without any H/W instrumentation.
In version 3.0 there are additional features that include estimation of power on multi-socket systems as well as externally callable APIs to extract power information within sections of code. The multi-socket support essentially evaluates the Energy MSR on a per-socket basis and provides an estimate of power draw per socket. The API layer is a set of libraries and dlls that can be called and offers the flexibility to build the tool within code sections of an application. Latest release also includes support for Windows 10*.
Brief Description (Windows*)
Intel® Power Gadget 3.5 consists of the following components. Set of driver and libraries which access and post process the processor energy counter to calculate the power usage in Watts, temperate in Celsius and frequency in GHz (default install directory will be ~Program FilesIntelPower Gadget 3.5). A command line version of the tool (PowerLog3.0.exe) is also included
System Requirements (Windows*)
- Windows 8*
- Windows 10*
- Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft .NET* Framework 4
- Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable package
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor or later, older processors not supported
- Single socket
System Requirements (macOS*)
- macOS* 10.11 or later
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor or later
Known Limitations / Issues
- Graphs will not appear if your processor does not have the appropriate hardware counters
- Discrete graphics cards are not supported and GPU graphs will not appear unless Intel graphics is in use
- Windows 7* supported builds are below in the Archive section
Installation / Setup (Windows*)
- Run the msi package as an administrator. Accept the UAC, if one appears
- Follow the installer prompt instructions to complete installation
- .Net Framework 4 (will automatically be downloaded from Microsoft* site if not yet installed in your system) needs Internet connection
- Microsoft* Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable Package (will automatically get installed if not yet installed)
Installation / Setup (macOS*)
- Double click the downloaded DMG (Intel Power Gadget.dmg)
- Double click the package (Install Intel Power Gadget.pkg)
- Follow the installer prompt instructions to complete installation
On recent macOS versions, after installation users need to explicitly allow the Power Gadget driver to load:
- Open System Preferences, and click on 'Security and Privacy'
- Click the lock at the bottom of the page to unlock changes
- Click 'Allow' to allow system software from Intel Corporation:
- Restart your computer to apply the changes
On macOS Catalina (10.15), users may need to perform additional steps to enable the Power Gadget driver to automatically load (this is due to a bug in macOS).
- Open the Terminal application
- Enter the following command, and press Enter (requires a password to complete):
- Restart your computer to apply the changes
Common use of Intel® Power Gadget is to monitor energy usage of the processor
- Provides processor power (Watts), temperature (Celsius) and frequency (MHz) in real-time via graph displayed in the GUI
- Let you log the power and frequency measurements and save it in a csv format.
- Double click on the desktop shortcut and the GUI will launch
- Drag to move the GUI.
- Right click the GUI and a pop-up menu will show up allowing you to choose options or close the application. Options have the following parameters. Click “Start Log” button in the GUI to start logging. Press the same button “Stop Log” to stop logging. While it’s logging, red label “REC” will blink in the power chart area.
- You can choose to add time-stamp to the log file name or not.
- You can choose the log file name.
- You can choose to resize the GUI from 100% to 300% by dragging the slider and testing the new size with the “Apply Size” button and accept the changes by pressing “Ok”.
- Screen Update Resolution lets you change how often the GUI is updated at runtime. This may range from 50 ms to 1000 ms. (Default set to 1000 ms)
- Log Sampling Resolution lets you change the logging sampling resolution ranging from 1 ms to 1000 ms. (Default set to 100 ms)
- In a multi-socket system, you can choose which package information to display in the GUI. The log will record all package information in a csv file.
- Click 'Start Log' button in the GUI to start logging. Press the same button 'Stop Log' to stop logging. While it's logging, red label 'REC' will blink in the power chart area
Using Intel® Power Gadget 3.0 in a Script
In order to start and stop the logging in a script, first launch the GUI as usual.
- At the beginning of the script, call 'IntelPowerGadget.exe -start' and it will trigger the logging in the GUI.
- At the end of the script, call “IntelPowerGadget.exe -stop” and it will stop the logging.
The parameters for the log are based on the options set in the GUI.
PowerLog3.0.exe is the command line version of Intel® Power Gadget in logging power usage
- Log power data to logfile for a period of time:
- Start a command a log power data to logfile until the command finish:
Logfile will include the elapsed timed, package power limit, processor frequency, GT frequency, processor temperature, average and cumulative power of the processor
- Processor Energy (Total energy of the processor) = IA Energy + GT Energy (if applicable) + Others (not measured)
- IA Energy (Energy of the CPU/processor cores)
- GT Energy (Energy of the processor graphics) – If applicable , some processors for desktops and servers don’t have it or may have use discrete graphics
Only works on 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family or newer. Atom processors not yet supported.
Use only 32-bit installer for 32-bit OS and 64-bit installer for 64-bit OS
Application may hang after running for a long period of time (just close and restart application)
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Intel® Power Gadget also provides a C/C++ Application Programming Interface (API) for accessing this power and frequency data in your program; the API is supported on Windows and Mac OS X. For more information on the API's, see:
For Mac Using the Intel® Power Gadget API on Mac OS X
For Windows Using the Intel® Power Gadget API on Windows
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 5 Best CPU Temperature Monitor Tools for Windows
Is your computer suffering from overheating? Why not get yourself a CPU temp monitor? This article introduces 5 best CPU temperature monitor tools for your Windows PC. Let’s read and get a reliable tool to keep an eye on CPU temp as well as your computer.
by Jeremy Jun 18, 2020
The overheating is one of the common reasons that causes computer processors' damage. Fortunately, there are more and more people realizing the importance of the temperature monitoring. If you have no idea about how to monitor computer temperature or how to make the right choice among multiple temp monitor tools, here it is.
In the following article, we put the emphasis on monitoring CPU temp, and introduces 5 best CPU temp monitor tools in 2020. They are Smart Game Booster, Speedfan, HWMonitor, Real Temp, and AID64 Extreme. Let’s see how these CPU temperature monitor tools help our computers avoid the overheating issue, and live healthy lives.
Best CPU Temperature Monitor Tools in 2020
[Editor's Choice] Best CPU Temp Monitor for Gamers
Among multiple programs, we highly recommend you use Smart Game Booster as your CPU temp monitor on Windows. We all know that CPU usually running too hot especially when gaming, while Smart Game Booster is designed for gamers and it helps acquire in-game temperatures.
Smart Game Booster not only monitors your CPU & GPU temps inside the game, but also displays all the details of the temperatures of motherboard as well as fan speed. Once any of your hardware gets overheated and raise to an unnormal temperature, this temp monitor will give you a warning alert, effectively helping the hardware and your computer from being damaged and data loss. More importantly, its CPU temp monitor feature is completely free to use, and the interface of Smart Game Booster is top and user-friendly.
By using Smart Game Booster, you can make full use of its other advanced features, including 1-click game boost, overclock, disk defrag, free driver updater and so on, to get the better PC performance and gaming experience.
Smart Game Booster 4
- Overclock Hardware
- Boost Game Speed
- Monitor PC Temperature
- Increase Game FPS
- Free Download
- Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP
Speedfan – Popular CPU Temp Monitor
Speedfan is one of the most popular CPU temp monitors in the marketplace. The tool has very typical Windows XP interface, but don’t worry, the tool is updated on a regular basis and it provides helpful features for you to monitor CPU temperature and fan speeds. Besides the CPU temp monitor, we use its “change fan speed” function as the main feature, just like its name.
Speedfan can access digital temperature sensors on computer and change fan speeds based on the system temperatures. You are allowed to change parameters for the maximum and minimum fan speed: raise the speed to 100% when CPU gets overheated; lower the fan speed for reducing noise. In this way, you easily control the fan speeds for better performance. Speedfan is 100% compatible with Windows PC, and it works fine with all Windows OS versions.
HWMonitor – Hardware Monitoring Tool
For anyone who is looking for a great CPU temp monitor tool, HWMonitor is one of the best CPU temperature monitor programs for computers’ elements like temperatures, voltages and fans speed. It is developed by CPUID, a reliable and well-trusted software provider. Due to its frequent updates, HWMonitor supports the latest CPUs and works perfectly on Windows computers.
With this CPU temp monitor, you are able to check the temperatures of CPU, GPU, motherboard and voltages. The values will be displayed in 3 sets: current value, maximum value as well as minimum value, which makes pretty easy to catch up the situation of your PC system. If you only want a tool to monitor CPU temperature, this one is good. If you higher requirements, HWMonitor does contain the unavailability of some advanced features like fan speed control or temperature warning alarm, and it cannot meet your needs very well.
Real Temp –CPU Temperature Monitor for Intel Processors
If your computers are equipped with Intel processors, then this Real Temp is your CPU temp monitor. As one of the best CPU temperature monitor tools, Real Temp is well designed and developed for monitoring all Intel single, dual, quad core and core i5, i7 processors.
Based on temperature data gathered using a Fluke 62 IR Thermometer, Real Temp can keep track of and display your CPU temperature in real-time. Additionally, it offers useful high temp alarm and shutdown features as well.
Like we reviewed, Ream Temp is for monitoring Intel core-based processors. If your computers are running on Pentium or AMD processors, you have to look into other CPU temp monitor programs.
AIDA64 Extreme – Comprehensive Monitor Tool
No doubt, AIDA64 is another great option of monitoring CPU temperature. But in fact, it offers more than just CPU temp monitor, this feature-rich program is mostly used by power users. For example, if you have demands on overclocking your computer, you’ll like and take advantages of AIDA64 Extreme premium features.
Free Intel Cpu Temp Monitor Program
AIDA64 Extreme supports over 250 various sensor devices to monitor temperature, fan speeds, voltages and etc. Besides this, the main features include 50 pages of information on hard configuration, stress testing module, the most accurate hardware detection capability, benchmarking, software audit and much more.
Hardware overheating issue can cause very bad results, and everyone (especially gamers who expect top gaming experience) should realize that CPU temp monitoring is essential. We hope the 5 best CPU temp monitor tools listed above can really help you out.