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What is a normal and safe CPU temperature range? Join us as we reveal Intel and AMD CPU temps during idle, normal and maximum load.

SEE ALSO: AMD CPU Temperatures - Idle, Load, Max Temps

All temperatures listed on this page are for CPUs running at default (non-overclocked) speeds with stock coolers. To give you a better understanding of Intel and AMD CPU operating temps, we have included their temperatures at different usage levels:

You can view the current CPU temperature by clicking the Sensors button. It shows the temperature of the each core in Celsius and Fahrenheit, minimum and maximum temperature, fan speed and other vital information. It also has other useful tools like registry cleaner, startup manager, disk defragmenter etc. Using Open Hardware Monitor to Get CPU Temperature in C#: IntroductionThe LattePanda is a full Windows 10 compatible single board computer based on the Intel Cherry Trail CPU. It features an upgraded Z8350 CPU (up to 1.92GHz) and a more stable RTL8723BS Wi-Fi chip (2.4G 802.11n). I brought one 2/32g LatteP. Well as a starter you can use this CPU heat monitor for Windows 10. NZXT Cam is the all-time favorite CPU heat monitor for Windows 10. It is one of the easiest temperature monitoring applications for PC. Free CAM software was developed for NZXT products to see CPU temps but its latest version supports all kinds of CPU brands. There are many ways to fix overheating problems. You can use simple techniques such as dusting the CPU fan, using a more powerful air cooler fan on your CPU or applying new thermal paste. Since liquid cooling is more effective at transferring heat compared to air, liquid cooling can reduce the CPU temperature by 50-60 °F (10-15°C).

  • Idle Temperature - Computer idling at Windows desktop (no open windows or programs)
  • Load Temperature - Computer under heavy use (heavy gaming, video editing, stress tests)
  • Max Temperature - Highest safe CPU temperature (as stated by Intel or AMD)

Running your CPU near its max temperature for long periods will affect its performance and may shorten its lifespan. Once most CPUs hit 90 to 100°C, they will begin throttling (lowering their clock speeds) to avoid overheating. If temperatures rise further, the CPU will shut itself down to avoid permanent damage.

We recommend that you measure the temperatures for your own CPU and compare them with the values below - Click here to learn how to check CPU temps.

Recommended CPU Coolers

Budget Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

High End Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 Chromax Black

Low Profile Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i (Intel) / Noctua NH-9La-AM4 (AMD)

Intel CPU Temps - Coffee Lake Refresh

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-9100

30 to 40°C

60 to 72°C

100°C

Core i5-9600K*

28 to 35°C

55 to 75°C

100°C

Core i7-9700K*

30 to 40°C

60 to 80°C

100°C

*Core i5-9600K and Core i7-9700K aren't bundled with Intel stock coolers. To obtain their idle and normal temperature range, we combined temperature readings from a budget cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) and high end cooler (Noctua NH-D15).

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Intel CPU Temps - Coffee Lake

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-8100

29 to 40°C

56 to 69°C

100°C

Core i5-8400

25 to 37°C

55 to 67°C

100°C

Core i7-8700K*

26 to 38°C

52 to 75°C

100°C

*Core i7-8700K isn't bundled with an Intel stock cooler. To obtain its idle and normal temperature range, we combined temperature readings from a budget cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) and high end cooler (Noctua NH-D15).

Intel CPU Temps - Kaby Lake

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-7350K*

25 to 33°C

45 to 60°C

100°C

Core i5-7600K*

25 to 35°C

45 to 65°C

100°C

Core i7-7700K*

25 to 35°C

50 to 70°C

100°C

*Core i3-7350K, Core i5-7600K and Core i7-7700K aren't bundled with Intel stock coolers. To obtain their idle and normal temperature range, we combined temperature readings from a budget air cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) and high end liquid cooler (Corsair H100i v2).

Intel CPU Temps - Skylake

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-6100

30 to 35°C

48 to 68°C

70°C

Core i5-6600K*

24 to 28°C

42 to 52°C

72°C

Core i7-6700K*

26 to 35°C

53 to 70°C

72°C

*Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K aren't bundled with Intel stock coolers. To obtain their idle and normal temperature range, we combined temperature readings from a budget air cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo) and high end liquid cooler (Corsair H100i GTX).

Intel CPU Temps - Haswell Refresh

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-4160

31 to 39°C

57 to 70°C

72°C

Core i5-4690K

32 to 40°C

60 to 72°C

73°C

Core i7-4790K

32 to 39°C

60 to 80°C

74°C

Intel CPU Temps - Haswell

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-4130

34 to 38°C

50 to 61°C

72°C

Core i5-4670K

28 to 35°C

47 to 60°C

72°C

Core i7-4770K

34 to 39°C

55 to 65°C

67°C

Intel CPU Temps - Ivy Bridge

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-3220

28 to 35°C

50 to 60°C

65°C

Core i5-3570K

28 to 35°C

50 to 62°C

67°C

Core i7-3770K

30 to 40°C

55 to 65°C

67°C

Intel CPU Temps - Sandy Bridge

Idle Temp

Load Temp

Max Temp

Core i3-2100

30 to 37°C

50 to 62°C

69°C

Core i5-2500K

35 to 41°C

55 to 65°C

72°C

Core i7-2600K

32 to 40°C

47 to 60°C

72°C

Other Factors That Affect Your CPU Temperature Range

Even with default clock speeds and stock coolers, there are still other factors that will affect your normal CPU temperature:

Room Temperature

Ambient room temperatures can affect CPU temps by 5 to 10°C. As a rough gauge, 1°C rise in room temperature = 1 to 1.5°C rise in CPU temps. That's why experienced hardware reviewers and overclockers will factor in their ambient room temperature when taking temperature readings.

Computer Case Cooling

A CPU can run 8 to 10°C cooler in a spacious computer case with excellent ventilation vs a small, cramped case filled with dust bunnies. Here's how to check if your computer case is doing a proper job of keeping the CPU cool:
Measure the temperature of your CPU with its side panels removed (see image below):

Close the computer case (put back the side panels) and check its temperature again. If the average CPU temperatures rises more than 5°C when the case is closed, then your computer case lacks adequate cooling. You'll need to organize your computer cables, get more (or better) case fans and consider using a modular power supply to minimize clutter.
We know what you're probably thinking at this point... 'Why don't I just leave the side panels open or go all out for an open air rig?'
While this method will indeed lower temperatures in the short run, dust will quickly clog up your heat sinks and fans (leading to even high temps than before). Therefore it only works if you're prepared to clean your heat sinks and fans every two to four weeks. In fact, a good computer case with directed air flow and pressure difference will run even cooler when closed.

CPU Build Quality

Due to their complex manufacturing process, even CPUs of the same model and batch can have notable differences in quality. While defective CPUs are discarded and inferior ones are rebadged, there is still a quality difference in those that make it past factory inspections.
Getting a high quality CPU from a store is a matter of luck (which is why overclockers get so excited when they chance upon a CPU of exceptional quality). All things being equal, a high quality CPU will run cooler and overclock better than a typical sample.

Recommended Motherboard CPU Combos

Budget Computer: AMD Athlon 3000G CPU + Gigabyte B450M DS3H Motherboard

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Mid Range Computer: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G CPU + Gigabyte B450M Aorus M Motherboard

Gaming Computer: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU + Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus Motherboard

Home Theater PC: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU + Gigabyte B450 I Aorus Pro Wi-Fi Motherboard

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Real Temp is a temperature monitoring program designed for all Intel single Core, Dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors.
Each core on these processors has a digital thermal sensor (DTS) that reports temperature data relative to TJMax which is the safe maximum operating core temperature for the CPU. As your CPU heats up, your Distance to TJMax will decrease. If it reaches zero, your processor will start to thermal throttle or slow down so maximizing your distance away from TJMax will help your computer run at full speed and more reliably too.

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Main Features

  • Reads temperature information from all Intel Core based processors. Pentium 4 processors are not supported.
  • Ability to individually calibrate Real Temp for each core of your CPU.
  • Program is based on temperature data gathered using a Fluke 62 IR Thermometer.
  • Test Sensors feature will check your DTS sensors for any sign of problems.
  • Keeps track of Minimum and Maximum temperatures with full logging features.
  • Reporting and logging of the Intel PROCHOT# thermal throttle activity bit.
  • Quick, very accurate and repeatable benchmark.
  • Displays MHz, TJMax, CPUID, APIC ID and Calibration settings.
  • High temperature alarm and shutdown feature based on CPU or NVIDIA GPU temperature.
  • No installation or registry modifications required.
  • Support for Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit)

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Documentation

See the Installation & Calibration Page.

Downloads

The latest version is available in the downloads section.

Changes in Version 3.70

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  • Support for Sandy Bridge CPUs.
  • VID based power consumption estimates for the newer CPUs.
  • Improved log file formatting.
  • Added a single system tray icon that reports the maximum core temperature.
  • RealTemp GT updated for the 6 core Sandy Bridge E CPUs.
  • i7 Turbo GT 1.30 multiplier monitoring tool.

Changes in Version 3.60

  • Added Core i Turbo multiplier and Turbo TDP/TDC overclocking for Extreme / K series CPUs.
  • Added ATI GPU and improved NVIDIA GPU monitoring with CrossFire and SLI support.
  • Added a system tray / notification area font selector.
  • New Fahrenheit and 3 digit system tray option.
  • Fixed Core 2 Extreme multiplier reporting.
  • Fixed Core 2 mobile CPU C0% based load reporting.
  • Changed how Core 2 Super Low Frequency Mode (SLFM) is reported.
  • Improved sensor test consistency.
  • Bug with Reset button on ATI systems fixed.
  • RealTemp GT for the 6 core Gulftown CPUs was also updated.
  • Separate i7 Turbo GT multiplier monitoring tool for 6 core Gulftown CPUs added.

Changes in Version 3.40

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  • Core i7/i5/Xeon socket 1156 support including accurate turbo mode reporting.
  • new information window for Nvidia GPUs with improved SLI support.
  • correct reporting of Super Low Frequency Mode (SLFM) for Core 2 mobile CPUs.
  • correct reporting of Intel Dynamic Acceleration (IDA) for Core 2 mobile CPUs.
  • added VID reporting to the main GUI for Core 2 based CPUs.
  • added a Fahrenheit=1 INI file option.
  • added the option to view a Task Manager based or a C0% based load meter.
  • added the ability to toggle C1E state and view the SpeedStep (EIST) state.
  • improved dual and multi-monitor support including Anchor mode.
  • includes RealTemp GT, a 6 core version of RealTemp for Gulftown CPUs.
  • includes i7 Turbo, a high precision multiplier monitoring tool for all Core CPUs.
  • and includes LoadTester, a variable load, single core testing program.
  • Skull=1 or Skull=2 INI option for reading each CPU on a Dual Quad system.
  • thanks rge, burebista and somebody on TPU for all of your ideas and help.

Changes in Version 3.00

  • Core i7 temperature and frequency support including Turbo mode.
  • NVIDIA temperature reporting with highest GPU temperature displayed in SLI mode.
  • Ability to run a file or shutdown based on user defined alarm temperature.
  • Updated interface with modern XP / Vista style and border in Mini Mode.
  • Start Minimized Vista issues finally fixed.
  • New RivaTuner plug-in support.
  • Extra information on the main screen and the retirement of the toggle button.
  • Switch to UNICODE for better international support.
  • Adjustable GUI colors and bold System Tray font option.
  • TJMax updated based on new Intel documentation and further testing.
  • Calibration formula simplified.
  • All new CPU Cool Down Test for a more thorough look at your sensors.
  • Clock Modulation & Minimize on Close options.
  • New CPU Load meter, log file headings and Distance to TJMax in the System Tray.
  • 101 other improvements including initial Windows 7 Beta support.

Changes in Version 2.70

  • Redesigned user interface (GUI) with larger temperature fonts.
  • Added a movable Mini-Mode that is turned on and off with a double left mouse click on the GUI.
  • Added an Anchor position so the GUI will move to a fixed screen position after a double right mouse click.
  • Anchor position can be customized by holding down the Shift key while double right clicking.
  • The correct physical core order of Quad core processors is now reported based on APIC ID.
  • Added reporting of Minimum and Maximum VID as well as current VID.
  • A new user selectable high temperature alarm with two alarms for Quad core processors.
  • More accurate MHz calculation as well as FSB and CPU multiplier reporting.
  • New program Up Time feature.
  • Bug fix for log file output when using a Single or Dual core processor.
  • Fixed and improved the Default button in the Settings window.
  • Button labels and functionality changed in Settings window to follow the Windows style guide.
  • Improved multi-threading and memory usage for better long term stability.
  • Start Minimized option improved for better Vista support. See the documentation for more info.
  • Option to save the Log file in .CSV format for easy Excel support.
  • Gamer Mode temporarily retired.

Changes in Version 2.60

  • Added a new Settings screen where all adjustments can be made in real time including TjMax.
  • Temperatures of any core are now displayed in the System Tray area. Thanks W1zzard!
  • 4 font options for the System Tray.
  • Choice of Current, Minimum, Maximum or Average termperature displayed in the System Tray.
  • Test Sensors feature improved to increase repeatability.
  • CPU real time MHz calculation was re-worked for better SetFSB / ClockGen support.
  • Calibration options now include one digit after the decimal point for finer adjustments.
  • Experimental Gamer Mode introduced which allows core temperatures to be seen in some games.

Changes in Version 2.5

  • Added minimize to System Tray support.
  • Correctly reports CPU MHz for the new 45nm processors.
  • Displays CPU voltage identification (VID).
  • Start minimized option and now opens and closes in the same location.

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Changes in Version 2.41

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  • adjustable Idle calibration for each core and expanded range from -3 to 3.
  • adjustable TjMax for each core.
  • log interval options expanded from 1 to 60 seconds.
  • a change of timers used for the benchmark feature to better support overclocking from within Windows.
  • Reset button added to the gui to reset minimum and maximum temperatures.
  • better support of the Enter and Tab keys.