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Are you looking for the optimal CPU and GPU temperatures?

You’re in the right place. Computers can overheat for many reasons.

This guide will show you how to determine if your PC temperature is too high. This article is applicable to both laptops and desktops.

I have also mentioned the Safe Temperature Limit and the Average Temperate Range for both GPU and CPU. There are many tips that can be used to reduce your system’s temperature to a large extent if it is near the maximum recommended value.

Are you looking for the optimal CPU and GPU temperatures?

You’re in the right place. Computers can overheat for many reasons.

This guide will show you how to determine if your PC temperature is too high. This article is applicable to both laptops and desktops.

I have also mentioned the Safe Temperature Limit and the Average Temperate Range for both GPU and CPU. There are many tips that can be used to reduce your system’s temperature to a large extent if it is near the maximum recommended value.

Now that you know the dangers of high temperatures, let’s find out if your CPU Temperature is too high.

We have first the Ideal & Max Temperature Ranges for CPUs. We will later discuss the optimal temperature of Graphics Cards as well as HDD/SSD.

Optimal CPU Temperature

The better the temperature is, For the best performance of your Computer, it is recommended to keep it at a low temperature.

This is the ideal temperature range for most of the Processor Series from Intel and AMD.

 

Processor Series The Average Temperature Range
Intel Core i7 50-65 degC
Intel Core i5 50-62 degC
Intel Core i3 50-60 degC
Intel Core 2 Duo 45-55 degC
Intel Pentium Pro 75-85 degC
Intel Pentium Mobile 70-85 degC
Intel Pentium 4 45-65 degC
Intel Pentium 3 60-85 degC
Intel Celeron 67-85 degC
AMD A10 50-60 degC
AMD A6 45-57 degC
AMD Athlon 85-95 degC
AMD Athlon 64 45-60 degC
AMD Athlon FX 45-60 degC

 

The table above can provide a rough idea of the normal CPU temperature in most situations.

Note: This represents the general temperature range for most processors. The actual temperature may differ from one model to another and from generation to generation. The average temperature will also be affected by the ambient temperature and cooling solution used.

There’s no reason to be concerned if your Processor’s temperature falls within this range (or below it).

If the CPU Temperature is higher than stated, check the following section to ensure it is below the maximum temperature. Any temperature below the Maximum Temperature is safe.

Maximum CPU Temperature

Both AMD and Intel have a maximum temperature value that is specified. The specification contains this information. You will also find the same value down below.

It is important to keep the CPU temperature below this level during heavy usage.

 

For Intel Processors

Below is a list with maximum temperatures for Intel 8th, 7th and 6th Generation Desktop & Notebook Processors.

You can download CPUZ to find out the Model Number of your Processor.

According to Intel, Junction Temperature is the maximum temperature that can be reached at the processor’s die. Case Temperature is the maximum temperature that can be reached at the processor Integrated Heat Spreader.

The following table shows the values for T JUNCTIONtemperature. TCAsE has been used for some processors and I have indicated it there if the particular value is Case Temperature.

 

Series Name of the Processor Maximum Temperature
10th Generation Core I9 10920X, 10900X 94degC
10980XE, 10940X 86degC
Core I7 10710U, 1065G7, 1060G7 100degC
Core I5 10510U, 10210U, 1035G7, 1035G4, 1035G1, 1030G7, 1030G4 100degC
Core i3 10110U, 1005G1, 1000G4, 1000G1 100degC
Pentium 6405U 100degC
Celeron 5205U 100degC
9th Generation Core I9 9920X, 9900X 92degC
9940X 88degC
9960X 85degC
9980XE 84degC
9900KS, 9900K, 9900KF, 9000, 9880H, 9980HK 100degC
Core I7 9800X 95degC
9700K, 9700KF, 9700F, 9700, 9750HF, 9750H, 9850H 100degC
Core I5 9600K, 9600KF, 9400F, 9400, 9300H, 9400H 100degC
Core 9350KF, 9300, 9100, 9100F 100degC
Pentium Gold G5620, G5420 100degC
Celeron G4950, G4930 100degC
8th Generation Core I9 8950HK 100degC
Core I7 8086K, 8700K, 8700, 8700T. 8850H, 8750H 8559U, 8650U, 8550U, 8809G. 8709G, 8706G, 8705G, 8305G 100degC
Core I5 8600K, 8600, 8600T, 8500, 8500T, 8400, 8400T, 8400H, 8300H 8269U, 8259U, 8350U, 8250U 100degC
Core 8121U 105degC
8350K, 8300, 8100, 8109U, 8130U 100degC
8300T, 8100T 82degC
Pentium Gold G5600, G5500, G5400 100degC
G5500T, G5400T 88degC
Celeron G4920, G4900 100degC
G4900T 88degC
7th Generation Core I9 7940X 102degC
7960X 98degC
7920X, 7900X 95degC
7980X 94degC
Core I7 7800X, 7740X, 7700K, 7700, 7920HQ, 7820HQ, 7820HK & 7700HQ, 7660U, 7600U, 7567U, 7560U, 7500U, i7-7Y75 100degC
7820X 99degC
7700T 80degC
Core I5 7640X, 7600K, 7600, 7500, 7400 & 7440HQ, 7300HQ, 7360U, 7300U, 7287U, 7267U, 7260U, 7200U, 7Y57, 7Y54 100degC
7600T, 7500T, 7400T 80degC
Core 7350K, 7320, 7300, 7100, 7101E, 7100H & 7167U, 7130U, 7100U 100degC
7300T, 7100T 92degC
Core 7Y32, 7Y30 100degC
Pentium G4620, G4600, G4560, 4415U, 4410Y 100degC
G4600T, G4560T 92degC
Pentium Silver J5005, N5000 105degC
Celeron G3950, G3930, 3965U, 3865U 100degC
G3930T 92degC
J4105, J4005, N4100, N4000 105degC
6th Generation Core I7 6700K, TCAsE = 64degC
6785R, 6700 TCAsE = 71%
6700T TCAsE = 666degC
6970HQ, 6920HQ, 6870HQ, 6820HQ,

6770HQ, 6700HQ, 6660U, 6650U,

6600U, 6567U, 6560U, 6500U

100degC
Core i5 6600K TCAsE = 64 degC
6685R, 6600, 6585R, 6500, 6402P, 6400 TCAsE = 71%
6600T, 6500T, 6400T TCAsE = 666degC
6440HQ, 6360U, 6350HQ, 6300HQ,

6300U, 6287U, 6267U, 6260U, 6200U

100degC
Core i3 6320, 6300, 6100 TCAsE = 65degC
6300T, 6100T, 6098P, TCAsE = 666degC
6167U, 6157U, 6100H, 6100U, 6006U 100degC
Core m7 6Y75 100degC
Core 6Y57, 6Y54 100degC
Core 6Y30 100degC
Pentium 4405U, 4405Y 100degC
Celeron G3902E, G3900E, 3955U, 3855U 100degC
Fifth Generation Core I7 5950HQ, 5850HQ, 5750HQ, 5700HQ,

5650U, 5600U, 5557U, 5550U, 5500U

105degC
Core I5 5350H, 5350U, 5300U, 5287U, 5257U, 5250U, 5200U 105degC
Core 5157U, 5020U, 5015U, 5010U, 5005U 105degC
Pentium 3825U, 3805U 105degC
Celeron 3755U, 3205U 105degC
Core M 5Y71, 5Y70, 5Y51, 5Y31, 5Y10c, 5Y10a, 5Y10 95degC

 

Visit Intel’s Official Website to find out the Maximum Temperatures of previous generations.

As you can see, most Processors have a maximum temperature of 100degC. As an extra precaution, make sure that your CPU Temperature does not exceed 10 degrees Celsius.

For AMD Processors

Here is the AMD CPU and APU list. AMD doesn’t mention the temperature limit for any of their processors, but I was able to locate it for the most recent generations, including Ryzen.

 

Series Name of the Processor Maximum Temperature
Ryzen 4000 Series (Zen 3 & Zen 2) Ryzen 7 4800H, 4800U, 4700U 105degC
Ryzen 5 4600H, 4600U, 4500U 105degC
Ryzen 3 4300U 105degC
Ryzen 3000 Series (Zen 2, Zen+) Threadripper 3990X, 3970X, 3960X 95degC
Ryzen 9 3900X 95degC
Ryzen 7 3700X, 3800X 95degC
3700U, 3750H 105degC
Ryzen 5 3400G, 3600, 3600X 95degC
3550H, 3500U 105degC
Ryzen 3 3200G 95degC
3300U, 3200U 105degC
Ryzen 2000 Series (Zen+, Zen) Threadripper 2920X, 2950X, 2970WX, 2990WX 68degC
Ryzen 7 2700X 85degC
2700 95degC
2700U, Pro 2700U, 3750H 105degC
Ryzen 5 2600, 2600X 95degC
2400GE, Pro 2400GE, 2400G, Pro 2400G, 2500U, Pro 2500U 105degC
Ryzen 3 2200GE, Pro 2200GE, 2200G, Pro 2200G, 2300U, Pro 2300U, 2200U 105degC
Ryzen 1000 Series (Zen) Threadripper 1950x, 1920x, 1900x 68degC
Ryzen 7 1800x, Pro 1700x, Pro 1700, 1700 95degC
Ryzen 5 1600X, Pro 1600, 1600, 1500X, Pro 1500, 1400 95degC
Ryzen 3 1300X, Pro 1300, Pro 1200, 1200 95degC
Bristol Ridge A12 9800, 9800E, Pro 9800, Pro 9800E 90degC
A10 9700, 9700E, Pro 9700E, Pro 9700 90degC
A8 9600, Pro 9600 90degC
A6 9550, 9500, 9500E, Pro 9500, Pro 9500E

 

There is one thing you should remember about Ryzen Processors. The Temperature reported by Ryzen Master Utility is approximately 20 degrees Celsius higher than the actual junction temperature. This is confirmed by AMD.

If Ryzen Master Utility reports a temperature of 65 degrees Celsius, the actual junction temperature will be 45 degrees Celsius.

GPU Temperature

Unless you are doing a GPU-intensive job, the temperature of your GPU will usually stay within a normal range.

An idle GPU should have a temperature of 35 to 55 degC. The average GPU Temperature during Gaming and Heavy CPU Usage is 60-80degC.

When you play for a long time, a major issue with your GPU Temperature could occur. It is important to make sure that the GPU Temperature remains at least 5-10 degrees Celsius lower than the OEM’s maximum temperature.

To Nvidia GPU

Below is the Maximum GPU Temperature of Nvidia GeForce 10 900, 700, 600 Series.

You can find older Graphics Cards on Nvidia’s official website. You can leave a comment below if you are unable to locate it on Nvidia’s website. I will look it up.

 

Series Name of the GPU Maximum GPU Temperature
GeForce 20 Series Titan RTX 89degC
RTX 2080T 89degC
RTX2080 Super 89degC
RTX 2080 88degC
RTX 2070 SUPER 88degC
RTX 2070 89degC
RTX2060 Super 89degC
RTX 2060 88degC
GeForce 16 Series GTX 1660 T 95degC
GTX 1660 95degC
GTX 1650 92degC
GeForce 10 Series TITAN V 91degC
TITAN Xp 94degC
GTX 1080 T 91degC
GTX 1080 94degC
GTX 1070T 94degC
GTX 1070 94degC
GTX 1060 94degC
GTX 1050 T 97degC
GTX 1050 97degC
GT 1030 97degC
GeForce 900 TITAN X 91degC
GTX 980T 92degC
GTX 980 98degC
GTX 970 98degC
GTX 980 98degC
GTX 905 95degC
GeForce 700 GTX TITAN Z 95degC
GTX TITAN Black 95degC
GTX 780T 95degC
GTX 780 95degC
GTX 780 98degC
GTX 780 97degC
GTX 750 Ti 95degC
GTX 775 95degC
GT 740 98degC
GT 730 98degC
GT720 98degC
GT 710 95degC
GeForce 600 GTX 690 98degC
GTX 680 98degC
GTX 670 97degC
GTX 660 Ti 97degC
GTX 666 97degC
GTX 650 Ti 105degC
GTX 651 98degC
GT640 98degC
GT 630 98degC
GT 615 98degC
GT610 102degC

 

Series Name of the GPU Maximum GPU Temperature
GeForce 20 Series Titan RTX 89degC
RTX 2080T 89degC
RTX2080 Super 89degC
RTX 2080 88degC
RTX 2070 SUPER 88degC
RTX 2070 89degC
RTX2060 Super 89degC
RTX 2060 88degC
GeForce 16 Series GTX 1660 T 95degC
GTX 1660 95degC
GTX 1650 92degC
GeForce 10 Series TITAN V 91degC
TITAN Xp 94degC
GTX 1080 T 91degC
GTX 1080 94degC
GTX 1070T 94degC
GTX 1070 94degC
GTX 1060 94degC
GTX 1050 T 97degC
GTX 1050 97degC
GT 1030 97degC
GeForce 900 TITAN X 91degC
GTX 980T 92degC
GTX 980 98degC
GTX 970 98degC
GTX 980 98degC
GTX 905 95degC
GeForce 700 GTX TITAN Z 95degC
GTX TITAN Black 95degC
GTX 780T 95degC
GTX 780 95degC
GTX 780 98degC
GTX 780 97degC
GTX 750 Ti 95degC
GTX 775 95degC
GT 740 98degC
GT 730 98degC
GT720 98degC
GT 710 95degC
GeForce 600 GTX 690 98degC
GTX 680 98degC
GTX 670 97degC
GTX 660 Ti 97degC
GTX 666 97degC
GTX 650 Ti 105degC
GTX 651 98degC
GT640 98degC
GT 630 98degC
GT 615 98degC
GT610 102degC

Nvidia Graphics Cards’ Maximum Temperature Limit is 90-100 degrees Celsius on average. GTX 650 Ti & GT 610 are exceptions to this rule, as their maximum temperatures are 105degC et 102degC, respectively.

Most systems will require that the GPU temperature is not exceeded 85 degrees Celsius.

For AMD CPU

AMD doesn’t specify a temperature limit for their Graphics Card Graphics Cards, but I have confirmed it from multiple sources. It is the same temperature limit as most Nvidia GPUs.

 

GPU Maximum Temperature
AMD Radeon Series 90-95degC

For safe working, ensure that you have sufficient cooling.

Optimal Hard Disk / SSD Temperature

Do you care about the temperature of your Solid State Drive or Hard Disk?

In most cases, no. It is unlikely that your HDD/SSD Temperature would reach the maximum.

It is possible in some cases and can severely impact the Disk’s performance. It can lead to Disk Failure.

Here is the Operating Temperature Limit for most HDDs/SSDs. You can also find details about your product in the manual.

 

Name Operating Temperature
WD Blue HDD 0-60degC
Seagate Barracuda HDD 0-60degC
ADATA Ultimate SSD SU800 0-70degC
Samsung Evo 860 SSD 0-70degC
WD Green SSD 0-70degC
Samsung Evo 960 m.2 SSD 0-70degC
Intel Optane Memory 0-70degC

 

Most Internal Storage Drives have a temperature range of 0 to 60degC, or 0degC-70degC.

How to Monitor GPU & CPU Temperature

You can monitor the temperature of your computer with tools such as AIDA64, Speccy and HWMonitor.

Personally, HWMonitor is my favorite. It’s also free.

This tool allows you to easily monitor the Hard Disk Air Temperature, GPU and CPU. The tool also displays the minimum and maximum temperature that the component has reached since the HW Monitor was started. To reset the Min/Max Stats go to View in Menu, and then select Clear Max/Min.

Monitor Temperature While Gaming

Although the HWMonitor can be a powerful tool, it cannot be used in-game.

This is where the MSI comes in to save the day. It can display the Utilization and Temperature for your Components as well as the in-game FPS.

After installing MSI Afterburner on your computer, open it up and click the Gear icon (Settings).

You will be taken to the MSI Afterburner Properties.

Click on the Monitoring Tab to select the components that you wish to display during the game.

Check the box to show each component on an On-Screen Display.

After you are done, press OK.

Go to Windows Taskbar, and click on RivaTuner Statistics Server. You should see the following image.

Check that Onscreen Display Support is ON. You can alter the color of text within the game by using the Onscreen Display Palette.

Move around the Onscreen Display Zoom slider to adjust the size of the text you would like.

Once you have it set up, you can start playing with it. You can now monitor the thermals by starting your game.

What should I do if my CPU/GPU temperature is outside the safe limit?

An abnormally high temperature could be caused by many factors. We need to find out the reasons for the abnormal temperature value before we can make any conclusions. Next, read the following section and follow the PC Cooling Tips. If you are unable to solve the problem, you can visit a Computer Store/Service Center to have your computer checked.

Cooling Solutions for Laptop and PC

These Cooling Tips will significantly lower your laptop’s temperature. Try as many as you can, as each one will increase the thermal levels.

1 Clean Dust

Use an Air Blower to remove all dust from your CPU Case. Slowly so that you don’t damage any components. To get rid of dust from a laptop, you can use compressed gas. The best way to get rid of dust is to open your laptop and remove it.

You must ensure that both the CPU Fan and the Case Fan are free of dust and working at their best.

2 Apply a New Thermal Paste

To clean and replace the thermal paste, use Isopropyl Alcohol. The Arctic Silver Thermal Compound is one of our most trusted and respected. Do not use too much Thermal Paste. Applying thermal paste in a small amount is best.

3: Upgrade to a Higher CPU Cooler

A fan can help lower the CPU temperature. It is better to replace a stock cooler with a more powerful one. The CoolerMaster Hyper RR-212E-20PKR2 will perform admirably. It is one of the most efficient CPU Coolers available.

4) More Case Fans

For optimal airflow, increase the number of fans on your Case if it has less than three. The CPU Cooler works only on the CPU, while the Case Fans take care of all components.

5) buy a Laptop Cooling pad

We’ve had enough of the discussion on PC Fans and Coolers. What about Laptops?

The Laptops Cooling Pads are very effective in keeping the CPU temperature low. This guide contains Tips on Laptop Cooling Pads.

6) Make Your Space Cool

Surrounding Temperature is the main cause of PC Overheating. It may seem obvious, but PC components can experience significant temperature differences between Summer and Winter.

The CPU temperature will drop by turning on your Air Conditioner or Room Cooler.

 

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