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How to monitor the temperature of your computer in Windows and macOS

26 mayo, 2021

Both Windows running macOS have various internal tools for monitor the activity of computer components such as memory, network, and processor percentage usage. However, temperature is not one of the data that we are going to find there.

Neither the Task Manager nor the Resource Monitor in Windows, as well as the Activity Monitor in macOS, show data such as the temperature of our CPU. However, we have options: use a third-party tool or check from the BIOS.

The second option loses a bit or all sense if we want to monitor the temperatures while using the computer, since obviously you have to restart, go to the BIOS and look for the temperature information that varies in how and where it is displayed depending on your motherboard .

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Tools to monitor temperature in Windows 10

Hwmonitor Open Hardware Monitor Left: HWMonitor – Right: Open Hardware Monitor

In Windows we have two very good and free options, almost indistinguishable from each other: HWMonitor and Open Hardware Monitor, the latter is open source but is updated less frequently. They both do the exact same thing and have basically the same options.

HWMonitor you have to install it, while Open Hardware Monitor is portable and just run the .exe inside the program’s files folder. The choice is yours.

In both you will find the list of all your components, the temperature of each one (CPU, GPU, Board, Disks), their voltages, even your fans and the speeds at which they are spinning.

Of course, if you want to go a little further than just seeing the information, Open Hardware Monitor offers you additional things, such as the option to save records from time to time, while HWMonitor only lets you save the immediate record at that time.

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Tools to monitor temperature in macOS

Intel Power Gadget Intel Power Gadget

For macOS we are also going to recommend two options, these are quite different. The first is Intel Power Gadget and it is compatible with 2nd to 7th generation Intel Core processors. It’s extremely simple, and it only shows you the current temperature of the package.

Istats Menu iStats Menu

The second is iStats Menus, and this one does have extremely detailed information about the different temperatures of your computer’s components. The only bad news is that it is paid, although you can use it for free for a 14-day trial.

You just have to make sure to activate the “Sensor” from the options so that in your menu bar a small icon that says “SEN” appears with the letters vertically. Clicking on it shows you all the temperatures in detail.

You can choose what you want to show and what not directly from there.