Best free CPU Temperature Monitor and Checker software for Windows PC

Most of us might have experienced computers suddenly shutting down on its own. While there are ample reasons for this, but the most common cause for the computer to turn off on its own is the CPU overheat. CPU overheat problems are quite common among PC gamers and users who run high intensive programs like animation and video editing

The system also gets too hot many a time when you have open too many browser tabs. Like the early computers, modern day computers still experience CPU overheating which causes Windows PC to turn off on its own. The CPU overheat problems are something which you can’t ignore and the excessive increase in CPU temperature can damage the motherboard and other hardware components over some time.

Why do you need CPU temperature alerts

To safeguard your Windows 10 computer from overheat, it is necessary to constantly monitor the CPU temperature and reduce the CPU temperatures when they turn high. Some games and graphics intensive program would seek your attention and would want you to keep a tab on your system’s CPU temperature. If you are disappointed with the temperature fluctuations of your PC components and looking out for a program that would notify you if the CPU exceeds a particular temperature, then you are in the right place. There are many temperature monitoring programs that can measure your computer’s temperature, but only few application s can alarm you when the CPU temperature increases beyond a threshold. When the CPU temperature increases, you will be notified at the regular intervals to notify you that the CPU temperature is running hotter than usual.  In this article, we round up some of the applications that can alarm you when your laptop or desktop heats up.

CPU Temperature Monitor and Checker software

1] RealTemp

RealTemp is a  popular CPU temperature monitoring application that reports minimum and maximum temperature from each CPU core. The free program is reliable, quick and accurate which is supported by Windows 10 and most of its older versions. It is available for Intel single core, dual core, quad core, and corei7 processors. One feature that makes it useful from the rest of the temperature monitoring programs is that it will let you enable the Alarm option to notify you when the temperature reaches the maximum. The program maintains minimum and maximum temperature with logging features.

The applications will blow a siren when your CPU temperature exceeds the threshold limit and will continue to blow the siren at regular intervals of time. The application can be added to a single system tray that triggers an alarm when the core temperature increases to the maximum. Follow the below steps to enable the Alarm options in RealTemp program.

  1. Download and install Real Temp here.
  2. Navigate to Settings option at the bottom of the window.
  3. Enter the CPU and GPU Temperature limit value, to trigger the alarm when your system exceeds the set limit.
  4. Select the option Set Alarm.
  5. Click Apply to save the settings.

2] CPU Thermometer

CPU Temperature Monitor and Checker

CPU Thermometer is CPU temperature monitor that tracks your system temperature in real time. It displays live CPU temperature and gives a reliable temperature report right at your desktop tray icon. The program is free to download and supports most of the AMD and Intel processors. Apart from displaying live temperature reports, it also displays CPUID, core number, current temperature, and frequency. It also displays a warning message to notify its users when the CPU temperature crosses the threshold limit. To enable the alarm message to follow the below steps.

Download and install the program here.

Launch the application.

Click the option Show warning message to trigger alert message when the system overheats.

3] CPU Monitor and Alert

CPU Monitor and Alert is a  free program which constantly monitors the processor and system memory. It notifies its user either if the CPU or Memory Usage exceeds the threshold. It supports Windows 10 and older versions of Windows. The program enables you to set a time interval for monitoring and ser the warning threshold for CPU and memory.

One feature that distinguishes this program from other application is that it tracks the CPU temperature and sends an instant SMS or email notifications if the temperature level gets higher than the maximum limit over some time. Follow the below steps to receive notification through SMS or emails when the CPU overheats.

  1. Download and install the program here.
  2. Launch the program.
  3. Navigate to Files and click Setup from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the Alert Settings that pops up, select the option Enable sending alerts
  5. Give the email account and the password. Note that the email account is in
  6. In SMS alter box, enter your phone number tagged with country code.
  7. Enter the Mail alert to option. This is optional, and you can select this if no mail alert is needed.
  8. Once you have given all the necessary details click Save to apply changes.

4] Core Temp


Core Temp is specially designed to measure and display system temperature. This tool is based upon the working of Digital Thermal Sensor (DTS) which is an in-built component embedded in the system. The DTS is capable of providing a highly sensitive and accurate temperature reading in comparison to thermal sensors. Core Temp can work on all leading processors like Intel, AMD, and VIA.

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