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Friday, February 25, 2022

Monitor Your Computer’s GPU Temperature


A GPU card on a blue background

Windows Task Manager

Windows 11 has the ability to monitor your GPU temperature built-in, and Windows 10 has had it since the May 2020 update. The temperature monitor is found in Task Manager.

To open it, hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc, and then click “More details” if it is present at the bottom left.

Click "More details"

Click on the performance tab at the top. Scroll down on the left-hand side until you see “GPU”, and then click that. The temperature is displayed at the bottom of the GPU page.

First, click the "Performance" tab. Then click the "GPU" option. Temperature displayed at bottom of GPU page.

NVIDIA GeForce Experience

GeForce Experience is the software NVIDIA provides to monitor your GPU’s temperature. Launch it from your Start menu to get started.

To find the temperature monitor, you need to access the in-game overlay settings. Click the triangular icon in the top right.

On the window that pops up, click “Performance.”

Click performance

You’ll see a bunch of statistics about your GPU here, including the GPU clock, temperature, fan speed, and power draw.

GPU temperature, second box from the left top row

You can customize how this is information is displayed by clicking the gear in the bottom right. It even has an option for an in-application overlay, so you can keep an eye on your temperatures while you’re gaming.

AMD Radeon Software

AMD’s tool for monitoring your GPU is called Radeon Software. You can launch it from your Start menu.

To access the temperature monitor for the GPU, click on the “Performance” tab at the top left of the Radeon Software home screen.

Click on the "Performance" tab

The GPU temperature is displayed in the bottom left.

Arrow pointing to temperature section

AMD’s monitoring software includes the ability to log data about your GPU into a CSV file. It is a convenient feature if you want to monitor your GPU temperature for extended periods of time, or if you want to compare how other GPU stats, like GPU utilization, correspond to GPU temperature.

Third-Party GPU Temperature Monitoring Tools

MSI Afterburner

MSI Afterburner is a popular choice among enthusiasts to monitor GPU performance because it works with almost all GPUs and allows for overclocking and other customization. Like the tools from NVIDIA and AMD, it can display the information while you’re in-game. It also provides the ability to log performance statistics, like AMD’s Radeon Software.

The temperature monitor is found directly on the main page.

Box marking temperature indicator

EVGA Precision X1

EVGA’s Precision X1 has the same basic features as Afterburner and Radeon Software, except that it exclusively supports NVIDIA GPUs. Like Afterburner, the temperature indicator is in the middle of the first page, and it supports logging temperature data to a file.

Red box encapsulating GPU temperature


HWiNFO64 goes above and beyond monitoring your GPU’s temperature, and has a different design from Precision X1 or Afterburner. It provides data about every component in your system in real time, and supports logging any metrics it can display. When you launch the program, you’ll be asked if you want to run “Summary-only” or “Sensors-only.” Click “Sensors-only” and then hit run.

Click the box "Sensors-only," then click "Run"

Look for a section titled “GPU[#]:” — it should have the name of your GPU displayed to the right. Immediately under that will be your GPU temperature. If you have a CPU with integrated graphics (like an AMD APU or one of Intel’s CPUs with an iGPU) and a dedicated GPU, there might be multiple GPUs displayed.

Box indicating the temperature display line

These are only a few of the options available. All Add-In Board (AIB) GPU manufacturers have their own software comparable to EVGA’s Precision X1 and MSI’s Afterburner. Many other companies that make hardware aimed at gamers also offer monitoring software that can track your GPU’s temperature.

Most of these solutions offer the same set of features, so make your choice based on whichever you find the easiest to use and that you like the most.

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