How to measure graphics card temperature

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How to measure graphics card temperature
Monitor your GPU temperatures. (Technology - Graphics Card image by Rob Hill from Fotolia.com)

Modern graphics cards are built for high-intensity, high-resource computer games and graphics applications. Just like a CPU, the processor on your graphics card can reach extremely high temperatures and requires adequate cooling to avoid overheating. If you're concerned that your GPU is getting too hot or malfunctioning, you can download a monitoring program that displays its core temperature and other statistics. You can use this data to compare your card's temperatures with similar models under similar loads.

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Things you need

  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 PC
  • Nvidia or AMD/ATi graphics card
  • Internet connection

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Instructions

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    Turn on your computer and log in. Open your Internet browser and navigate to the SpeedFan download page (see Resources). Click "SpeedFan 4.41" and save the file to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Close the Internet browser. Double-click the "installspeedfan441.exe" file and follow the installation instructions.

  3. 3

    Double-click the SpeedFan shortcut on your desktop. Look for your Nvidia or AMD/ATi GPU in the "Readings" tab. If you do not see your GPU's temperature, try reinstalling the graphics driver.

  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and log in. Open your Internet browser and navigate to the CPUID download page (see Resources). Click "Download now!" and save the file to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Close the Internet browser. Double-click the "hwmonitor_1.16-setup.exe" file and follow the installation instructions. Make sure to deselect the Ask! toolbar if you don't want it.

  3. 3

    Double-click the CPUID HWMonitor shortcut on your desktop. Look for your Nvidia or AMD/ATi GPU in the menu tree and click the "+" icon. If you do not see your GPU's temperature, try reinstalling the graphics driver.

  1. 1

    Turn on your computer and log in. Open your Internet browser and navigate to the GPU-Z download page (see Resources). Click "Download now," choose a server and save the file to your desktop.

  2. 2

    Close the Internet browser. Double-click the "GPU-Z.0.4.6.exe" file. You do not need to install GPU-Z; it runs from the install file only.

  3. 3

    Click the "Sensors" tab. Your Nvidia or AMD/ATi graphics card's core temperatures will be displayed in the first three readouts.

Tips and warnings

  • Some older desktop graphics cards and most laptop cards do not feature the hardware temperature sensors that enable temperature monitoring. If your computer uses a mobile graphics chip or an Intel integrated graphics chip, you probably won't be able to monitor the GPU temperature.

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