Average Processor Operating Temperatures

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The information provided on this page is for your convenience. VIP Conduit makes no claims as to its accuracy and does not provide tech support for anything found here. Also you should be aware that the temperatures given are in Celsius not Fahrenheit.


AMD A6 45C - 57C

AMD A10 50C - 60C

AMD Athlon 85C - 95C

AMD Athlon 64 45C - 60C

AMD Athlon 64 X2 45C - 55C

AMD Athlon 64 Mobile 80C - 90C

AMD Athlon FX 45C - 60C

AMD Athlon II X4 50C - 60C

AMD Athlon MP 85C - 95C

AMD Athlon XP 80C - 90C

AMD Duron 85C - 95C

AMD K5 60C - 70C

AMD K6 60C - 70C

AMD K6 Mobile 75C - 85C

AMD K7 Thunderbird 70C - 95C

AMD Opteron 65C - 71C

AMD Phenom II X6 45C - 55C

AMD Phenom X3 50C - 60C

AMD Phenom X4 50C - 60C

AMD Sempron 85C - 95C


Intel Celeron 67C - 85C

Intel Core 2 Duo 45C - 55C

Intel Core i3 50C - 60C

Intel Core i5 50C - 62C

Intel Core i7 50C - 65C

Intel Pentium II 65C - 75C

Intel Pentium III 60C - 85C

Intel Pentium 4 45C - 65C

Intel Pentium Mobile 70C - 85C

Intel Pentium Pro 75C - 85C

Core Temp Utility Program

The Core Temp utility can provide a means of keeping track of your Processors core temperatures. However, while this program is screen reader usable it is not screen reader friendly and you may need to seek some sighted assistance in getting it set up. When installing it, be sure to read carefully, as it is a free program it tries to install some additional programs you may not want. Be sure to uncheck the boxes for anything you don't want.

Remember, as stated at the top of the page, VIP Conduit does not provide tech support for this.

Visit The Core Temp Website

Does Your CPU Appear To Be Running Too Hot?

How to lower your CPU temperatures

If youre regularly encountering high CPU temperatures, there are some steps you can take to try and fix the issue.

First, clean out your PC. High CPU temperatures are often caused by years of dust and grime built up inside a PC, clogging fans and crucial air pathways.

Local hardware stores usually charge outrageous prices for canned air, but you can pick up a bottle for about $7 on Amazon, or four for $18.

Note You may be able to find this at Target or Wal-Mart at roughly the same price


While your at it , check to make sure that all your fans are working correctly, and that none of the vents in your PC are blocked.

Note: Some recent computer cases have built in air filters. If this is the case with yours, be sure to clean them on a regular basis. Not doing so may restrict air flow.

Hopefully that fixes the issue. If not, more intensive steps are in order. The thermal paste that transfers heat from your CPU to its cooler might have dried out if youve had your PC for a few years. That can cause temperature spikes.

Removing the old thermal paste with rubbing alcohol and a applying fresh layer can potentially help lower temperatures by a large amount. TechAdvisor has a helpful, illustrated article on how to remove and apply thermal paste, and you can find small syringes of thermal paste by respected brands like Arcticand Noctuafor under $7 on Amazon. (Ive been a happy Arctic Silver 5 user for years now.)

If all that doesnt help, your cooling solution simply might not be capable of keeping up with your CPUs heat output, especially if youre pairing a stock cooler or a modest third-party cooler with higher-end chipsand doubly so if youre overclocking. Buying a new CPU cooler may be in order.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 ($30 on Amazon) is a solid, affordable air cooler. With its larger heatsink and fan, its a solid step up over stock AMD and Intel CPU coolers. Moving up in size and price, the Noctua NH-D14 ($75 on Amazon) is one of the most effective air coolers ever to hit the streets, but its large size might block memory access or not even fit in smaller cases.

Other possibilities are
Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 $94.99

Closed-loop liquid cooling solutions
(CLCs) provide far cooler temperatures than air coolers with minimal hassle. The 120mm Corsair H80i v2 ($95 on Amazon) is a great entry-level CLC, but if you plan on overclocking, consider moving up to the Corsair H100i v2 ($109 on Amazon) and its larger 240mm radiator, which can accommodate even fierce overclocks.

Updated on ... May 01, 2018