How to Check GPU Temperature in Windows 10/11

By | December 18, 2021

In this article, I will show you how to check and monitor the GPU graphics card temperature on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC. It’s a good thing to know how to check GPU temperature, whether you’re a gamer, video editor or graphic designer. The GPU’s normal temperature range is in the 65 to 85°C (149 to 185°F) range. If the GPU temperature exceeds a maximum value such as around 100 °C, you can try setting a continuous heat level only if you know the current GPU temperature. An overheated GPU can cause serious hardware damage, so it’s always advisable to always check your GPU’s temperature.

Now, if you want to determine the current temperature of your graphics card, then this article will help you. In this article, I will list various free software that will allow you to monitor GPU temperatures. So, let’s check out what are these free GPU temperature monitoring software for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

How to Check GPU Temperature in Windows 10/11

Here are some free software that you can use to monitor GPU temperature in your Windows 10 or Windows 11. Let’s see one by one.

1. Windows Default Task Manager

Windows’ built-in Task Manager is a handy utility for managing processes, services, startup applications and much more. This utility also lets you monitor GPU temperature without using any third-party tools. Microsoft has added this functionality to the Task Manager in Windows 10 18963 and later versions including Windows 11. GPU temperature can be monitored from the Performance tab.

However, there are some requirements for Task Manager to display GPU temperature. This feature only works with dedicated GPUs and not with onboard or integrated GPU cards. You may also need an updated graphics driver to view and monitor GPU temperatures. This requires the graphics driver to be updated to WDDM 2.4 or a newer driver model. You can check your WDDM in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (Win + R, type dxdiag and click OK) in the Display tab.

Here are the steps to check and monitor GPU temperature in Task Manager on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

  • First, open Task Manager push the button Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  • In the Task Manager window, select the tab Performance.
  • Here, you will see the GPU temperature listed in the left pane. Just tap on GPU item and you will be able to see some statistics related to GPU card including GPU temperature.

As of now, temperatures are displayed in Celsius only. Apart from temperature, you can also view statistics and other GPU information including Utilization, GPU memory, Shared GPU memory, Driver version, Hardware reserved memory and more.

2. HWMonitor

HWMonitor is a dedicated GPU or CPU monitoring software in Windows 10 or Windows 11. This software lets you check various GPU statistics including Temperature, Voltage, Fan speeds, Powers, Utilization, Clock frequencies, Capacities and many more. Apart from GPU, you can also monitor CPU temperature, SSD temperature and usage and more.

To monitor GPU temperature through this free software, download and install it on your system. After that, launch the software and it will show you lots of real-time statistics related to your hardware. Just scroll down and you will see your graphics card listed on the screen. Expand the details and a Temperature component will be displayed which helps you determine the real-time GPU temperature. You can also view the minimum and maximum GPU temperature values ​​and analyze the current temperature values ​​based on that.

This free and handy software is also available in a portable edition (download ZIP file) which you can download and run whenever you want to check or monitor your GPU temperature.

3. GPU-Z

As the name suggests, GPU-Z is a free GPU monitoring software exclusively for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Using it, you can check GPU temperature and many more statistics related to your graphics card. It supports NVIDIA, AMD, ATI and Intel graphics devices to monitor GPU temperature. So, if you have one of these GPU cards, you can easily monitor its temperature using this utility. You can also view adapter, GPU and display information. Apart from that, this utility also displays the overclock, default clock and 3D clock.

Just download this software and launch the app directly. Since it’s portable, you don’t need to go through the necessary installation process to use it. After starting the application, go to the Sensors tab and you will see the real-time GPU temperature with a small graph. When you click the drop-down button next to GPU Temperature, you can see the current, lowest, highest and average reading. Apart from that, it also lets you display the GPU temperature in the window title.

If you have multiple GPU cards, you can select the card you want to monitor from the bottom of the tab Sensors. Apart from temperature, you can check statistics like GPU clock frequencies, GPU Voltage, GPU Load, CPU Temperature, System Memory Used and more.

By default, it shows GPU temperature in Celsius. If you want to change the temperature unit to Fahrenheit, click the button three line menu which is at the top then move to tab Sensors in the Settings window. From here, give a checklist on options Temperature sensors use Fahrenheit and click OK. Apart from that, you can set the screen refresh rate and the statistics you want to see.

4. Open Hardware Monitor

Open Hardware Monitor is a free, open-source hardware monitoring software that lets you check GPU temperature and other statistics. I
t lets you monitor the temperature, fan speed, voltage, load and clock speed of your computer. Supports ATI and Nvidia video cards for GPU monitoring. Along with GPU, you can also monitor SMART hard drive and CPU temperature using this app.

It is a portable GPU temperature monitoring software that works without installation. So, just download the ZIP folder, then extract it and launch the app. On the main interface, you can see various components including CPU, SSD, Memory and more. You can scroll down and there will be your GPU card listed along with its temperature. It also shows minimum and maximum values ​​for temperature and other metrics so you can maintain the values ​​as needed.

Furthermore, you can also adjust some parameters related to the statistics being displayed. For example, you can change the temperature unit from Celsius to Fahrenheit. You can also adjust the log interval, enable sensor logging, choose a plot location, select the hardware you want to monitor and more. Apart from that, you can also view statistical graphs, activate monitoring gadgets and view hidden sensors. From the File menu, you can also save hardware statistics to a text file.

Hopefully useful for you! You can then read my other articles on how to check your CPU temperature in Windows 10/11 or what is VSync and should I enable or disable it?

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