The brain of your computer, CPU (or processor), needs to run nice and smooth. Often the temperature of CPU goes up that might result in slow processing, random shutdowns, and over time, the CPU may cease to function.
So what should be the ideal temperature? 30°C- 40°C is the ideal range at which a CPU should operate, sometimes, it can go as high as 70°C- 80°C. But anything above that is too much and may lead to system failure.
So, in this article, we have put together the causes and solutions for an overheating CPU.
How to Monitor Your CPU Temperature
If you are operating on Windows, Speccy and MSI Afterburner are great diagnostics that facilitate monitoring of CPU and GPU temperatures.
Fanny is a great option for Mac users. It is visible in your notification centre, giving you CPU and fan stats.
Identify and Bring Down High CPU Usage
After learning that your CPU is overheating, you now need to identify the cause. In most cases, the issue turns out to be with the software or hardware of your PC.
Starting with software solutions, navigate to your taskbar by pressing Control + Shift + Esc if you are working on Windows 10. Here, you can check if you have abnormally high CPU usage.
If you do find high CPU usage, then below are common fixes for Windows 10.
Too Much Dust
Your computer requires timely cleaning and, if you do so, your system will work wonderfully, eliminating all the temperature gauges. If you notice high sound coming from the fan, you must consider opening and cleaning it.
We have a few tips on how you can clean the insides of your PC.
You can use a hairdryer at its lowest speed and from at least an 8-inch distance. This will blow away dust knots from fan blades, the power supply, the motherboard, including all other components. You can use a Q-tip that is dipped in >90% isopropyl alcohol to reach difficult areas.
Also, avoid touching metal to save electrical discharge to computer parts.
Heatsink is Incorrectly Seated
If the temperature of your CPU is not decreasing even after applying thermal paste, then probably, your heatsink may not be placed properly.
In this case, the heatsink is not connected correctly with the processor, causing the heat to stay in.
You may simply remove the heatsink and reapply it to the processor, to fix the issue. Don’t forget that the heatsink should be aligned exactly with the mounting points of the processor.
Invest in a New Heatsink/CPU Cooler
A CPU cooler converts the heat from gas to liquid using a condenser. This liquid is then cooled through the heatsink fins and fan. This coolant moves down through the evaporator to be reused.
So, if your Heatsink or CPU cooler is not working properly, then the heat generated by the CPU won’t cool down, leading to the processor overheating.
Serious malware infections lower down the CPU’s speed immensely. Common malware infections influencing CPU temperature include:
Malware like Bitcoin Miner viruses (Otorun, Kolab, BTMine) uses extensive resources leading to the high CPU temperature and noisy fans. Malwarebytes is a favorable tool for system security.
Overclocking is when you try to increase the overall performance of your PC through the BIOS setting. If you are excessively overclocking your system, the CPU will heat up and may cause a system failure. So, avoid using the overclocking feature as far as possible. Consider these causes and solutions to help reduce the temperature of your CPU.
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