How to check your GPU temperature

How hot is your PC’s graphics card temperature? During normal operations, your GPU temperature shouldn’t matter much—your graphics card should simply drive monitors and play games without overheating and shutting down. But if you have an older PC, or if you want to try your hand at graphics card overclocking, being able to monitor your GPU temperature is vital.

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The good news? Checking your PC’s graphics card temperature is dead simple, especially now that Windows finally includes a native way to keep tabs on temps. All sorts of free GPU monitoring tools are also available, and many of them can help you check your PC’s CPU temperature, too.

Let’s dig in. 

How to check your graphics card temperature

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You can now find your discrete GPU’s temperature in the Windows 10 Task Manager.

Microsoft finally answered our prayers with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, adding a GPU temperature monitoring tool in the Task Manager. Sure, it took 24 years, but it’s here now! 

To see how hot your graphics card is running, open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc, by pressing Crtl + Alt + Delete and selecting Task Manager, or by right-clicking on the Windows Start menu icon and selecting Task Manager. Once you’re in, simply head to the Performance tab and look for your current GPU temperature listed in the GPU section, as shown in the image above. This works only if you have the Windows 10 May 2020 Update or a newer version of Windows installed; older versions lack the capability.

It’s a bare-bones feature, showing only the current temperature rather than tracking it over time. It can also be annoying to keep Task Manager open while you’re gaming or fine-tuning an overclock. While we’re very glad to see the option finally included in Windows itself, third-party tools offer more robust GPU temperature options. Read on for alternatives if you need more oomph.

Other GPU temperature monitoring tools

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AMD’s Radeon RX 6900 XT.

If you’re running an AMD Radeon graphics card with an up-to-date version of the Radeon Settings app, keeping tabs on your graphics card temperature is simple. In 2017, AMD added the Radeon Overlay, which provides handy-dandy tools to tweak your game’s visual settings when you summon it. It also includes a Performance Monitoring tool that displays your GPU temperature and other crucial information while you’re playing games.

To activate the tool, summon the Radeon Overlay by pressing Alt + R and select which performance aspects you’d like to keep tabs on in the Overlay’s Performance Monitoring section. Once it’s set up, you can bring up the Performance Monitoring tool alone by pressing Crtl + Shift + 0.