Most of us have experienced a problem of laptop overheating at some point of time in life. Overheating is a very severe problem that occurs mostly in small sized laptops. In desktops there is ample of space and hence they are more efficient in cooling themselves. Laptops on the other hand are very small and this reduces their self cooling efficiency.
In laptops overheating can result in frequent crashes, reduction in responsiveness or complete hard disk failure. But to protect this laptops have a self protecting mechanism that shut downs the machine whenever the temperature rises above the suitable level.
Generally in all the processors there is an inbuilt DTS (Digital thermal Sensor). This DTS gives you very accurate and high resolution temperature reading. There are some applications that can read this DTS device and hence can tell you the internal temperature of such devices.
What are acceptable temperature levels for laptops?
The acceptable temperature levels for a processor are generally specified on their website. Most cpu’s maximum temperature limit is around 90° Celsius (194° Fahrenheit) but they try to run your laptops below this level, if your computer tries to reach the upper temperature limit then it is shutdown.
So, a temperature 50° Celsius (122° Fahrenheit) or below is considered to be the optimal internal temperature for a laptop.
Today in this post I will highlight few tools that help you to keep a check on your laptops temperature.
Core temp is a simple yet powerful utility that allows you to check the temperature of your processor. Apart from the complete processor temperature this device is capable of displaying the temperature of each core of your processor.
This application can be used with Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7. The best part about this application is that it displays your processor temperature in the system tray. This helps you to keep a check on your laptop temperature even if you are very busy in your work.
Try this application here.
Real temp is another temperature monitoring application that read the temperature from Intel Single core, dual Core, Quad Core and Core i7 processors. This application also has a feature that can test the DTD Sensors if it is running correctly.
You can run this application on Windows 200/XP/Vista/Windows 7 both 32 and 64 bit. The best part about this utility is that you don’t need to install it. You can simply run the exe and it will open up a window displaying the temperature of your processor cores.
Download this application here.
Hmonitor is a software that monitors the temperature of the machine by using the temperature reading from the sensor chips on the motherboard and Processor core. The program is very light weight and consumes very less resources.
Hmonitor supports various versions of windows like: Windows 7, Vista, 2008, XP, 2003, 2000, NT4, including 64 bit editions. The application allows you to set the maximum temperature ratting and when your computer reaches this temperature then the application can perform number of tasks.
For example: it can sound an alarm, or it can shut down your computer or it can also send emails to the administrator.
Download this application here.