What temperature should my CPU be? This is a question that we get asked all the time here at TechSplat, and today we’re making an article, just for that. In more modern times, CPUs are becoming a million times more powerful than they’ve ever been before, but as they work so hard, they also have to let off a little steam… or should we say heat.
In short, regardless of your CPU and Cooler – the ideal temperature for a CPU when active (i.e when running applications, games) should be around 75-80* Celsius. When idle (simply doing nothing) it should be around the 45* Celsius mark. In today’s TechSplat article, we identify what temperature should my CPU be, both when active, in games, and when idle. Let’s jump straight into it.
Average Temperature whilst Gaming
Gamers around the world might not realize how much their CPUs go through to deliver top-quality performance for their player. With this being said, games are quickly becoming more and more demanding on hardware, and depending on your other hardware can quickly warm your whole setup, and even your room up.
On average, if you have a functional CPU cooler that is either default with your CPU or better – you should expect to get around 70-80 Degrees when playing games. This can sometimes spike, or be lower – this is just a benchmark for the average and is well within the operating temperatures for the CPUs.
If you’re getting higher temps than this, or are experiencing crashes with your CPU on games, then maybe look at our guide for the Top 5 Cooling Blocks for CPUs. This might help with your issues!
Average Temperature whilst using Applications
Similarly to gaming, your CPU may be pushed to perform with newer, or more demanding software/applications. Applications such as Photoshop, After Effects, or even Anti-Virus such as Sophos can all be quite intensive on your CPU.
With that being said, most applications that are running can push your CPU to around 40-60 Degrees, which again – is quite normal for CPUs and they are built to operate in that region.
Average Temperature whilst being “Idle”
To clarify what we mean by idle, idle is where the CPU has no strain other than the operating system such as MacOS, Windows, or Linux. This means that no applications are running, and nothing is running intensively in the background.
The average temperature for an Idle CPU is somewhere between 35-45 degrees, but this can vary from PC to PC, depending on cooling spec, CPU, and even where your PC is located in your room.
How can I keep my CPU Temperature Down?
Although it sounds complex, there are a few ways that you can keep your temperatures down on your PC, some of which are free, easy, and some of which are inconvenient or costly. Below is a list of these, but let us know which ones you can try!
Keep your Fans Well-Vented
Ventilation is key for keeping your CPU, and overall PC temperature down. We have a guide for the best ways to arrange your fans, as well as how you can arrange the cooling to be optimal for your PC. Usually have the fans cleaned once every few months, as well as allowing air in, and air out will be a good start!
PC/Device Location and Positioning
As we mentioned previously, location is key to having a cool PC. If you have your PC in a small cupboard with no room ventilation, you will be storing only hot air, and after a while, you could be looking at a room, that’s 60-70 degrees.
Ensuring that your PC is in a place where the fans can get air from all sides (or front/back/top/bottom etc) is key to ensuring your PC can run fine and at an optimal temperature.
Clean the Location/Fans/Vents Regularly
When you get a PC, you may never think to clean the fans from the dust that has gotten on them, but this is crucial to keeping your PC running in the long term. There are many ways you can do this, but usually using compressed air in a can will help blow away all the dust.
This is the same for the area the Pc is located in, making sure the area is clean from any dust particles will prevent the fans from picking it up, so maybe cleaning the PC and its area every few months is a great way to keep your PC running for a while and keep that all-important temperature down.
Keep your Case Sealed
Although opening your case to let more air in may seem logical, this actually does the opposite and makes the temperature problem worse. Letting the air-flow work properly and allowing for air to flow through naturally is the best way to keep your PC running cool, and dust-free.
Use a Premium Thermal Paste
Thermal paste is often overlooked by PC builders all over the world, and what happens is that poor quality thermally conductive paste is used, which is poor at managing the heat. With that being said, spending a few pounds, dollars, or euros more – can often help your temperature quite drastically. We used this same method and went from 47 degrees idle to 41 degrees. This is the difference a good quality paste can make. We made a list of some of the best here so you don’t have to!
Conclusion on What Temperature Your CPU Should Be
In short, we hope that this guide has helped you identify what temperatures your CPU should be ideally running at in terms of heat, and some ways that can help you run at a lower temperature. Be sure to let us know what you thought down in the comments, and we will try respond to every one! Keep cool everyone!