How to Test Computer Temperature

The internal temperature of a computer is very important to track in order to prevent over heating and insure that case has enough cooling equipment. If the internal temperature reaches levels that are unsafe for your equipment it can reduce the life of the equipment and cause immediate damage. By setting up monitoring devices it is possible to defend against temperature increases and insure the cooling system is working correctly. Products for temperature testing range from hardware solutions to simple software solutions that take advantage of built in temperature monitoring devices in your graphics processor and central processing unit.

SpeedFan Installation

Install a software package for simple temperature monitoring and testing. Programs like SpeedFan are very effective for low grade temperature monitoring and work well for getting a rough estimate of the temperature in the case and hardware.

Start the SpeedFan application and allow it time to analyze your system and find the internal temperature outputs. Once functional, the application is very useful for testing and monitoring the temperatures of the CPU, GPU, hard drives and case.

Set the program to monitor the temperatures in the desired format by accessing the options menu under the configurations tab and change the out put format to Fahrenheit or Celsius.

Set the application to display the desired temperatures on your desktop in order to monitor temperatures visually. Programs like SpeedFan also allow users to set alarms that alert users when the case reaches certain temperature thresholds.

Record the temperatures to an excel spreadsheet using SpeedFan. Turn on the recording function under the configure tab and navigate to log and click enable and select what hardware temperatures you would like logged on the temperatures tab by clicking enable on the individual temperatures. Logs are stored under the SpeedFan file in the program files.

Review the logs to find spikes in temperatures and common averages for hardware temperatures. The logs are a great way to view specific times and applications that strain the computer's cooling system.

Ensure that the SpeedFan application runs constantly by minimizing to the desktop. The program requires very little memory resources and performs a great deal of testing and monitoring functions.

Monitor temperatures using the above methods and if temperatures sit above the preferred levels, use the fan controller to increase the speeds of the fans and raise airflow. Testing and monitoring will help users understand what steps they need to take in order to keep the PC's temperatures in the right range. Using this function can help you passively monitor your computer while using it for other tasks.