Excessive heat is one thing you’ll want to keep away from your computer’s components. In general, overheated electronic equipment are not good. Additionally, they risk total failure if temperatures get too high. This is particularly valid for the CPU in your computer. It is crucial to make sure your CPU is working within a typical temperature range if you own a computer or laptop. As more processes are requested of CPUs, they will become hotter. But even with a heavy workload, you can prevent difficulties by ensuring that your CPU doesn’t become too hot with the right cooling mechanisms in place.
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Lower Your CPU Usage
You may be pushing your CPU to perform too many tasks, which is one reason why it may be running too hot. Are you attempting to run 25 Chrome tabs in the background while simultaneously playing a CPU-intensive game on one monitor, streaming video on another, and 10 other applications that started running as soon as your computer went on? In any event, you should be sure you aren’t the source of the issue before taking any further action if your CPU temperatures are too high. Check your CPU use by opening Task Manager in Windows.
Clean Out Your Computer
If your CPU temperatures are too high, the first thing you should do is open up your computer and clean it out, especially if it is an older computer or is situated in a dusty environment.
Dust accumulation in your case can impair fan efficiency and reduce airflow, which prevents your CPU from receiving the necessary cooling. A crucial aspect of keeping your computer maintained is routinely cleaning the dust out of it. Additionally, if you use a laptop, which are smaller and already have limited ventilation, any additional limits brought on by dust accumulation can have a significant impact on the temperatures of your CPU.
Using a can of compressed air to blow the dust off your computer is the simplest and most popular approach to clean it out. It’s a good idea to concentrate on the fans inside your computer’s system as much as you can when blowing out dust, as well as the area around any vents or apertures in your case where air can enter (or out).
Reapply Thermal Paste
Reapplying thermal paste should come next once you’ve cleaned up your PC. It’s possible that you’re seeing greater temps because the thermal paste between your CPU and its fan/heatsink has degraded if your computer is older or if you haven’t updated it.
In that situation, you should take off the CPU cooler and clean the rear of the CPU as well as the contact point on the cooler. A dry, lint-free cloth should work just fine, though you can clean more thoroughly by soaking it in 90% isopropyl alcohol. Reapply a pea-sized drop of thermal paste after cleaning them off.
Upgrade Your CPU Cooler
If your CPU temperature is still too high after you’ve cleaned out your computer, reapply thermal paste to your CPU/CPU cooler, and checked that your chassis has good cable management, you might want to consider replacing your CPU cooler.
Of course, you can experience more severe issues if your CPU cooling is mid-range or better. However, upgrading to a good air cooler or even an AIO liquid cooler could help you lower your processor’s temperatures if you’re utilizing the standard cooler and they are on the high side.
Add More Case Fans
If you already have a good CPU cooler or have recently updated to one, but your CPU temperature is still higher than usual, it’s possible that your case isn’t allowing adequate airflow into your computer. If that’s the case, you should try to boost the airflow inside of your system by seeing if you can add some extra fans to your current case. Therefore, if your fans aren’t set up properly (where there’s an equal amount of air coming in as there is going out, at the very least), you might want to experiment with those as well to see if it would assist lower your CPU temperatures.