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CPU Temperature

The temperature of your main processor is displayed in the status panel. The status panel displays values for the current, minimum, maximum and average temperature. Temperature values are displayed in degrees Celsius by default.

Depending on your CPU model, the temperature that WhySoSlow reports is either the package temperature or the temperature on core 0 of your CPU. It's a good idea to regularly keep an eye on your processor's temperature because an overheated system can produce all sorts of problems and severely slow down your computer.

Most CPU models that exist will shut off as soon as the temperature reaches 100 degrees Celsius.

Overheated Systems

If your processor gets too hot, it can have adverse effects on the performance and stability of your system. Although modern systems and processors are equipped with emergency protection systems that shut off your system when a certain temperature trip point is reached, your system may display weird behavior before that actually happens.

Common symptoms of overheated systems are:

  • System shutting off unexpectedly. Your system may suddenly shut off when your CPU or other hardware gets overheated because of a protection mechanism that exists in both hardware and software.

  • System running slow because of CPU speed being throttled down. The clock speed of your CPU may be reduced to only a fraction of the advertised clock speed, basically bringing your system to its knees. In that case, all other values reported by WhySoSlow do not carry any value. Blow out the air from your fans. Make sure you are never running your laptop on a soft cloth. If you own a Dell laptop, you might need to install a copper shim mod so that all thermal components inside your system actually make contact with each other and thus dissipate the heat.

  • Memory corruption. Because temperature sensors on RAM may be not available or not used, memory corruption may occur which can results in all kinds of weirdness or produce a blue (or black) screen of death.

  • System shutting off unexpectedly. Your system may suddenly shut off when certain hardware gets overheated because of a protection mechanism in either a hardware or software.

  • Blue (or black) screens of death with various possible bugchecks

    Troubleshooting Thermal Issues

    If your system gets overheated, check out this WhoCrashed article for suggestions on troubleshooting overheated systems.

    NOTE: If your CPU model is not equipped with a temperature sensor, the CPU temperature values will remain greyed out.

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