Extremely hot CPU temperature when playing heavy games is something natural.
The average CPU temperature ranges from 70-80 degree centigrade when playing heavy games or running software rendering.
However, if it is more than this number, it means that there is something wrong with the computer system that must be addressed immediately.
Overheated CPU may damage nearby components such as the motherboard, even damage the CPU itself which also spreads to the BIOS so that the computer cannot turn on again.
The following guide will explain how to prevent the CPU from overheating even when playing heavy games.
There are 9 ways you can do it, some are suitable for laptops, some are for desktop computers. Please choose the one that suits your condition.
#1 Use a closed case so that dust doesn’t contaminate heatsink
According to some people, the open casing allows air to enter more freely and cool the processor temperature. Sounds reasonable, but there are disproportionate side effects.
Dust also becomes easier to perch on heatsink and fans so that the flow of air that shoots into the CPU becomes less and ultimately makes the cooling process inefficient.
#2 Clean the fan from dust regularly for smoother airflow
If you insist on using an open case, that’s fine. But cleaning the fan and heatsink from dust is an activity that must be done regularly.
You can also use an electric blower, a hand blower, or air duster can to spray dust out between the components. This method is quite recommended if you do not want to disassemble computer components.
#3 Increase the number of fans to maximize air circulation
The average computer owner just leaves the fan slot unfilled. They think fans for the CPU and GPU are enough, while others are unnecessary.
Even though case manufacturers deliberately overestimate the number of fan slots because they understand that the built-in fan is not enough.
Try adding 1-2 more fans in your computer case. Components cost IDR 20,000 this can significantly reduce the heat produced by the CPU.
Oh yes, laptop users can use a laptop fan (cooling pad) which is usually placed on the bottom side. It’s also enough to help cool laptop components that heat up relatively quickly.
#4 Increase fan speed with the help of software
Free software named SpeedFan has the ability to increase fan rotation when the CPU reaches a certain temperature. That way, while playing heavy games, the program will handle the fan speed autonomously.
I’ve also posted 10 software to monitor computer temperature, maybe this list can help you understand CPU activity and temperature.
#5 Disabling features overclock can reduce CPU load
If you don’t know what it is overclockingthese tips are not for you.
Even though overclocking instantaneously improves CPU performance, on the other hand its performance will also increase which means more heat is generated even when in a position idle.
Possible overclock sounds too interesting to pass up, but think again if you really need it. If you don’t really need it, it’s better overclock just disabled.
#6 Make space for the CPU by turning off unnecessary background programs
Did you know that subconsciously there are many background programs running on your computer right now?
Try to open Task Manager by pressing the combination CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, then go to tab Processes. To turn off unnecessary programs, just click on the program and then click End task.
There are also programs in the tab Startup which had started running when the computer was just turned on. Select the program then click Disable.
#7 Room temperature also contributes to CPU temperature
The computer cooling system is very dependent on the air conditions in which it is located. If possible, try to reduce the temperature air conditioner or pointing the fan at the computer.
It can effectively reduce the hot air that enters the casing.
If you don’t have an adequate air conditioner or fan, placing a computer/laptop near a vent can also be used as an alternative.
#8 Reduce game graphics settings so GPU heat doesn’t affect CPU
Technically, the graphics in the game are processed by the GPU on the graphics card. If you set it to “right align” aka the highest level, the workload will also increase and generate more heat.
Because they are in the same ecosystem, GPU temperature practically affects CPU temperature as they share space within the case.
Instead of focusing on the beauty of the graphics, focus on the gaming experience. I highly recommend using GeForce Experience because this software can choose game settings that match computer specifications.
#9 Upgrade hardware to cooler components
The last option is to upgrade some crucial components that play a role in hardware cooling.
For example, you can replace the single fan cooling system on the CPU with a more effective dual fan. If you have extra funds, there’s nothing wrong with using water cooling which proved cooler than the fan.
#10 If necessary, choose components that have their own fans
Generally, there are only three computer components that require a fan; CPU, GPU and PSU. But who would have thought that RAM and SSD could have their own fans.
With this extra fan, the temperature of the case can be more maintained and reduce the workload of other fans.
What is the CPU temperature under normal conditions (idle)?
Generally it ranges from 40° C to 60° C. This number varies quite a bit for each computer and room conditions. But as long as it’s still in range, then it can be said to be safe.
What is the maximum temperature the CPU can accept?
Modern CPUs can withstand temperatures up to 105°C until they shut down to prevent extreme heat. Although it can withstand such high temperatures, try not to approach it because it has the potential to damage the hardware.
How are the results after you follow the tips above?
Or if there are tips you want to add, feel free to share 😊