Currently, GPU is embedded in every device you use (mobile phones and gaming consoles); its performance is very crucial to videos and games. GPU temperature is an important factor to decide the GPU performance. If the GPU temperature is too high, it will lead to hardware failure and the lifespan of that device will be reduced.

What is GPU?

As the acronym of Graphics Processing Unit, GPU is a little bit similar to CPU (Central Processing Unit). The former is mainly responsible for displaying images of videos and games while the latter is in charge of calculation. (To solve disk problems and ensure data security, you need to turn to MiniTool Solution.)

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Well, the GPU temperature is a decisive factor for GPU performance. In a nutshell, the GPU should work within proper temperature range; too high or too low temperature will lead to hardware failure and damage your device. All in all, GPU overheating is a dangerous phenomenon.

Windows 10’s Task Manager Will Show GPU Temperature

Since devices are prone to high GPU temperature, some developers has developed the GPU temperature monitor to help users keep track of the GPU temp and decide determine whether it is within the safe GPU temperature range.

The good news is Microsoft optimizes the Task Manager in Windows 10 for gamers; the new version (Windows Insider build 18963) shows GPU temperature in Task Manager. The 20H1 update, which will become stable in May 2020, will also include the improved Task Manager, so you don’t need to rely on GPU temp monitor to know the exact temperature.

What Information You Can See in Task Manager

How to find GPU in Task Manager: right click on taskbar > select Task Manager > shift to Performance tab > scroll down to find GPU.

Here, GPU Temperature will be listed on the right side. In addition, you can also find the following information:

  • GPU utilization rate
  • GPU memory
  • Dedicated GPU memory
  • Shared GPU memory

GPU in Task Manager


  1. This only works for dedicated GPUs; if your GPU is onboard or integrated GPU, you’ll still need a third-party monitor.
  2. You must make sure the driver of graphics has been updated to WDDM 2.4 or newer driver model before you can experience the improved Task Manager feature.
  3. Currently, the temperature can only be shown in degrees Celsius (not Fahrenheit).

How to Lower GPU Temp When It Is Too High

How hot is too hot for GPU? Or put it in another way, what’s the normal GPU temperature? Indeed, every GPU is designed to work property within a temperature range. Here, I’ll focus on the normal GPU temp while gaming.

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What’s the Normal GPU Temp While Gaming

The normal GPU temp is not all the same since the GPUs of different brands adopt different cooling solutions. Though it’s hard to estimate the average GPU temp while gaming, researchers find the upper temperature limit is around 203°F (95°C). Generally, the GPU temperature shouldn’t exceed 185°F (85°C); the temperature may be a little bit higher than this value when the GPU is under a heavy load, but that won’t damage the component seriously.

All in all, the ideal temperature range of GPU under heavy load should be: 167°F (75°C) ~ 185°F (85°C). While the average CPU temperature is between 167°(75°C) ~176°F (75°-80°C).

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Lower the Temp to Safe GPU Temperature

When you find your GPU temperature is above the normal GPU temperature, you should try the following solutions to lower it down.

  • Consider water cooling.
  • Roll back to previous GPU driver.
  • Check the air flow (add a larger fan or mount additional fans).
  • Check ambient temperature and cable management.
  • Clean dust from heatsink, fan, and other components with a vacuum cleaner or air compressor.
  • Turn to non-overclocked settings (disable overclocking).
  • Change the graphical settings of the games you play to a lower level.

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