Quickly check the GPU Temperature in the Windows 10 Task Manager

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 30, 2019
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft extended the functionality of the Task Manager in the Windows 10 operating system. Not all features that Microsoft introduced are great. The rather useless basic mode that reveals virtually no information at all needs to be mentioned in this regard.

A click on "more details" opens the real Task Manager and Windows remembers the state so that you don't have to repeat the process each time you open it.

The Task Manager features process information but also hardware readings and startup management features. The hardware information is interesting in particular; while not as extensive as in the Resource Monitor, it is often good enough for a quick check that reveals what is going on. Furthermore, it is just a couple of key-presses away and the information is readily available.

A click on Performance displays the readings. When you check the GPU reading in that build or newer builds, you may notice that it includes the temperature of the graphics processing unit.  May, because there are certain requirements that need to be met for that. First, that the temperature is only displayed for dedicated GPUs, and second, that WDDM 2.4 or higher is installed. One way to find out if the latter is the case is to open the DirectX Diagnostic Tool and check the Driver Model version under Display. You may start the tool by opening start, typing dxdiag.exe and selecting the item from the results.

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The GPU listing displays the load and the temperature right when Performance is opened. A click on GPU displays graphs and additional information, and it is possible to change the graphs by selecting a different source; temperature is not available yet there so that it is not possible to check temperature over time yet. Microsoft did not reveal whether it plans to integrate that option in future builds.

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The temperature may change rather quickly depending on the tasks. It is probably best to keep the Task Manager option to quickly check the temperature whenever you need to.

Third-party programs are still better suited if you need additional details. Check out programs like HWMonitor or SpeedFan or our overview of PC temperature monitors..

You may also be interested in the following tutorials:

Closing Words

The GPU temperature reading may be handy for a quick check but since there is no history, it is not suitable for extensive troubleshooting.

Now You: Do you check temperatures regularly on your devices?

Quickly check the GPU Temperature in the Windows 10 Task Manager
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Quickly check the GPU Temperature in the Windows 10 Task Manager
Recent versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system display the temperature of the GPU in the Windows Task Manager.
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  1. Anonymous said on July 20, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    nope my gpu temps doesn’t show.

  2. ubronan said on September 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I checked my latest 1903 build but nope nothing shown at the gpu about temps
    Even though it looks almost the same mine does not reveal temps at all
    However its a bit better than previous versions because you can see how the gpu is used and loaded.

  3. owl said on September 1, 2019 at 4:41 am

    I have experience of ruining two laptops.
    On the XP machine, the HDD was damaged by high heat and became waste material.
    The next purchased Win8.1 machine (Ultrabook) became waste material because the motherboard was deformed by heat and could not be repaired.
    Based on that experience, the newly purchased PC is a “desktop type that excels in cooling performance”, however also emphasis on temperature monitoring.

    Regarding the important elements in monitoring:
    ・ Detailed real-time monitoring function
    ・ Alarm & power off function
    ・ Customizable display method

    The selection based on this perspective is a combination of “CrystalDiskInfo” and “thilmera7_64”.

    CrystalDiskInfo | Crystal Dew World
    thilmera7 | thilmera project

  4. Clairvaux said on August 31, 2019 at 9:32 am

    [Out-of-band question] – It seems the email alert feature that enabled one to be informed of comments on a given thread has disappeared. Is that a fact ?

  5. jomargon said on August 30, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I use SIV you have TOTAL information of all the PC, everything that can be measured you will find in this application, ONE JEWEL let’s go.

  6. ilev said on August 30, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Do don’t need the Task Manager or Windows 10 when there is the free, portable Speccy app that will display GPUs, HDs, SSDs… temps.

  7. Paulus said on August 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Personally I am a big fan of TechPowerUp GPU-Z v.2.24 (video card & graphics processor) (version of ’19-08-13). I have this one always running so I can see in the task bar of everything is working smoothly.

    Another go to for me is HWiNFO 6.10 bld.3880 (this is a ferry sophisticated hardware info tool) ( I have the 64 bit version installed & there is also a 32 bit version) (Latest release is from – ’19-07-31)

  8. Auri said on August 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Good, but why not the CPU temp too ??

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