It happens quite often that while playing heavy games, my laptop shuts off due to GPU overheat. I need a software that does the following:

  • Records GPU temperature
  • When the temperature reaches a predefined threshold (say ~80 deg C) it should start off an alarm - in the form of a notification or popup
  • Optimizes my programs during gaming to reduce GPU load (optional)

I'm using Windows 8.1 with an AMD GPU.

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The only GPU tool I know that does this is Real Temp. I used it shortly and it works really well. It has an extremely small footprint and has a lot of features for monitoring your hardware.

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  • Portable and free
  • High temperature alarm and shutdown feature based on CPU or NVIDIA GPU temperature
  • Runs on Windows XP up


  • Only works on Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs

As an addendum, for a CPU only tool, I would recommend CoreTemp.

  • Looks good. But I've got an AMD GPU. Any suggestions here?
    – Ranveer
    Mar 9, 2014 at 16:42
  • @Ranveer I had some bookmarks from sometime back. I will poke around. And actually, I don't have a GPU or a pc to test it right now but it might support AMD gpus, can't recall but I know for a fact it only supports Intel cpus.
    – iKlsR
    Mar 9, 2014 at 17:03

I use SpeedFan:

  • Records GPU temperature (log)
  • When the temperature reaches a predefined threshold (say ~80 deg C) you can configure it so that it starts off an alarm - in the form of a popup message, beep or even email.
  • Free but not portable
  • In addition to GPU, it also monitors CPU, HD and Fans.

It does not

  • Optimize my programs during gaming to reduce GPU load (optional)

Main window:

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  • Ah, I was looking for this. Knew it but couldn't remember the name. This is the answer imo.
    – iKlsR
    Mar 9, 2014 at 22:51

I use GPU-Z. I got it from here.

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Their authors explain advantages of their software as

  • Supports NVIDIA, ATI and Intel graphics devices
  • Displays adapter, GPU and display information
  • Displays overclock, default clocks and 3D clocks (if available)
  • Includes a GPU load test to verify PCI-Express lane configuration
  • Validation of results
  • GPU-Z can create a backup of your graphics card BIOS
  • No installation required, optional installer is available
  • Support for Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 (both 32 and 64 bit versions are supported)
  • .. and yes, the author of CPU-Z has granted us permission to use a name similar to his product.

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This is free to get and use.

  • You can choose "Republic of Gamers" skin, if you like.

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