The Best CPU Temperatures For Gaming

Wondering what temperature that your CPU needs to be when you're gaming? Here's the ultimate guide about CPU temperatures for different processors.

The PC hardware of today needs to be substantially fast to process the demanding video graphics in games but to achieve that speed, the hardware needs to use a lot of power. And processing a lot of power will generate large amounts of heat.

Computer components like graphics cards and processors tend to generate the most warmth. The latest CPUs, specifically, can get rather warm due to their numerous cores. Nonetheless, each CPU model has its own distinct temperature averages.

So, what CPU temperature is ideal for gaming? What is a secure CPU temp?

These are some of the questions that might have you worried about your PC’s health. So, to get rid of any worries you might have, we’ll try to explain everything surrounding this topic.

Let’s get right into it!

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Perfect CPU Temperature While Gaming

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This is a intricate topic, but we can give you a straightforward response.

The reality is that there is no such thing as an “ideal temperature” for gaming. Instead, different CPUs produce different quantities of heat.

A budget processor with two cores may max out at 60°C while gaming with a stock Intel/Ryzen cooler. A premium 16-core CPU, on the other hand, can max out at 90°C during heavy gaming sessions.

In both situations, the processors are working at their normal temperature.

Nowadays, the absolute maximum temperature of both Ryzen and Intel CPUs is around 100 degrees Celsius. Therefore, everything above one hundred degrees will result in thermal throttling (more on that below) or an automatic shutdown to protect your PC from overheating.

Thermal Throttling

There’s nothing inherently wrong with allowing your CPU to run at its maximum temperature, but it could lead to thermal throttling, ultimately reducing your in-game FPS.

thermal throttling
CPU hits the temperature ceiling and starts thermal throttling.

Thermal throttling is a safety precaution put in place (by Intel and AMD) that automatically reduces the energy to decrease temperature. This technique prevents the processor from becoming excessively hot and causing the second safety measure, automatic shutdown.

And don’t worry, thermal throttling will not reduce your CPU’s lifespan. Nor will it ever overheat because of these safeguards in place.

Keep in mind; the thermal throttle limits vary by model and BIOS settings.

Best CPU Temperature

While thermal throttling is not dangerous, that does not mean you should allow your CPU to throttle. Throttling can cause stutters, reduced average, and minimal FPS ruining your gaming experience. So, there is no perfect temperature, but there is an optimal/best gaming temperature.

Additionally, High CPU temperatures can heat up other components in a computer. This is especially true for graphics cards because they also produce a lot of heat. Once the overall temperature in the case is increased, the CPU, GPU, and case fans will start spinning at a much higher RPM.

Elevated fan RPM can be noisy and exceedingly irritating. This rise in temperatures can even warm up the room you’re working/gaming in.

For optimal gaming, we recommend keeping the CPU temperature within the range of 50°C to 70°C. However, this is merely a broad response. Various factors can influence your overall experience.

Common CPU Temperatures During Gaming

Are you wondering, how warm should my CPU get? To provide you with a solid idea of what’s typical or usual, we’ve composed this list of certain CPUs and their average temperatures while gaming.

CPUAverage Temperature
Intel 12th Gen i970°C – 95°C
Intel 12th Gen i760°C – 87°C
Intel 12th Gen i550°C – 75°C
Intel 12th Gen i345°C – 75°C
Intel 11th Gen i980°C – 100°C
Intel 11th Gen i770°C – 85°C
AMD Ryzen 9 5th Gen60°C – 82°C
AMD Ryzen 7 5th Gen65°C – 80°C
AMD Ryzen 5 5th Gen50°C – 65°C
AMD Ryzen 9 3rd Gen65°C – 78°C
AMD Ryzen 7 3rd Gen60°C – 75°C
AMD Ryzen 5 3rd Gen55°C – 70°C

This chart is based on various user experiences and reviews. The lower value is from systems with a high-quality AIO, while the latter is with a stock cooler or generally weaker cooling. Your experience may vary.

You can use this chart even if you don’t have any of the above-listed models because older generations of Ryzen and Intel processors show similar values.

Of course, the ideal temperature for gaming would be the lowest achievable temperature. A colder PC will consistently result in reduced noise and no thermal throttling.

Reducing CPU Temperature

If you compare your CPU temperature with the values in the chart above and the unusual results, you should reduce the temperature.

CPU cooled with liquid nitrogen for extreme overclocking
CPU cooled with liquid nitrogen for extreme overclocking.

Here are a few techniques you can use to accomplish that:

You could even completely replace your processor with a newer model that runs cooler.

To optimize your fan curve, check out this video guide.


Finding the optimal temperature for your CPU while gaming depends on many different factors. The case, fans in the case, GPU’s heat output, CPU cooler, fan curve, and much more.

So, if you find 70 degrees Celsius to be the ideal point for your gaming setup, other individuals may find that too high and will insist on lower temperature averages.

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