The Hidden Way to Monitor Your Mac’s Temperature for Free

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Apple silicon—including the M1 and newer M2 chips—have a reputation to live cold Even under excessive workload. Intel Macs, on the other hand, notoriously run Hot, They’re still capable computers, but they heat up fast, which in turn slows things down. If you have an Intel-based Mac, you’ve probably experienced this computational heatwave for yourself. However, instead of estimating how hot your computer is getting, one is built in hidden monitor What Every Intel-Based Mac Tells You Absolutely What is the internal temperature.

Why Your Mac Overheats (And Why It’s Bad)

I talked about this topic beforewhen I focused mostly on laptops. Whether you have a MacBook or an iMac, however, the general principle is the same: You don’t want your machine to overheat.

Computers heat up because internal components, namely the CPU and GPU, generate heat while they work. Depending on your computer, you might not notice it when performing light tasks. Once you start pushing the machine, you will feel The temperature is rising.

Not that this heat will damage or damage your computer. I mean, it absolutely could happen, but the makers make sure it will never happen. A little heat is fine; parts OneRedesigned to operate normally within a wide range of temperatures. However, when the chips start getting too hot-usually around 90 degrees FRespect,your computer will slow down processing speed in order To cool things down, a process called “throttling”.

Throttling sucks, because it means you’re not getting the performance you expect from your machine. True, a slow machine is better than a burnt and broken one, but avoiding the overheating problem in the first place can help you prevent throttling before it kicks in, and push your Mac to its maximum potential.

While there are Many ways to deal with overheating, One is to monitor your Mac’s temperature, and if You have an Intel Mac, you already have a monitor built into macOS.

macOS Hidden Temperature Monitor for Intel Macs

You won’t find these temperature monitors when you search through the apps installed on your Mac. You also won’t find them in Activity Monitor, a useful utility like that. Rather, your Mac’s temperature monitor is found in Terminal. using the Terminal probably seems intimidating to many users, as it allows you to control your Mac using only text-based commands. But you really don’t need to memorize any of thesecommand to use the e-terminal; A copy and pasted command also works.

There are lots of useful terminal commands that everyone can use (We have covered many of them in this piece.) But we are focused This time monitors the temperature. There are two commands you can use here. first now you View temperature statistics for your Mac’s CPU. copy and paste the following command Exactly as in a new terminal window (quotation marks and all):

sudo powermetrics —samplers smc |grep -i “CPU die temperature”

If done correctly, Terminal will ask you for the password. Enter it (unfortunately, you won’t be able to see what you’re typing), then hit the Return key. After a moment, you’ll start seeing temperature readings, which update roughly every five seconds. Temperatures are written in Celsius, so you’ll need to convert to Fahrenheit automatically, but, after a while, you start choosing which temperatures are cold, warm, hot, and which. very Hot.

speaking about which you too Access one of my favorite data points in macOS: When things start to heat up and your Mac decides it needs to cool things down below, you will see (fan) It’s written next to the temperature (if your Mac has fans, that is). This tells you that the fans are working harder to push the hot air out of your machine. Fans are obviously a great tool for cooling a computer, but they’re not perfect: If your CPU is still heating up to unsafe levels-typically 98 degrees Fahrenheit, going by My experience in terminal-you will start to see (Power) rather than. When this reading appears, it means that macOS is throttling your CPU so that the temperature doesn’t go overboard.

You can also check your GPU temperature with the following command:

sudo powermetrics —samplers smc |grep -i “GPU die temperature”

Note that you will not see (fan) either (Power) appear on this terminal windowTemperature readings only.

Alternatives to Apple Silicone

While Apple’s suite of silicon chips don’t suffer as many heat ramps as Intel-based Macs, they can still overheat and throttle like any other chip. Unfortunately this built-in terminal command won’t work on M1 and newer, because someSe chips are designed differently than Intel chips in how they handle heat,

The only solid temperature monitor available for Apple Silicon RIs there now TG Prowhich comes at a cost. it is usually $20, though at the time of this writingit’s on sale $10. If you’re looking for a temporary solution, the app offers a free two-week trial, so you can monitor your temperature on the M1, M2 or any other Apple silicone version for 14 days.

Hopefully, as more and more of the Mac user base adopts Apple silicon, developers will write more temperature monitoring apps for the platform. Hey, maybe Apple can make its own—for free.

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