The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Monitoring your computer temperature!

This is a great widget to monitor the temperature of your CPU, Hard drive and even the Ambient Air. It is called Temperature Monitor Widget 2.2. After installing the widget, you simply have to select the temperature of which sensor you want the widget to display. These are the kind of reading you can get on a Mac Pro (it works on all Macs but the sensors vary):

You can download the widget here from MacUpdate!


Blogger Christopher said...

I think iStat is a more useful widget. Not only can you monitor temp, your can monitor fan speeds, cpu use, memory, disk, networks, uptime, and process. Couple this with the iStat Nano widget, and you have a complete app suite for mac monitoring!

Find it at:

June 20, 2007 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger said...

i would agree with comment above. i've been using iStat for quite some time now, and it's very useful. also, if you're on a laptop, you can monitor battery too.

June 20, 2007 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger dragongamegirl said...

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June 21, 2007 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Ummm, if advertisements are littered in the comment (initial to the post) that I authored, and said ad generates revenue... do I get a cut? =(

June 21, 2007 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

dragongamegirl said:
""CPU temps should be under 50c and mb/case temps at or around 30c."
It's not true. CPU temps can go very high, specially on Intel Macs, during work (grafics, etc etc). I was Mac (mine too) go to 75c (cpu) and 45c (internal) some time. There's absolutly no problem about this. The "emergency temperature limit" for Mac is 95c (cpu).

June 21, 2007 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

I too, prefer the iStat Nano, but this one would be interesting to have for more detailed monitoring.
I shall try it for a while.

June 21, 2007 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Tripplehelix said...

Istat toolbar is out ;)

June 21, 2007 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger dragongamegirl said...

Nessuno: Thank you for the correction. That was the information I found at "". Yours was much more helpful.

(I removed my previous comment so there will be no further confusion.)

June 21, 2007 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger John F. said...

I have been using iStat for some time but when Temperature Monitor Widget was posted I decided to give it a try. It worked for 30 min but now the temps don't show. I'll vote for iStat.

June 21, 2007 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I downloaded the widget, but it doesn't give the "ambient tempt" option. That is on option I am really interested in, how can I get that to work?

June 22, 2007 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger corgreg said...

That was pretty tacky, plugging in those commercials.

June 25, 2007 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

it would be great if there would also be a list of how high temperatures should be.

June 27, 2007 at 6:10 AM  

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