Open Hardware Monitor

Open Hardware Monitor 0.8.0 Beta

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Open Hardware Monitor is a free open-source application designed mainly for the purpose of monitoring temperature sensors, voltages, fan speeds, load as well as clock speeds of a computer. It has support for most hardware monitoring chips found on today’s mainboards like the Winbond, ITE and Fintek families. Furthermore, the CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors. The sensors of Nvidia and ATI video cards as well as SMART hard drive temperature can be displayed.

Open Hardware Monitor is one of the applications that ill thoroughly guide you on the performance of the different hardware components of your computer. Also, it can help you in analyzing the temperature and voltage of  the computer components. The application runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems without installation

Why use Open Hardware Monitor?

Open Hardware Monitor is compatible with all the adware chips in the industry, so that it is possible to use it for any of your systems. The application depends on the temperature sensors present in AMD processors and Intel processors to obtain the temperature. The temperature of the hard drive can also be displayed for your computer. In the event that you already have additional cards installed, this utility can help you to monitor the temperature of those cards as well. All monitored values can be displayed in the main window, in a customizable desktop gadget, or in the system tray. 

Open Hardware Monitor is a completely free software package created with the intent to allow users to observe various aspects of their operating system in a real-time scenario. Not only will it be of great use to developers but is also very ideal for users who would like to increase the operating capacity of their system or to access troubleshooting solutions. With Open Hardware Monitor, it is possible to monitor the basic measurements of the hardware components performance of your computer, including the fan speed and the temperature of the individual components. 

The main objective of Open Hardware Monitor is to display all of the most essential physical metrics of an operating system. Some of the functions that are mentioned regularly include the voltages consumed by all hard drives and the speed of any on-board cooling fan. All of these are critical factors that will enable you to maximize the effectiveness of a hard drive and to extend the overall lifespan of a computer. The one touch functionality is programmed to highlight various functions and Open hardware can be set to run automatically in the background. Just like all open-source programs, there is no charge to install Open Hardware Monitor and all temperatures as well as fan speeds are measured in real time. 

The application displays temperature is Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees. It provides this information in a highly-simplified manner, by giving you the current value in a separate column, making it easy to compare both numbers. All reports can be saved to disk In TXT format, so that it will be easy to track the state of the computer over time.  The application can be set to launch at system startup and to open up minimized in the system tray, so that it does not intrude or interrupt your regular activity on your PC. It is an excellent tool that will come in very handy if you want to avoid issues with your computer. Due to its overall simplicity, even less experienced users should have no trouble installing and working with this program. It is 100% free to download, certified and contains no adware, spyware or viruses. It has added support for Intel Skylake, Kaby Lake and Airmont CPUs, Intel Intel Xeon E5-26xx v4 and Xeon D-15xx CPUs, Intel i5 and i7 5xxC (14nm) CPUs. It also added support for AMD family 15h model 30h APUs.

Key Features of Open Hardware Monitor Include:

  • Display can be limited to specific sensor types (voltage, clock, temperature and fan)
  • Minimize to system tray
  • Hard disk S.M.A.R.T sensor reading can be disabled to allow unused disks to be turned off. 
  • Display of sensor, value, minimum, maximum and (technical) limit (columns configurable)
  • Plotting of temperature graphs (currently limited to max 100min)
  • Sensor names can be edited (click sensor twice or select the sensor and click on F2).
  • Window position and size is restored the next time the application is started. 


All in all, Open Hardware Monitor is a free and simple software designed to monitor the conditions of your computer. The open-source nature of this application is of great advantage to users who do not wish to pay heavily for similar third party platforms. Over the years, a lot of updates have taken effect and at only 502 kilobytes, very little memory is required for it to run properly.

What's new in 0.8.0 Beta version?

  • Added support for Intel Skylake, Kaby Lake and Airmont CPUs.
  • Added support for Intel Xeon E5-26xx v4 and Xeon D-15xx CPUs.
  • Added support for Intel Intel i5, i7 5xxC (14nm) CPUs.
  • Added support for AMD family 15h model 30h APUs.
  • Added support for ITE IT8620E and IT8628E super I/O chips.
  • Added support for Nuvoton NCT6102D/NCT6106D super I/O chips.
  • Added more Nvidia RAM sensors (free, used and total).
  • Added more sensors for Samsung and Plextor SSDs.
  • Replaced the ‘Temperature Difference From 100’ with a simple ‘Temperature’ sensor on hard drives.
  • Fixed wrong Nvidia GPU clock min and plotting values.
  • Fixed issues with Nuvoton NCT6791D super I/O chips after wake from S3 sleep state.
  • Fixed incorrect OS version showing up in reports for Windows 10 and 8.1.
  • Added customizable pen colors for the plot window.
  • Improved the automatic plot pen color assignment strategy.


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  • Last Updated: 2019-10-16
  • Developer: Michael Möller
  • Version: 0.8.0 Beta
  • File size: 502.12 KB
  • Downloads: 1,322
  • Operating system: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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