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How to check an Intel CPU’s Health on Windows 10

Hardware doesn’t last forever. If you take care of a computer, chances are the hardware will be obsolete before it dies on you but, it can still fail. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it. We’ve broached the subject of SSD health but your CPU’s health might deteriorate over time as well. Here’s how you can check an Intel CPU’s health.

There are lots of tools that let you check your CPU’s health however, if you have an Intel CPU, it’s best to use Intel’s own diagnostic tool called Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool. On that note, you should know that Intel is not the sole manufacturer of every CPU in the world. Check if you have an Intel CPU and then use this tool. The easiest way to check for an Intel CPU is by looking for an ‘Intel Inside’ sticker on your computer, or by going to the Performance tab in Task Manager. Select the CPU graph and look at the top right corner.

Check Intel CPU Health

Download the Intel® Processor Diagnostic Tool. Make sure you download the EXE that is built for your system architecture i.e., 32-bit if you’re running 32-bit Windows, and 64-bit if you’re running 64-bit Windows.

Run the app and it will automatically start to execute a series of tests to gauge the health of your CPU. By default, the app runs all its tests and if a test should fail, it will stop the testing process. A single test can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. It depends on your hardware.

Once the test is complete, regardless if it failed or passed, you will get a result summary that tells you if anything is wrong with it. If the test stopped due to a failure, you can go to Tools>Stop testing on Fail and select Off.

As for the test results, they will show you which tests passed and which didn’t. They will differ based on the capabilities of your CPU but you can go through the test summary and see what tests were run. The average user is unlikely to understand, at a glance, what a test is for but if you have tests that failed, you can look into possible solutions for it. Alternatively, you can have an expert look into it.

CPUs can be repaired but the repair might cost as much or almost as much as a new CPU. Weight the cost of the repair with that of new hardware and then pick whatever suits your budget. If you can’t find a reliable repairing option, buying a new CPU is going to be cheaper in the long run.

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