Core Temp uses information from your DTS (Digital Thermal Sensor) within your PC. It doubles over as both a core monitoring tool and a motherboard agnostic. It is similar to CPU-Z in that it monitors part of your hardware.
All major processor manufacturers put a DTS device in their processors; they are part of a processor temperature monitoring safety system that the Core Temp program uses to display your processor temperature stats. Just like Samurize, the Core Temp program has a very small footprint on your system.
Which processors are supported?
Not every CPU works with Core Temp. Most PC processors work with Core Temp, including processors by Intel, AMD and VIA-supported. The program, however, can be altered and configured, so if you would like to mod it, you could make it work for your CPU processor, too.
How does Core Temp work?
Information from the DTS is streamed to the Core Temp interface. Each core is listed, albeit in numbered order rather than what they are called on your system. You are given the current temperature, the load number and the core’s maximum temperature. The monitoring software also shows you your CPU’s stats, descriptions and versions.
If the base program is a little too basic, then you can alter the code, and you can extend the program with add-ons for things like a graph view or historic logs of core temperatures.
A simple low-impact monitoring program
The tool takes very little installing and works using a tiny amount of processing power. Its low-impact nature means that the program itself doesn't affect the temperature of your device. It means you can run your laptop or PC normally, add heavy loads and then test to see how it affects your processor temperatures.
This is not a diagnostic tool, but is a good monitoring tool you can use to test the effect of different loads on your processor. It may therefore play a part in finding and fixing problems with your PC or laptop.