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smcFanControl for Mac

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If you've got burnt thighs from an old MacBook Pro or you notice that your computer is always overheating and crashing from using CPU-intensive apps (like playing PC games in a virtual Windows environment), you might want to check out smcFanControl. This free, GPL-licensed utility has a single purpose: letting you increase the minimum speed of built-in fans, so your Intel computer will run cooler.

smcFanControl lets you monitor the current temperature (in Celsius or Fahrenheit), assign different minimum speeds for each fan using sliders, and even apply different settings when your power source changes (for example, going back to default fan speed when using battery power). As with any settings-tinkering software, you'll want to use smcFanControl judiciously--but fortunately this application always keeps fans in automatic mode (so speed will increase along with CPU load) and never lets you set the fan speed below the Apple-recommended minimum. This most recent version adds support for every current MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mini.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 36 votes

    • 5 star: 25
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems to work well, but comes bundled with bloatware :("

    April 7, 2014  |   By tgmr90

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    Big fan of SMC, been using it for years, and seems to be working well on my new mac (with OSX 10.9.2 - Mavericks).

    Cons

    The default CNET installer not only installs smc fancontrol, but also installs multiple extensions to all the browsers you have. (e.g. Ebay, slickDeals, AmazonShopper). It also changes your default search engine in all your browsers to yahoo. I think those we the only side effects, but am not positive.

    Summary

    Great piece of software. Either choose a custom install, or download the installer from somewhere else.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I like it!!!!!!!!!!"

    January 13, 2014  |   By tenoclock96

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    it does exactly everything it says above, even more.

    Cons

    I haven't had any type of problem so far

    Summary

    i just installed it and it is working great. Zero problems whatsoever. It works great. For some reason i have complete control over it. I took it down to 1800 rpm for about ten minutes and it stayed there then i took it up to 5500 rpm and it was running like a champ, fan was spinning load and clear. BTW i have mavericks and i'm using my mac mini. Give it a try, it's great!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "What is CNET Installer????"

    December 27, 2013  |   By karrezza

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    ZERO ZERO ZERO

    Cons

    Try to install, and CNET installer is now TWICE in my Mac tray and WON'T go away!!!!! Cannot kill it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Yes it works fine! Are these people below me high???"

    November 27, 2013  |   By bigpoppa

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    I have been using this program for years and just installed it on a CLEAN install of Mavericks. The program works great! The people below me who are saying it doesn't work don't know how to set it up or messed up their settings. Don't blame the developer for your mistakes.

    Cons

    None! Absolutely none!

    Summary

    I need my computer nice and cool when I have a packed dance floor. This is the perfect tool!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Beyond useless"

    November 13, 2013  |   By mortenz06

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    Nothing...no good

    Cons

    Does not work with Mavericks

    Summary

    Does NOT work with Mavericks. Swapped hard drive in 2013 iMac. Now fans are going at 2300 rpm, and SMC can't control them. Did all the SMC reset and all....no effect

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Truly Awful"

    October 23, 2013  |   By RWadhwani3

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    None, this product does not work and will negatively impact your computer.

    Cons

    Doesn't open in most recent Mac OSX 10.8 (or Lion), but shows as running in Activity Monitor. Messes with user settings on your computer, and caused my screen to glitch a couple times after downloading. AVOID AT ALL COSTS IF YOU ARE ON A (newly-updated) MAC

    Summary

    A genuinely abysmal product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless..."

    May 21, 2013  |   By GMacPro

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    I'll get back to you...

    Cons

    If you consider the app not working at all a con, then yes.

    Summary

    First, when it is on default it won't let me make the speed any lower than 2800 rpm, which isn't that big of a problem because despite the setting it still runs at 2500ish. Then when I try to increase the speed the fans kick in for about a second get up to 3500 and then immediately go back to 2500. As far as i can tell the app holds no control over the fans as its name would suggest. Don't download. Not worth the price (and yes, I realize its free). Thanks for nothing smcFanControl!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Useful & free: what more?"

    May 17, 2013  |   By jorjinho--2008

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    Resolved the noise of the HD fan, continuously on after replacing the hard disk; easy to use, simply and great. Working on IMac late 2006, Snow OS

    Cons

    Needs to be reset after a stop.

    Summary

    If you need to mange the fans, the best simple way.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it claims to do"

    April 28, 2013  |   By khflottorp

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    It is tiny, and shows the temperature and fan revolving.

    Cons

    You need to reboot - should be sufficient to restart the window manager, or just the status part.

    Summary

    Does what it claims, and with 0.0% to 0.4% CPU it will save battery life. Should be standard with all OS for laptops.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Used it for years. Get a new Mac- Install smcFanControl"

    February 27, 2013  |   By DrClarkC

    Version: smcFanControl 2.4

    Pros

    Free, light, easy to install and remove.
    Won't let you run your mac slower than Apple specs.
    Shows you the temp of your laptop. Get it even if you don't adjust fan speed at all.

    Cons

    I've never seen any downsides to it.

    Summary

    This is one add-on that is a real no-brainer.

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