smcFanControl for Mac

smcFanControl for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 37 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.5
  • Total Downloads:
    247,613
  • Date Added:
    October 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    982
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 37

1 stars

"Don't bother, save yourself the headache"

October 21, 2014

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.4

Pros

Installs TuneupMyMac, which does nothing except prompt you to pay even if you uncheck all the boxes. If you click Install with "Express Install" selected, it sets all your default search engines and home pages to yahoo all at once, and installs Extensions by Spigot as well.

Cons

Does not even help with controlling the fan, at least not for OS X 10.9.4

Summary

Terrible. I had thought that CNET was a reputable brand and trustworthy site to download software but I guess I was very wrong. After this experience I now know better than to trust CNET or CBS Interactive, whoever is running this.

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3 stars

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

April 07, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.5
  • New: Reduced energy usage on OS X 10.9 and OS X 10.10
  • New: Support for Yosemite Dark Mode
  • Fixed: Crash on OS X 10.9, when deleting Favorites
  • Fixed: Various smaller fixes, improvements and code optimizations
  • Support for OS X 10.5 is deprecated
General
Publisher Hendrik Holtmann
Publisher web site http://homepage.mac.com/holtmann/eidac
Release Date October 21, 2014
Date Added October 21, 2014
Version 2.5
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.18MB
File Name smcfancontrol_2_5.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 247,613
Downloads Last Week 982
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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