smcFanControl for Mac

smcFanControl for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    241,623
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 21, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,061
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

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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5 stars

"Yep. This works!"

April 15, 2011  |  By Geoffrey Dean Jackson

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

It works, and the temp sensors prove it!

Cons

None. Zip. Nada.

Summary

If you have a intel iMac, download this and keep your machine cooler. Happy chips = happy life!

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5 stars

"Fantastic bit of kit!!"

January 18, 2011  |  By park54lands

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

Saved me from thowing my MacBook Pro in the trash!

Cons

None as far a s I can tell.

Summary

Get it, set it, forget it, you will never regret downloading this programme, believe me, and it's FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 stars

"Yep, It works."

December 03, 2010  |  By indyoung

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

Works Perfectly. Easy to use and Install.

Cons

No Cons as of yet.

Summary

I have a 2007 Mac Pro and it has always run hot. The Northbridge ran at a constant 165 F and the memory modules ran about 150 F. Every month I would have to use canned air to blow out the dust but that would only drop the temp about 10 degrees. After downloading the smcFanControl 2.2.2 and adjusting the the minimum fan speed on all fans to about 845 rpm everything cooled down. That simple adjustment dropped the Northbridge to 119 and the memory modules are now at 112. With a little adjusting I am sure that I can get these even cooler. I was worried about the noise of the fans but so far no real noticeable fan noise. Time to fire up WOW and render some video to see what kind of improvement I get. Thanks Hendrik for the awesome program. Just wish I would have found it sooner.

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5 stars

"Fixed my computer! I was about to get rid of it!"

August 19, 2010  |  By actress4261

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

EVERYTHING! It works like a DREAM!
Cools the computer IMEDIATELY! WOW!

Cons

NO CONS AT ALL! EVERYTHING IS GREAT!

Summary

WOW! I am the happiest person right now. I thought I was going to have to get a logic board and video card. My computer was crashing after 5 minutes everytime started it. I installed this dream program and now I am streaming videos, I'm online, I'm mulittasking on my macbook pro and its not shutting down and its staying cool! WOW
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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5 stars

"Did exactly what it says and did it well"

June 27, 2010  |  By jatibi

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

By being able to adjust the minimum fan level you can help manage the temps inside your mac. Helpful if you have exchanged a hard drive or added memory (causing more heat)

Cons

Doesn't have all Mac models, but I installed on my iMac which supposedly isn't supported and it worked great. Got the temp down to where I think is more healthy for the unit.

Summary

This is a great program. Highly suggested for any mac user. Allows you to monitor the temp in your status bar tray and has profiles for laptops to adjust for battery operation. Even though this is a free app, this is something I would donate to the developers.

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5 stars

"Does what it's supposed to do."

May 06, 2010  |  By zeth006

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

-Allows user to read CPU Temps and control fan RPM speeds.

-Easy to use

-Free

-Light on resource use

Cons

-Doesn't have an option to read GPU or current clock speed though you can blame the inability to read GPU temps on Apple.

-Fan speeds after 4000 RPM can be loud.

Summary

If you're dissatisfied with the limited means of cooling your Macbook or Macbook Pro, then you've come to the right place. Combined with CoolBook, I've been able to lower my load temperatures substantially. My one caveat is that this is simply a band-aid for a lingering problem, higher than normal temps. It's especially problematic with thin notebooks that have little space for air circulation beyond the thin air vents located near the keyboard.

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5 stars

"works as described"

February 14, 2010  |  By efroisland

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

Easy to use program that let's you dynamically control the speed of the fans in your Mac. It works as described and lets my Mac run cooler.

Cons

It's difficult to get the exact speed desired of the fans using the slider. Whenever I change the settings I have to restart to make them effective.

Summary

Bottom line: I would recommend this to everyone who wants to increase the fan speed in their MacBook and save the battery from overheating.

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5 stars

"Fixed the lines I was getting."

August 12, 2009  |  By lcjohnson

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.2.2

Pros

Free download, trusted CNET site. Easy to use.

Cons

Clocking needs to be able to be typed in manually instead if the slider bar.

Summary

I thought my video card was going out on my Mac, decided to try this program and it WORKED! No more freezing, lines or jerky programs!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.2.2
  • Offical support for every so far released Macbook, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, mac mini included
  • Fans of iMacs, MacPro's are read out on first startup. For official support of iMac/MacPro in a future release please send me your ModelName and min/max speed for every fan.
  • The fan to be displayed in the menubar can be chosen now
  • All known memory leaks fixed
  • Spanish localization included
General
Publisher Hendrik Holtmann
Publisher web site http://homepage.mac.com/holtmann/eidac
Release Date April 21, 2009
Date Added April 21, 2009
Version 2.2.2
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.18MB
File Name smcfancontrol_2_5.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 241,623
Downloads Last Week 1,061
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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