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smcFanControl for Mac

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Key Details of smcFanControl

  • Control fans of your intel mac to cool it down, monitor temp.
  • Last updated on 4/29/2019
  • There have been 1 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


Editors' Review

Download.com staff

smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build-in fans. 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.

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

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
October 21, 2014
Latest update
April 29, 2019
Version
2.5
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Mac
Operating System
OS X 10.10, Mac OS X, OS X 10.9, OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
362,224
Downloads Last Week
2

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Developer's Description

Control fans of your intel mac to cool it down, monitor temp.
smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your intel mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl let's you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple's defaults.