iStat the best ooooor ... ?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by doobybiggs, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Is there something better than iStat for getting all your info in one program. Mainly CPU and GPU temps.

    Just curious on your thoughts before I drop $16 ...
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You can use iStat Pro (free) or iStat Menus ($16) to get accurate readings of your temps, fan speeds, etc. A forum member has posted a copy of iStat Pro that has been "tweaked" to enhance compatibility with Mountain Lion. You can download it here.
     
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    justperry

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    iStaMenu's has problems writing to disk every few seconds now since they moved to 4.X, I had problems with it, the disk activity light were (almost) continuously on (Writes) because of logging, what is the purpose of such a light when iStatMenus is causing most of the writes!
    They said they fixed it in 4.0.2, NOT.
    So, I got rid of it, use MenuMeters, which I do for years now, it does not have temps but at least it does not have continuous writes to disk.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    To be honest, there is no need to monitor these things for general use. OS X has perfectly good routines for monitoring and controlling all this stuff.

    Unless you are having noticeable problems that you want to investigate, then you don't really need any of this.

    The idea that you need to spend your time checking up on the OS and micro-managing what is does is crazy.

    Let the operating system .... operate the hardware, and get on with watching videos of kittens or folding proteins or whatever it is. ;)
     
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    justperry

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    I have to agree here, I am more and more leaning towards not using any monitoring Menu Extras, it can come in handy when there are problems or when you just bought a new Mac to see everything is OK, but except for these reasons better get rid of these or disable them.
     
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    AppleNewton

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    Yeah alot of those apps can cause problems, iStat wether modded or not i no longer use (the dashboard widget). it always randomly would wake the second drive in my iMac or my time machine drive.

    The only thing i generally used it for was with editing video and monitoring fan speeds to make sure they spun down properly and GUI for network connectivity but you can get better raw data through network utility anyways.

    With any 3rd party plugins/apps/firmware/etc can cause small issues esp if theyre not properly supported. iStat was nice but again with what was said they dont offer much like they used to.

    Best benefit, use the Apple hardware test to test or see any issues with your components.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    I prefer System Monitor instead.
    Instead of wasting my menu bar space with some useless app-icons I let Bartender hide most of them and use this new space for some valuable information about the status of my computer.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Do ya'll know if any of these applications provide a GPU temp reading, GPU usage (%) and GPU memory usage right on the menubar?
     

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