Fan Control for Mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Bilalo, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Bilalo macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2012
    Oxford, England
    Whats the best fan controller for mac and do you recommend I dont use one so I dont experience the beachball and so on? I saw one called Fan Control but it has low ratings so any suggestions? I want to use it to control the loud noise that comes out sometimes or to know why its happening etc...
  2. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    SMC fan control is what I use.
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I would not recommend this. I had smcfancontrol on my netbook back when I used the thing. My iPad eliminated any use case for a netbook back in early 2010. I googled around and found a fan control app for OSX but decided against using it. A better approach is to figure out what process is keeping your CPU going and stop it. For instance, I used to donate my CPU cycles folding proteins until I found out it kept my Macbook's fan running on tilt 24 hours a day. Other culprits are part of the OS, such as Spotlight indexing after a software update. Again I recommend you avoid using fan control software on a Mac because unlike certain other OS's I won't mention here, but happen to rhyme with Linux and Windows, OSX is pretty good at figuring out when to run the fans all by itself without any intervention on your part, other than (optionally) killing greedy process that are keeping your CPU running hot.
  4. dean1012 macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I used to use smcFanControl but for some reason it was not working at all with my 2013 MBA.

    I ended up trying the trial for iStat Menus and I bought it. For me, it did two things I desperately needed:

    1) It provided system stats right in menu bar (a replacement for the old istat pro dashboard widget)


    2) Fan control actually worked.

    If you aren't interested in #1, you can disable everything except fan control. It wasn't that expensive and it is well worth the money.

    To r0k, sometimes fan control is needed. For example, when I'm working on programming or playing a game (both of which cause temps to rise > 80 degrees), i'll run the fan at medium (~4400 RPM). If it still doesn't help, i'll run it at full speed (~6400 RPM).

    I've done this for years for various macs and I've never had an issue. I do recognize the fans could conceivably die faster but I'll take that risk.
  5. Jess13 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2013
    I use Fan Control 1.2

    I'm using OS X Mavericks, MacBook Pro.

    I use it with Final Cut Pro X.

    Without it my MBP boils.

    With it my MBP is cool.

    Default base 1500

    I set it to 3000

    Sys. Prefs.
  6. Rodan52 macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia and Bali, Indonesia
    I have found using the brush head on my vacuum cleaner over the fan outlet occasionally removes dust which is the enemy of all heat sinks. It also does a great job of removing dirt and tiny foreign objects from my MBP keyboard.:)

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