Fancontrol or No

Do you use a fancontrol program on your MacPro ?

  • Yes

    Votes: 6 35.3%
  • No

    Votes: 11 64.7%

  • Total voters
    17
  • Poll closed .

Washac

macrumors 68020
Original poster
Jul 2, 2006
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How many out there just let their MacPro do its own thing fan wise, and how many use a fancontrol program ?
 

bizzle

macrumors 6502a
Jun 29, 2008
936
35
I run fans set to about 1/3rd (minimum) full speed in SMCFanControl. Cooler parts last longer.
 

tony3d

macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2006
377
2
How many out there just let their MacPro do its own thing fan wise, and how many use a fancontrol program ?
I use it on my Mac Pro when I'm rendering in Lightwave. Sometimes when rendering an animation, I may be rendering for 6 days, maybe even 2 weeks at a time 24 hours a day. I generally bump up the fan speeds about 300 RPM's which does lower my temps about 15 degrees. that is running my Mac Pro under extreme conditions for long periods of time all 24 cores pumping full throttle 95% of the time. I think for normal use it's pretty unnecessary on a Mac Pro, unless your running it in very high temp environments.
 

slughead

macrumors 68040
Apr 28, 2004
3,105
234
I agree with above, cooler parts last longer. I even installed a second fan (120mm) in my PCIe/hd bay to bring down the temps more. On top of that, I use SMC fan control to raise the speed of the other fan in the bay. I have a 6870 and 5870 installed though.
 

ActionableMango

macrumors G3
Sep 21, 2010
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I agree with above, cooler parts last longer. I even installed a second fan (120mm) in my PCIe/hd bay to bring down the temps more. On top of that, I use SMC fan control to raise the speed of the other fan in the bay. I have a 6870 and 5870 installed though.
Google did a reliability survey of their hundreds of thousands of hard drives. They found that "drives that are cooled excessively actually fail more often than those running a little hot".

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/18/massive-google-hard-drive-survey-turns-up-very-interesting-thing/

I really don't know what to think about that.
 

slughead

macrumors 68040
Apr 28, 2004
3,105
234
Google did a reliability survey of their hundreds of thousands of hard drives. They found that "drives that are cooled excessively actually fail more often than those running a little hot".

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/18/massive-google-hard-drive-survey-turns-up-very-interesting-thing/

I really don't know what to think about that.
It could be a poor study, it could also be that vibrating fans cause crashes. It is certainly not true that higher temperature = stability.

http://gizmodo.com/5535177/vibration-is-killing-hard-drive-speeds