MAC OS Hardware Monitor software

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aquilc, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. aquilc macrumors member

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    Hi I have a mid-2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display (the one with the nVidia 750M)

    The laptop doesn't get hot whilst normal operations, mainly internet browsing.

    Today I was playing a game, Plague Inc. Evolved, and after an hour or more, it started to get hot, and I didn't hear the fans spinning. I know that the fans are designed for the least noise emission, meaning remaining silent. But I a few weeks ago I was using Maps on it and heard the fans working.

    Can anyone suggest software which supports hardware monitoring?

    I found this app http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23137/fan-control
    but found out that it doesn't work on MAC OS X Yosemite (the OS X Version which I am using).

    Can I have suggestions for apps which provide good hardware monitoring?

    I also found this App: http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/ , is it any good?

    other suggestions are welcome :)

    I am new to Apple Computers and would really appreciate the help, as I always received on these forums.
     
  2. SarcasticJoe macrumors 6502a

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    While that program may not work anymore, there is smcFanControl which does the same job and works just fine. Been using it since about 2009 to raise the default fan speed from 2000 to 2500 RPM and it still works fine on 10.10 (a.k.a Yosemite). However it's less of a hardware monitor program and more a tool to slightly modify the behaviour of the fans.

    As for iStat Menus, that is a pretty good hardware monitor that will allow you to display lots of accurate and detailed hardware information (temperatures, load, fan RPM numbers, disc activity, memory usage, etc.) in the title bar. I've used it myself for a year, but I am somewhat annoyed about how every major version forces you to pay for an update and often these major updates are required for the thing to work on new versions of OSX.
     

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