What would you recommend as the best "configuration" for SMC Fan Control?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mr.stinki, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. mr.stinki macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2008
    I'm currently rocking a 15'' unibody MBP, and decided to download SMCFanControl, but I'm wondering what would be the best way to configure the application. Should I make it so the fans kick in as soon as it starts to get warm in there, or should I let it get a bit hot? Do the fans use up a lot of battery power?

    My main request here is for you guys to give me your Base Speed, Lower and Upper Threshold.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I have smc running my fans at 2600rpm even if my Mac is cool. If you Mac ever needs a higher fan speed because of heat, don't worry, smc kicks in to boost up fan speed.
  3. designgeek macrumors 65816


    Jan 30, 2009
    I have mine almost exactly the same! The "new default" that I have is 2500, sometimes I can hear it though, but usually it helps keep the idle down around 105ºF
  4. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2009
    I have 3 levels. Default:2000, Higher:4000, Highest:6200

    If I'm plugged in, it runs on Higher, is unplugged, Default.
    If I see the laptop is getting a little warm, I turn it up to Highest
  5. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    It's personal preference. There is nothing really wrong with the built-in controller, at least on my machine. (YMMV here, I've heard some scary stories of some Apple fan control schemes). Set it what you feel is a good balance between heat and noise.

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