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smcFanControl controls the fans of every Intel Mac to make it run cooler.

smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl doesn't let you set a minimum speed to a value below Apple's defaults.

What's New

Version 2.4:
  • Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Gatekeeper
  • Support for Retina Macbook Pro
  • smcFanControl is now a 64 Bit application
  • AutoStart works now without AppleScript
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.4 is deprecated
  • The source code for smcFanControl is now available at Github

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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BigJohnson Member IconReview+171
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IMO this has a major flaw in that it keeps the fans running ALL THE TIME whether needed or not. If the fans aren't needed there's absolutely no reason for them to be spinning.

This would also be MUCH more useful it would speed up automatically as needed. I downloaded Temperature Gauge Pro because it speeds up automatically, but it has a horrible bug that the dev's are working to fix. Therefore I've stopped using TGP and am running smc again.

Unfortunately, smc only monitors ONE sensor and doesn't say which one it is, while TGP monitors ALL my sensors (I had no idea there were so many!) including ones in external drives.

I generally like the app and it's easy to quickly increase the speed when necessary, but I want my fans to shut completely off if they aren't needed. The minimum speed is 2000 RPM and that's just gonna wear out the fans faster. I've already had to replace both fans and the fan controller in one of my MacBook Pros and it was rather expensive, luckily it was covered by AppleCare. The one I'm using now is not covered by AppleCare and I'd rather not have to pay that expense myself.

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Version 2.4
BigJohnson
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In the screenshot and video it shows 3 separate sensors that can be controlled. I'm running v2.4 and my prefs show NO sensors, only 2 sliders for the fans.

Temperature Gauge Pro shows me 14 internal temp. sensors!

Freezer
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Considering this app was last updated August 21st, 2012, I wouldn't trust it on any computer made since then or running an OS released since then. It modifies your System Management Controller, and can cause some pretty severe problems on newer macs.

I use Macs Fan Control. It's free, It works, and the devs are very responsive.

Also: Fans are required in all newer macs. i3,15, and i7 chips require active cooling or a MUCH bigger heatsink. you might be able to get away with passive cooling in a tower with convection cooling, but in any AIO or laptop, there simply isn't enough passive thermal cooling to shut the fans down completely. Most small computer fans have an "optimal" low speed near 2k RPM. if you drop much lower, they can stall out.

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DL8112
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Very nice! I have an Early 2009 Mac Mini with 5 gigs of ram and ever since the Maverick OS it's been running a lot warmer. This brought it back down to around 150dF raising the minimum fan speed by 500 rpm. Really happy with this result!

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Version 2.4
AustinC8410 Member IconReview+0
AustinC8410
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I'm currently running smc FanControl on my Mac Book Pro retina and the program was working on both fans. being stupid i downloaded HDD fan control thinking i had another fan but in doing so it now wont make my RPMs go higher on my right fan. i deleted all of the apps and folders for HDD fan control but smcFancontrol still wont work on my right fan but will control my left! i tried restarting my computer and shutting it down and hitting the power button to start up and nothing works Please help!

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Version 2.4
AustinC8410
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i needed something to be able to cool down my mac while doing audio editing so i downloaded macs fan control off of this site as a temporary thing. i would still like to and prefer to use smcFanControl because i like its different things u can set. please help to fix this

Springheelmac
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Sounds like you need to reset your SMC. This can happen with multiple fan programs all assessing it. Here are the steps: shut down your Mac. Plug it in if it was on battery. Press the LEFT side shift, control and options keys and then the power button at the same time. Hold for a second, then release them all at the same time. Your mac should then restart, if not press power. This SHOULD reset your SMC settings and your fans should be back to normal. After that just use one or the other and do these steps if you change fan programs. I would un-install the one you aren't going to use as well. If it doesn't work google "reset MacBook SMC" in case I missed something, but I think that covers it. Hope this helps.

Mark3785 Member IconReview+8
Mark3785
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Ok program, but it tends to lose control of the fans every so often. I tried contacting the developer, but with no success. I'm now beginning to think that this is orphanware since no questions have been answered on the program's website in over a year. If it turns out that it is still supported I'll up my overall rating, but until then I can't give better than one star.

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Version 2.4
VRevs Member IconReview+0
VRevs
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A very simple apps to keep the Macbook Pro cold.

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Version 2.4
sambear1965 Member IconReview+1
sambear1965
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MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
Great simple control of exhaust and view of temp

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Version 2.4
Macfleckno Member IconReview+3
Macfleckno
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Couldn't get it to open.

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Version 2.4
Macfleckno
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I take it back: it opened in the Menu Bar without my noticing. Seems to work well

Colossus9 Member IconReview+48
Colossus9
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Fantastic app. It has been stable for me under Lion. The big perk of this app is a user may create a name for their settings. I have created several settings; one for when I'm ripping with Handbrake (HB), and two I have all the fans set at maximum settings. I run this setting for about 10 minutes. This high setting will help blow the dust out of the Mac. The "HB" setting helps cool the processors.

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Version 2.4
Petersphilo Member IconReview+22
Petersphilo
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This is a great little menu bar app..
Perfect if you just want to set your fan speed yourself, and you don't want to deal with temperature curves and all the rest that more complicated apps offer.
This is simple: if i want to play a game, or do an After Effects render, i just set my fans on their maximum speed for the duration, then bring them back down to a rotation speed that suits me when i'm done...
This is the perfect companion to a MacBook Pro

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Version 2.4
Colossus9
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You and I are on the same page on how to use this app. I run it only during high processing sessions. I.E. Handbrake, gaming, and AE.

Petersphilo
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I forgot to mention: you can't beat the price!!!

MR.MacGuy3132 Member IconReview+1
MR.MacGuy3132
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this shit fucked up my mac,the fan is instantly on, i suggest: do NOT download!

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Version 2.4
Aristocat
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You should not use shit when your mac is fucking. I suggest an education.

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Downloads 2,214,671
Version Downloads 1,267,541
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 21 Aug 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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