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    Good CPU temp and fan-speed monitoring software?

    Hi All;
    I was wondering what kind of fan speed and cpu temp software you all recommend?
    ( I have been using RealTemp 3.70 for cpu temp monitoring, but it has no fan speed control aspect)
    I have read that SpeedFan 4.49 does the job pretty well.
    Any other good choices out there?
    And where is a good safe site to download from?

    Thanks for any ideas.
    rstew

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    I like speedfan and AIDA64

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    HWMonitor PRO is my personal favorite.
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    So I have been using SpeedFan, and so far so good.
    I like the fact that you can manually set the percent fan speed, or you can set it on automatic.
    I also like all the temps you can monitor including disk drives, mobo, ICH, MCH, etc. Very handy utility
    One funny thing, I thought I was downloading v4.49, but it turned out to be v4.47. No big deal I guess.

    Thanks all,
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    So I have been fooling around with the advanced fan control part of SpeedFan, and it is basically the school of hit and miss. Eventually I managed to build a processor fan control window, and another for chassis fans, which I think are working as intended.
    Does anyone know of a set of detailed instructions for SpeedFan? That would be a huge help.
    I couldn't find much on the site other than some very general information.
    I would still like to know what the two fan speed control boxes on the main screen are for?
    Are they minimums? Manual speed overrides? Or?
    And what are the 'log' check boxes for? They don't seem to do much.
    Has anyone fooled around with the speed settings?

    Thanks for any ideas,
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    So I have been fooling around with the advanced fan control part of SpeedFan, and it is basically the school of hit and miss.
    Software fan control can be notoriously unreliable. You will also need to have a motherboard that actually supports fans being controlled by software.
    (CPU & GPU fan control not withstanding, they are more in [geared toward] the enthusiast camp)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstew View Post
    Does anyone know of a set of detailed instructions for SpeedFan? That would be a huge help.
    I found the notes at http://www.gadgetbuilder.com/Computer/SpeedFanInfo.html#SmartGuardian
    helpful. SpeedFan is tricky to use because it has to cope with a massive array of hardware, most of which the author may never have played with. The fan speed control boxes (which can be hidden as required) allow you to manually set fan speed, to see what settings (in percent of max) actually do with your fans.

    If you have logging enabled (on log tab), then individual measurements will/may be logged to a tab-separated file (with extension csv) in the program installation folder. Each m'ment can be set to log or not. The rate seems to be one sample every 3 seconds (may be variable, cannot find a setting).

    There is some built-in help you may not have found, as it only comes up if you click on one of the green question-marks seen on only some pages - but F1 brings it up also.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by mngerhold; 2014-07-17 at 04:34.

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    mngerhold;
    Thanks so much for that handy link; lots of good info there.
    That helps a lot.
    Clint;
    It looks like the board I have does indeed support software fan control, as all seems to be working just fine now.
    The fans normally run at perhaps 40-50% speed and they are siltent.
    But when the cpu is busy it quickly ramps up and keeps the temps under control.

    Very handy utility all in all.
    rstew

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    Still playing around with SpeedFan and tweaking the speed control strategies.
    It is working pretty smoothly now and the irritating cycling of the fan up and down from about 80 to 100 percent is all but gone. Research continues!
    Has anyone experimented with the system clock speed adjustment window? I would like to hear any comments back, pro, con, or otherwise.
    Thanks for all the help so far.
    rstew

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    Well I now have SpeedFan running just about exactly how I want it.
    All in all it is a great utility with lots of depth for the individual user to customize to his or her liking.
    I put a post with my detailed experiences so far in the Maintenance forum, for anyone who may be interested.
    Next up for tweaking, the fsb clocking tab!

    rstew

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