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by Tom Nelson

Macs Fan Control from CrystalIdea is a utility app that allows you to monitor your Mac’s temperature and fan speed. If the app stopped there, that would be enough to make it a useful tool for many Mac enthusiasts. But its developer, CrystalIdea Software, took it several steps further, to provide not only monitoring capabilities but also the ability to control fan speed, both directly, by setting a desired RPM, and programmatically, by setting desired speeds based on measured temperature.

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Primary Reasons to Use Macs Fan Control

Macs Fan Control provides something that only Apple possessed in the past: the ability to control how a Mac’s cooling fans perform.

This is actually a big deal, and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Incorrect use of this app (or similar apps) could potentially cause damage to your Mac. Apple used advanced thermal modeling to come up with the cooling profiles used in a Mac’s fan management system; Macs Fan Control can replace the Apple-supplied fan profile with one you create, and is geared more toward intermediate to advanced Mac users than beginners. That doesn’t mean that if you’re a beginner you shouldn’t use it, only that you should use it carefully and wisely.

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