As TR's resident fan-control nerd, I've spent far too much time critiquing how motherboards go about adjusting fan speeds in response to system temperatures. Some boards offer plenty of fan control options in their firmware, while others use software found on the accompanying driver CD. Sometimes, and especially with older boards, neither of those options provides a sufficient level of fan control. What's a noise-obsessed enthusiast to do?
Install SpeedFan. The free application has all kinds of neat monitoring and fan control functionality, although it can be a little cumbersome to configure. Fortunately, Silent PC Review has put together a SpeedFan setup guide to help get you started. The guide walks through the configuration process and details the various options available for intelligent fan speed control.
Most new motherboards do a passable job of regulating fan speeds, but few offer the level of control provided by SpeedFan. A recent version added advanced fan options, including adjustable response curves with user-defined hysteresis. Motherboard makers would do well to take notes, and it would be nice if they worked closely with SpeedFan's developer to ensure the app correctly detects temperature sensors and fan controllers on new models.
|1. BIF - $340||2. chasp_0 - $251||3. mbutrovich - $250|
|4. Ryu Connor - $250||5. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||6. aeassa - $175|
|7. dashbarron - $150||8. Lucky Jack Aubrey - $100||9. Captain Ned - $100|
|10. Anonymous Gerbil - $100|
|We take a seat on Turris' VR Chair||17|
|Deals of the week: Asus' MG278Q display for $400 and more||6|
|Phanteks wraps its Enthoo Evolv ATX case in sheets of glass||10|
|AOC Agon AG271QX is the first in a new line of gaming displays||18|
|HP's Chromebook 13 is dressed for success at $499||21|
|Apple and Samsung lead tablet shipments in a struggling market||26|
|MSI debuts entry-level and enthusiast C232 motherboards||12|
|Z410 SSDs bring a 480GB tier to SanDisk's entry-level drives||11|
|Galaxy S7 phones help Samsung deliver a strong first quarter||8|
|It's about time!||+39|