SpeedFan is a lightweight PC utility that regulates the speed of your PC’s fan speed, allowing you to increase or decrease its speed, depending on your needs.
Given the software’s utility, it is especially useful for those of you that are bothered by their nosy fans, or laptop owners that want a little bit of extra airflow into their device, especially if they lack a cooling pad to help them out.
SpeedFan’s system requirements
Because of the nature of this tool, there aren’t really any system requirements as with other types of software, meaning that you can have pretty much any CPU or amount of RAM, just as long as your PC is fast enough to run your supported OS.
That being said, SpeedFan works under the following versions of Windows:
- Windows 9x
- Windows ME
- Windows NT
- Windows 2000
- Windows 2003
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Additionally, this utility also works well under multiple versions of Windows Server:
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2012
In both cases, SpeedFan works fine on 64 bit too, so you can run it regardless of PC architecture.
Keep your laptop cool, or make it run more silently
As mentioned above, and as you can notice from the above screenshot, SpeedFan is fairly simplistic in what it does and how you can use it, and that’s precisely why it is so great to use.
SpeedFan is a hardware monitoring software that is able to change fan speeds according to system temperatures. SpeedFan can read S.M.A.R.T. values (and temperatures) from your hard disks and change the FSB speed.
Anyone that ever tried squeezing more power out of their PCs knows about the concept of overclocking, and SpeedFan lets you take advantage of that feature as well.
The Clock tab lets you set the right fan speed based on Motherboard type, and CPU needs. It comes with an automatic mode that can be extremely helpful for anyone that isn’t all that experienced using similar features.
Constantly developed, and completely free
SpeedFan is updated quite often, and it needs top, especially considering the speed at which new motherboards and other PC components are released on the market.
This also leaves room for a lot of software tweaking, with bug fixes being released constantly.
In great contrast to this active development policy, the software is still freeware and available for anyone to download, with no ads or hidden downloads included, which is nothing more than another bonus.