Most of us have Mac notebooks, and while they’re cool and all, and hot looking, it’s the heat we want to avoid. There’s cause for concern whenever a Mac’s fan goes on full blast. Here’s how to monitor your Mac’s temperature and receive alerts.
Heat Is Not Cool
Any Mac user with a Mac that has an overactive fan can benefit from what you get in Temperature Gauge Pro, the utility which controls fan speeds, and monitors temperatures and sensors.
Apple stuffed a number of sensors inside the Mac notebook line to make sure that Adobe’s Flash didn’t melt what’s inside.
The problem is the Mac doesn’t tell us much whenever it gets a heat flash. The fan comes on and sometimes it’s loud.
Otherwise, we don’t really know much beyond the fact the Mac is trying to cool itself down. We can always open up the Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor app to see if there’s a wayward app that’s putting the heat on the Mac.
But Temperature Gauge Pro is a better solution. Why? Constant monitoring of fans and sensors. And notifications.
Open TGP and see both the current and maximum recorded temperatures for each of the sensors which reside in your Mac. The speed of each fan can be viewed and controlled. Set a temperature for Auto Boost and get the fan to run fast and loud at a predefined temperature.
TGP’s built-in diagnostic lets you know which sensor or fan is faulty, but the app also logs all temperatures and fan speeds. And, the app doesn’t care whether your Mac is a desktop or a notebook. If it has a sensor and a fan, you’re good to go.
Configurations are extensive and give you options for Menubar access, notifications by sensor or CPU temperature, and on some Macs, even hard disk drive temperatures.
So, if your Mac is acting wonky and the fan comes on from time to time and you’re not running Adobe Flash, Temperature Gauge Pro might be your new Mac friend.