Suggestions for a laptop fan control program/app


ArthurDent

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Hi folks,

Looking for some software (program or app) to monitor and control my laptop's single fan.

I've tried Fan Control and FanCtrl and I've used SpeedFan in the past. There's also CPUID HWMonitor (does that do fan control?)
Argus Monitor looks good but is €12.95 (€1.08/mth) for a 1 year license.

Any suggestions for freeware/shareware?

Thanks,

Art
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
Can Windows itself control the rotation of the fans ?
When you use the laptop for light tasks (like websurfing) you should not hear the fans.
Under load (e.g. gaming) you should hear noise from the fans.
Yes, you can see the temperature in HWINFO64/HWMonitor.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI MS-7D98
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13490F
    Motherboard
    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 WINDFORCE OC 12G (GV-N4070WF3OC-12GD)
    Sound Card
    Bluetooth Аудио
    Monitor(s) Displays
    INNOCN 15K1F
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
    Case
    CG560 - DeepCool
    Cooling
    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Other Info
    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
Can Windows itself control the rotation of the fans ?
When you use the laptop for light tasks (like websurfing) you should not hear the fans.
Under load (e.g. gaming) you should hear noise from the fans.
Yes, you can see the temperature in HWINFO64/HWMonitor.
Yes, laptop is whisper quiet when just surfing. Don't know if Windows/BIOS can control the fans - something to investigate.

Can HWINFO64/HWMonitor control the fan(s)?

Art
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Microsoft Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI MS-7D98
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-13490F
    Motherboard
    MSI B760 GAMING PLUS WIFI
    Memory
    2 x 16 Patriot Memory (PDP Systems) PSD516G560081
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4070 WINDFORCE OC 12G (GV-N4070WF3OC-12GD)
    Sound Card
    Bluetooth Аудио
    Monitor(s) Displays
    INNOCN 15K1F
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD_BLACK SN770 250GB
    KINGSTON SNV2S1000G (ELFK0S.6)
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower GF3 1000W
    Case
    CG560 - DeepCool
    Cooling
    ID-COOLING SE-224-XTS / 2 x 140Mm Fan - rear and top; 3 x 120Mm - front
    Keyboard
    Corsair K70 RGB TKL
    Mouse
    Corsair KATAR PRO XT
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
    Other Info
    https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/66553205
You don’t mention you’re laptop in your specs, it just says “Lenovo” probably a good idea to update that.

I just guessing that it is possibly a ThinkPad T495? Or T495-S?
From what I can tell it came with fan control options but if you have removed the bloatware or reinstalled an OS that wasn’t from Lenovo you lost it. Again I don’t know because your Specs just say Lenovo.
Many Thinkpad owners from what I can tell use TPFanCtrl

TPFanCtrl2


Latest release

 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
You don’t mention you’re laptop in your specs, it just says “Lenovo” probably a good idea to update that.

I just guessing that it is possibly a ThinkPad T495? Or T495-S?
From what I can tell it came with fan control options but if you have removed the bloatware or reinstalled an OS that wasn’t from Lenovo you lost it. Again I don’t know because your Specs just say Lenovo.
Many Thinkpad owners from what I can tell use TPFanCtrl

TPFanCtrl2


Latest release

My bad, sorry

ThinkPad T495s

My Computer Specs altered accordingly.

Thanks for the links, I'll check them out. I've looked in the 495's user manual and there is no mention of fan control. A search of my pc doesn't turn up any Lenovo settings program/app either.

Art
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
I've looked in the 495's user manual and there is no mention of fan control. A search of my pc doesn't turn up any Lenovo settings program/app either.

Art
Hi Art. Possibly they removed the function? I also had problems looking a 2nd time. Maybe too many people were frying their Laptops due to under valuing the fan speed ha! Silly humans.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
If you’re occasionally hearing high revs from your laptop, it’s most likely needing there to be due to high loads, like abactuon mentioned. My Lenovo Yoga does it occasionally. Can sounds scary sometimes. I also read that some of those Thinkpads can have a bit of a whiney sound to the fans but I don’t think that was the S model, not sure.

Is there a particular reason you want or need to control the fans, Art?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Have you checked the BIOS for any type of fan settings?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55-2
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel Core i7-1185G7 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Panasonic
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 980 PRO 1TB
Have you checked the BIOS for any type of fan settings?
If you’re occasionally hearing high revs from your laptop, it’s most likely needing there to be due to high loads, like abactuon mentioned. My Lenovo Yoga does it occasionally. Can sounds scary sometimes. I also read that some of those Thinkpads can have a bit of a whiney sound to the fans but I don’t think that was the S model, not sure.

Is there a particular reason you want or need to control the fans, Art?
@Toughbook, no, not yet.

@antspants Just curious. I like to know what any pc is doing "under the hood" as it were.

So far, according to HWInfo: CPU 73/74°C, GPU 69°C, SDD 35°C.

The CPU and GPU are 'toastier' than I'd like.

Downloaded and tried to install TP4xFan Control 0_21 but it says that some component is missing - Winlo.sys - yet this file appear in the 'release' folder along with the application. *shrugs*

Art
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
Bump!

Downloaded and tried to install TP4xFan Control 0_21 but it says that some component is missing - Winlo.sys - yet this file appears in the 'release' folder along with the application. *shrugs*. Any ideas?

What do I need to d/load in order to install TP4xFan Control?

Any help, gratefully received.

Art
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build 22631
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad T495s
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7Pro 3700U
    Memory
    16Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radion Vega 10 Mobile 2Gb
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    SK Hynix 2280 m.2 SSD, 512Gb or Crucial T500 m.2 SSD, 1Tb
    Internet Speed
    380 Mbps Fibre
I think its managed automatically in Windows.

I've installed a battery utility but then I'm managing a laptop and its useful to know how much battery life would be left when I'm not plugged in.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
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