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How to Use SpeedFan?

If you want to make your computer run smoother keeping it cool is very important! So, when it comes to keeping your PC cool, it’s good to know how to use SpeedFan!

What Is SpeedFan?

SpeedFan is a program that monitors the hardware on your Windows computer and changes the speed of your computer’s fan, based on component temperatures. 

It’s great for reducing noise, read temperatures, different voltages, and fan speeds. It can also function as a very accurate monitor for what is currently running on your computer via charts.

How to Use SpeedFan: Step By Step

The layout of the SpeedFan app can be a little intimidating. But don’t worry! Learning how to use SpeedFan is easy if you follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Check the Motherboard

SpeedFan is only compatible with a few computer models. Therefore, you will need to check to see if your system’s fan is compatible before you download the program. All in all, if your system can use SpeedFan, then you’re all set!

However, if your motherboard isn’t compatible, you can still use this program. It will be a troubleshooting tool, as well as a detailed monitoring program.

Step 2: Turning Off Your Fan Controls

Once you have established that your motherboard supports SpeedFan, you will need to turn off your system’s fan controls. Find the BIOS settings for your computer and turn off automatic fan settings. This will ensure there aren’t issues with SpeedFan, as well as keeping two different setting from fighting over your computer’s fan!

CPU Fan

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Step 3: Installing and Launch

Install your SpeedFan program according to the instructions on the website. As well as in the packaging if you purchased the program in disc form.

Once it is successfully installed, it’s time to launch the SpeedFan program! However, please note it may take a few minutes to get your entire system scanned and assessed.

Step 4: Reading the Temperatures and Graphs

When the program is launched, you will be presented with a series of temperatures and information. These include the following:

  • Hard drive temperatures
  • CPU temp
  • GPU
  • Core Temperatures
  • GPU fan RPM

This information, as well as this initial pop-up, will be your base for learning how to use SpeedFan.

Step 5: Configuring the Fans

With the open window, select “Configure” on the right side of the program. It will be directly under the “Minimize” button. First, you’ll want to select the “Options” tab, as well as make certain that “Set fans to 100% on program exit” is set.

Next, choose “Delta Value for Fan Speeds” at 99. All in all, this configures your fans so that they won’t run on the previous automatic settings.

Step 6: Manually Changing Fan Speeds

Find the “Advanced” tab between “Log” and “Events” in the selected “Configure” options. You will then be able to select “PWM” mode to manually control your fan settings.

All in all, you can change the speed percentages by using the up and down arrows. However, you can also enter specific numbers into the menu if you prefer.

If you choose a percentage that is lower than 30%, there is a chance that the RPM of the fans will not process correctly.

Step 7: Automatic Fan Control Options

Select the “Speeds” tab in the “Configure” menu. It can be found between the “Voltage” tab and the “Fan Control” tab. You can enter the minimum and maximum values for your computer’s fans here.

All in all, if you want SpeedFan to adjust the fan speeds for you, make certain that the “Automatically Variated” box is selected.

Step 8: Temperature Controls

Select the “Temperatures” tab, it is the first tab on the left. Here you can see all of the individual components being monitored by the program, much like you can see all of the active drivers on your Driver Updater Software

Here you can also set limitations for each component, as well as when you want SpeedFan to give you temperature warnings.

Step 9: Experimentation

Finding just the right temperatures for your fans can be easily done through a bit of experimentation. All things considered, you may not get it all right the first try! This means you should go in and change the temperature settings if the fans are too loud. Not to mention if your computer isn’t cooling down fast enough for you!

If you want to be in the know, then choose the option “Show in Tray” so you can always monitor the different components on your PC. Not to mention you can add a shortcut for SpeedFan in the Start Up folder so it opens when you turn your computer on!

After a while, you’ll be able to read the given temps with little effort! Not to mention be able to change and monitor your computer temperatures easily.

SpeedFan Is Easy!

Knowing how to use SpeedFan is as easy as following these initial steps! Once you get your preferred temperatures set, as well as select your automatic settings through this program, you’ll be a SpeedFan pro in no time.

Take the time to experiment with the fan speeds so your computer is running at optimal levels. Save yourself the trouble of a hot computer, as well as monitor your computer components with this helpful program!

About the author

Hanna Embry

As a freelance writer, I have been creating content and writing blogs for over seven years! Not only do I love writing about new and upcoming technology, but I also have experience in many other fields.
I have been a guest writer on many popular blogs, as well as ghostwritten novels. When I’m not writing, you can find me with my family, reading a book, or working on an art project!