You can control your computer’s fans through voltage limiters and BIOS tweaks, but the easiest and most intuitive way is to use a utility designed to control all of your fans at once. Fan Control is a great tool for doing exactly what its name suggests, giving you complete control over your system fans, including the CPU and GPU fans, as well as any water-cooling pumps you may have plugged into the fan connectors.
Fan control is a comprehensive system cooling management solution, and while it is a bit complex and assumes a certain level of experience, it is still relatively easy to learn with a little help. That’s where we come in: Here’s how to use Fan Control to manage all of your system’s fans.
NB: This particular software is available on Github and is developed by an independent developer. We used it for 2 weeks on a Windows 10 desktop computer and had no issues with it. Having said that, we are not responsible for any possible damage it may cause to your system. Please download and use this software at your own risk.
Fan Control is freely available from its release repository on Github. According to the developers, the drivers and the back of the tool were not created from scratch. Instead, they were able to repurpose a set of existing hardware libraries and add a user interface on top. Thus, any hardware compatibility issue is completely dependent on LibreHardwareMonitor And the NvAPI cover.
Step 1: Download Fan Control from file Official GitHub release repository. Unzip the package and store all files in a folder. To run the tool, open the FanControl.exe file.
Step 2: The main screen of the program is divided into two parts: controls and speeds. Each card under the Controls section corresponds to a card in the Speed section. For example, the first card, Fan Control #1, should be Fan Control #1. If you connect cpu cooler or a liquid coolant To the CPU fan header, it should be fan #1 by default. The rest should be additional case fans as well as a dedicated GPU fan card.
Step 3: Test each fan to make sure it is performing the correct procedure by sensing the change in fan noise and airflow. This can be done by manually controlling fan speeds. select file three points List on each fan control card, enable manual control option, then click the toggle to enable the slider. Use the slider to increase or decrease the fan or pump speed, which will be indicated on the corresponding fan speed card below.
The fourth step: Once you have verified all the fans, rename them to make them easier to identify. Click on the title of each card and assign the names accordingly. You may also see some additional cards under the Controls section, which are basically the headers on the motherboard that are not being used. You can hide these by selecting the option from file three points The menu is in the upper-right corner of each card.
Fifth step: Remember that running computer fans at full speed may seem like a good option to maximize cooling capabilities, but there are some drawbacks. Increasing the fan speed will cause noise, and affect the life cycle of the fans in general. Plus, if you have any intake fans, you also bring in more dust, and we know how bad it can be to any electronic component.
Sixth step: Aside from manually controlling fan speeds, you can also create your own fan curves. Fan curves are graphs that show how fast the fan spins when the computer reaches a certain temperature, making it easy to customize cooling based on temperatures and noise levels.
To add a fan curve select Plus The button in the lower right reveals a range of fan curves and temperature sensor options. The fan curve graph The easiest option where you can simply set the percentage of total fan speed that a particular fan should run at a certain temperature.
Seventh step: Once you select the graph fan, a card should appear under the new Curves section. To compose the curve, we first need to identify the source. select file temperature source Option to reveal a list with a variety of sensors built into the motherboard and other connected parts. Given that the CPU and GPU are usually the hottest components in your computer, it’s best to optimize the airflow and create fan curves based on either of the two. Learn more about Monitor your CPU temperatures here.
Step 8: To simply create a CPU fan curve, select cpu package denote under temperature source Drop-down menu. The graph can be configured by selecting release button. A new popup should appear where you can manipulate by adding points on the chart or just entering parameters at the bottom. Set a certain percentage of the fan speed corresponding to the temperature. Once you are satisfied with your fan curve, select yes to save it. Similarly, you can create a GPU fan curve by specifying your GPU as the temperature source.
Step 9: After creating the fan curves, you can now map them to the fans in your system. Disable manual control, and the option to select a curve will appear. Set the correct fan curve for all fans. The fan(s) in the CPU cooler or cooler and the water cooling pump must be mapped to the CPU fan curve to behave according to changes in CPU temperatures. If you have additional fans that draw fresh air or expel hot air away from the GPU, it is best to customize the GPU fan curve to it. By doing this, the fan(s) can automatically ramp up when the GPU is under heavy load, especially during gaming.
Step 10: The last step is to save all the configurations you made. open the three points menu at the top right of the program and select save configuration. The program will create a configuration file with all your settings that can be easily imported or exported. This is an important step if you don’t want to lose your settings.
Step 11: There are also some UI options that you can play with by selecting a file hamburger Icon at the top left of the program. It includes color and theme settings, enabling column mode, running the program automatically with Windows, and more.
Now that you have all your fans set up, why not try custom liquid cooling? It’s not as difficult as you might think.