Notebooks with full fan control

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by David H, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. David H

    David H Newbie

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    Please excuse me for not filling out the huge form but none of that really applies to my question.
    Because all I really care about here is fan control.
    Being able to set different percentages for different temperatures.

    The only one I'm aware of so far is Gigabyte with its Aorus Control Center.

    Clevo is unacceptable because they enforce low limits that are partly too high in my opinion. (And Obsidian Fan Control's licensing appears to be unreliable.)
    And Tongfang - well... quite limited too.

    Did I miss some other options?

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    I'll keep an updated list here for future reference - at least I assume that manufacturers don't change their ways frequently.

    Included tools with full control
    None

    Aftermarket tools
    Asus Zephyrus G14 only: atrofac
    Clevo: Obsidian Fan Control
    Dell: DellFanManagement
    General: nbfc (full control is possible but difficult to configure)

    Offer only SOME control
    Acer PredatorSense (proof)
    Apple: Macs Fan Control (proof)
    Clevo Control Center - In some cases limit lowest speed to 40%
    Gigabyte Control Center (proof) - Can't go below 30%
    MSI Dragon Center (proof)
    TongFang's InsertBrandingNameCenterU
     
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  2. alaskajoel

    alaskajoel Notebook Deity

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    There are not many options provided by manufacturers, but some machines do have decent fan control provided by the aftermarket if you are okay installing third party software like obsidian fan control. For example:

    Asus: Atrofac works exceptionally well to control fans on compatible systems. It offers a high degree of specificity in a very lightweight tool.
    https://github.com/cronosun/atrofac

    Dell: DellFanCMD can control a lot of Dell systems, but without the level of granularity offered by the Asus tool.
    https://github.com/AaronKelley/DellFanManagement/releases
     
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  3. David H

    David H Newbie

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    Oooh just what I was looking for, thanks!!
    But what do you mean about DellFanCMD lacking the level of granularity? It looks like one can define a perfectly granular curve in SpeedFan?

    (Obviously, it's preferable for companies to offer official support but... you know. Clevo actually got very close to something where I found the balance between customizability and low limits to protect themselves acceptable. Obsidian Fan Control made me realize that 20% & 30% would be perfect for average use and idle for me. But the minimum in Clevo's Control Center is 20% & 40%. To me, that's the difference between "barely audible" and "mildly annoying" in a quiet room. Plus, they keep switching back and forth between 40% and turning the GPU fan off in idle. Unnecessarily annoying in my opinion. Which made me realize more than ever that I need control. ;) )
     
  4. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Razer has manual fan control through its Synapse 3 software.
     
  5. David H

    David H Newbie

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    If this is what you mean, it's not what I'm looking for, since it's fixed speed.
    Granted, it's "full control" in a way, so I should maybe be clearer about my question in the OP. :)
     
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