by Niels Ulrik Reinwald

A hardware monitor for Windows that can access digital temperature sensors

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Niels Ulrik Reinwald

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Last revision: Last week

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The Fan CPU is a desktop gadget that displays basic information about the CPU as well as the CPU cooler. Such gadgets were very popular at the time of the widespread adoption of Windows Vista and Windows 7. In later versions of its operating system, Microsoft declined to support them. However, this support can be added by third party programs. Personally, we recommend using 8GadgetPack. Once installed, you will be able to add new gadgets to your desktop by double-clicking on the ".gadget" files.

So, with the installation of the Fan CPU on Windows 8 and 10 we've figured it out, now we'll move on to the information this gadget offers. It allows you to know the load on each of the cores, their current temperature, as well as the speed of rotation of the cooler. Unfortunately, it is not possible to adjust the speed of rotation depending on the temperature of the cores, for this please contact specialized programs such as SpeedFan or the BIOS control panel.

In the Fan CPU settings, you can enable or disable the display of data for specific cores. There are also a couple of gadget appearance settings: adding shadows and choosing the degree of transparency. The developer warns that both available customization parameters can increase the load on the processor and thereby slow down the computer. This statement is true only for very old computers, on modern machines the performance drop will be insignificant. Generally speaking, the Fan CPU itself looks a little archaic, and on screens with high DPI may suffer from a strong "pixelization".

- Display of information about the load on each processor core;

- the temperature and speed of the cooler;

- the basic parameters for customizing the appearance, such as adding shadows and adjusting the degree of transparency;

- built-in compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows 7;

- Select the information displayed in the settings menu.

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