Here is another freeware we came across over the internet that I thought was quite useful and deserved a mention. It’s currently top ten in system utilities on CNET and it’s proven to be quite popular amongst advanced PC users, yes, unfortunately not for Macs.

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. (click here to find out what S.M.A.R.T. means) info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan also supports SCSI disks too.

At the lowest level, SpeedFan is an hardware monitor software that can access digital temperature sensors, but its main feature is that it can change fan speeds (depending on the capabilities of your sensor chip and your hardware) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing those unnecessary noise that fan of yours have been making!

SpeedFan can:

  • handle almost any number of South Bridges
  • handle almost any number of hardware monitor chips
  • handle almost any number of temperature readings
  • handle almost any number of voltage readings
  • handle almost any number of fan speed readings
  • handle almost any number of PWMs

Here are a few screenshots…

Speedfan Freeware Tool Energy

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Back in August, we wrote a post about Local Cooling, at the same time we also started to use Local Cooling as a way to promoting green tech and also to help reduce our pc’s unnecessary power consumption. Guess what? Just after about one and a half month, we’ve managed to save 3.132 trees, which is equivalent to 28.36 Gal of oil, etc… Just have a look at our widget! Even though, we’re not getting any money or anything for referring people to use Local Cooling, it feels just as good! So give it a try and join the fight against global warming directly from your desktop!

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LocalCooling Energy Saving Software for Your PC - Desktop Widget ScreenshotOk, so the topic of this post has very much been in everyone’s mind in the recent years, what’s more this software isn’t necessarily just for tree-huggers! Anyone can pitch-in to help reduce global warming directly from your desktop with LocalCooling. I have been waiting for something this meaningful for a long time, this new piece of “green tech” software effectively helps you reduce power usage from your Windows XP pc when its idle. What’s more is that it gives you an estimate of how many Watts your monitor, hard drive, CPU, graphic card and other hardwares are consuming.

LocalCooling Energy Saving Software for Your PC - General Options

Select from preset options or click “advanced” to customise for your own.

More after the jump…

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