How can my Mini-PC stay healthy? Part 2: SmartFan


DatumWednesday, 10. July 2019 KategorieKnow How

Since our new blog series is all about the health of your Mini-PC, we want to show you what you can do to help your PC regarding this topic. We already confronted the right airing/ventilation and today it’s about something that goes along with this: the SmartFan settings for an active cooling system.

SmartFan for Mini-PCs with fan

If you choose a Mini-PC with active cooling, meaning a system with fan, there are some different methods to increase the longevity of the PC. Let’s take a closer look at the BIOS.

What is SmartFan?

An active cooling cools down a Mini-PC by using ventilators. Due to the SmartFan technology the rotational speed of the ventilators is adjusted to the needs. These depend on, among other things, the work load of the PC. As the name SmartFan suggests, the adjustments happen automatically. The different values, for instance the current CPU or system temperature, can be viewed in the BIOS below the point "PChealth" (see ill. 1).

Manual settings of SmartFan values

Now it can be that an active cooled Mini-PC is used in an office and is too loud because of a high rotational speed. In such cases the "CPU Fan Smart Mode" in the BIOS can be switched to "Manual Mode" (see ill. 2). This allows to manually set the previously automatically adjusted values. What it looks like when the "Fan Start Temperature", thus the temperature where the fan starts to rotate, is manually adjusted is shown in illustration 3.

Actively cooled spo-comm Mini-PCs

Smart Fan

Smart Fan

Ill. 1: PChealth in the BIOS

Ill. 1: PChealth in the BIOS

Ill. 2: CPU Fan Start Mode at Manual Mode

Ill. 2: CPU Fan Start Mode at Manual Mode

Ill. 3: Setting of the Fan Start Temperature

Ill. 3: Setting of the Fan Start Temperature

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