Overview - Fan Control, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and more

Fan Control

One of the many features of Argus Monitor is the fan control of system and CPU fans connected to the mainboard of your PC. Argus Monitor is a possible alternative to SpeedFan. Prerequisites for using the fan speed control of Argus Monitor is a supported SuperIO monitoring chip.

The program can control most commercially available monitoring chips from Nuvoton, ITE, Winbond, Fintek and SMSC, which are installed on the most widely used motherboards from Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte and MSI. In addition, fans on Lenovo Thinkpad and Dell notebooks can be controled.

The speed of the fans can either be set manually to a fixed value or controlled with a characteristic curve depending on all available temperature sources.

All available temparature sources can be used as input for the fan controller, namely CPU temperature, GPU temperature, hard drive/SSD temperatures or temperature readings of all temperature sensors on the mainboard. For CPU and GPU temperatures also the average temperature over a (configurable) time span is available. As an advanced feature a combination of up to four of the above mentioned temperature values can be selected (more precisely the maximum control value of up to 4 independent controllers)

Argus Monitor - Einstellmöglichkeiten für Lüfterregelung

Argus Monitor - control options for system fan control

 

Similar to the fan control of system and CPU fans, a fan control of the graphics card fans is also available.

 

Argus Monitor - fan speed control for GPU fans

Argus Monitor - probably one of the best mainboard fan control tools out there.

 

SMART monitoring of hard disk drives and SSDs

Since the first release of Argus Monitor in 2009 the program offers functionality to monitor the health status of HDDs and since there avaiability in the mass market also of those of SSDs.

Many if not all computer users experience data loss due to hard drive failure at one point in time. If you're lucky, you will notice error messages while accessing your files and will be able to save some of your data to another drive before the failing one stops working completely.

Unfortunately, as soon as you will be unable to access SOME of your files due to mechanical failure of your hard drive you have only very little time to react and save the most precious data you have not backed up to another physical medium before.

Fortunately, almost all modern hard drives support a technology called S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). Studies have shown, that up to 70 percent of all hard disk failures can be predicted in time so that the user has time to save all imporant data before the disc fails completely. The most extensive of these studies was done by Google by monitoring 100.000 hard disk drives of all major manufacturers over a period of nine months.

Because the Windows operating systems (up to and including Windows® 7) do not inform the user of the S.M.A.R.T. status of the systems disks, additional software is required if you want to profit from the failure predicting capabilities of your drives.

Argus Monitor runs as a background task and constantly monitors the health status of your hard disks. You will be informed in case one of the critical S.M.A.R.T. values changes. If one of the attributes reaches a vendor specified threshold, you will also get a warning that the hard drive is likely to fail within the next 24 hours of operation. Argus Monitor also stores the S.M.A.R.T. status of every drive (even the ones attached only from time to time - e.g. via S-ATA) and will therefore be able to warn you of decreased drive health even if the hard drive was attached to another PC when the value decreased.