Feature request: Controllable fans / fancurves

Really? maybe you could provide a qualified link to show how those few you mention do

What is the “Your own software is basic.” ? I have no software other than the OS and BIOS provided appart from applications.

Example: control center xmg


Asus:Armoury crate


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Looks like an off link, so didn’t use it and what’s that have to do with asus etc.

Think I’ll leave this conversation.


I’m not really sure what you are saying, but Alienware, MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, and Acer all have software that lets you control the fan speed of the laptop. Alienware has a turbo boost mode that sets the power limits to max, and MSI has full wattage control as does Asus.

Having a high-performance laptop where the power limits can’t really be controlled and neither can the fan speeds is pretty ridiculous. Now it is mitigated a little bit by the sense of you being able to set your power profile in Windows. That does cap the TDP of the system a bit but it doesn’t do really anything on the CPU side because of the figures chosen.

The lack of the ability to control anything with the fans though is to me a very big problem and I had this issue when I had the laptop in my room for the one day I decided to try to use the laptop and the fans would ramp up and down randomly and the CPU hit 100 Celsius multiple times for no reason. My Alienware laptop that has been there for the last years stays controlled perfectly.


IMO theses features are more or less “eye candies” they cap part of the performance on “normal” mode and allow full performance on “boost” mode since these software can’t change the physical limitations of the processor

No they are not eye candy. The last thing that you want is a gaming / high performance laptop that runs at full tilt all the time. This will result in poor thermals and high fans most of the time. Which is something that I experienced with my Framework 16 on the CPU side. With the CPU hitting 100C multiple times for no reason.
With my custom fan curve on my Alienware (which I am writing this message from) I can keep the CPU temp under 90C at all times basically. When I want to play a game that is heavy; I will press the button for turbo mode which sends the fans to 100% and sets the power to the top limit for the GPU especaially.
Otherwise the system runs at a lower wattage by a bit. The turbo mode specifically gives the GPU an extra 15W of turbo boost power and can give 10W on the CPU (depending on how you have it configured) however the fans will spin at max speed at all times.
This mode is really useful, as is the fan curve optimizer.

I had an MSI laptop as well and it has even more customization for the CPU and GPU wattage for different settings as well as fan sliders. This lets me tune the laptop based on how I am going to use it.
My AW laptop here runs 24/7 in my bedroom on my desk here for quick work and managing my companies as well as doing trading. I use it for gaming here and there but mostly I use it for the fact that it has 64GB of ram and can handle 100+ browser tabs + other background tasks without screaming all the time.


This function is already present on nearly all laptops, gaming or not, and Linux kernel fully support this via Intel/AMD pstate driver and energy performance preference(EPP). Thus the computer doesn’t run ful tilt on light tasks such as document editing or web browsing. Think that like the automatic transmission on your vehicle, the gearbox will downshift if you apply full throttle regardless of whether it’s in “eco” or “sport” mode. The different of performance modes are mostly at medium load where a more aggressive setting boosts higher clock speed at a given load.

These features are relatively more useful as it caps the performance (still within the hardware limits). Then again we have TLP/power-profiles-daemon and fw-fanctrl on Linux

I think you are mistaking what I mean by full tilt. Like I am very well aware, being a software engineer myself, that computers do downclock. But I can tell you that just having my same number of web browsing tabs open as my Alienware has this laptop reaching 100 Celsius over and over again, randomly.

As I sit down and use the laptop, the CPU ramps to full power over and over again. Every time I am loading heavy web pages, for example, and this causes spikes in temperatures which I personally do not like. Unfortunately, the laptop also does not support Ryzen controller.

It’s good to hear that there is fan control on Linux because I planned to install Linux as well as Windows. However, since I developed software for Windows, I would definitely need Windows to work properly.

To me, I am willing to work, especially with other people, to build a software that would be able to manage the fan and maybe even the power of the laptop because I really like the build quality and the keyboard and such. But at this point in time, framework decided to give me an RMA.

Since I did not want to use the 180 watt power adapter and instead was interested in using a lower power adapter (140W but way more portable), but the laptop does not work properly unless there is a 180 watt adapter. So I have sent framework of proposal and I wait to hear back.

Edit: Framework denied my proposal. They are not interested in me working on fixing the firmware. I asked them to send me a charger and a non-GPU backplate so that I could fix it in all scenarios (especially since the charger is sold out for 1MO+ on the store already). They refuse to send me anything and say they are not willing to accomodate me. They have stood by their path for a refund. Therefore the laptop is being RMA’d and I don’t think I will be back here again.

I guess I placed too much hope in an American based company to truly care about their product and future.