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System monitoring apps and widgets are nothing new on Mac. Peer inside the App Store and you’ll find handfuls of them, and look beyond the App Store to find dozens more. The problem is, most of them are outdated or pricey.

And most of them don’t include CPU temperature or fan speed data, both of which are important for diagnosing excessive heat in your computer How Heat Affects Your Computer, And Should You Be Worried? How Heat Affects Your Computer, And Should You Be Worried? From time to time, we all get concerned about our computer's temperature. But should we be worried? Read More .

I don’t like to spend money when I don’t have to, so color me surprised (and satisfied) when I found Fanny, a free Notification Center widget that’s both minimalist yet informative. As far as I’m concerned, this is a must-have Mac app The Best Mac Apps The Best Mac Apps From email clients to system utilities, time savers to productivity boons; on this page you'll find the best Mac software used by MakeUseOf staff and readers alike. Read More .

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Long story short, you install the app (using any of the normal installation methods How to Install & Remove Mac Software: 5 Easy Methods How to Install & Remove Mac Software: 5 Easy Methods Switched to a Mac and getting to grips with the basics? Wondering how to install software from the command line? Got old Windows apps that you simply must run on your Apple computer? Read More ) and then add the widget to your Notification Center. It also appears in the menu bar, which you can click for more info. It shows your current CPU temperature and the speeds of every fan in your system.

And best of all, it’s 100% free.

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It’s really as simple as that. The next time your fans go on blast, check your CPU temperature. If it crosses the 60C threshold, you may want to look more into it. High CPU temperatures are not good over the long term.

How do you like Fanny? Know of any other neat apps and widgets for monitoring Mac systems? Let us know in the comments below!

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