Our home is home to nearly half a dozen Macs, including a few aging iMacs being readied for hand-me-down status, a PowerPC Mac mini which has been running daily since about 2006, and the Macs I use on a daily basis for work. It’s the latter which are kept in pristine up-to-date status. One way I act as Doctor Ron is to check each Mac periodically with any one of a half dozen utilities. Here’s a look at one you might like.
It’s called CheckMyMac, and as the name suggests, that’s what it does. Check your Mac. For free. CheckMyMac goes beyond the standard utilities which monitor CPU usage, RAM, and network connection speeds. This app delves into deeper territory with a long list of system checks, including hardware components you probably didn’t know exist.
Does the CheckMyMac dashboard look handy and informative?
Install and run CheckMyMac on your Mac and it automatically checks a long list of valuable system components, including most of the installed hardware.
- CPU cores usage.
- RAM consumption.
- VRAM usage.
- GPU usage.
- Fans RPM
That’s right. Even the graphics card and fans are monitored. Built in to CheckMyMac are options to controls the Mac’s fans, clean RAM (especially useful on older Macs with less RAM installed), and much more, including monitor temperatures for the following list of internal sensors.
- Wi-Fi card
- Heatsink throttle
There’s much to like here, especially considering the nominal price tag.
One click is all that’s required to reclaim unused RAM, and though you can adjust fan settings there’s a single click to reset the fans back to factory defaults.
One more thing. CheckMyMac is not really free as in ‘free beer.’ It’s really donationware, so if you like using it, consider a donation of value to the developer who made it happen.