If you don’t want to worry about CPU temperatures, processor load, memory usage, bandwidth and network, and all the other little geeky details the Mac spits out to those who care, read no farther.
However, is your Mac’s system matters to you then you will appreciate System Monitor, a cleverly designed Menubar utility which drags out all the system details in real time so you can see what’s going on inside.
What’s causing the Mac’s fan to sound like an airliner departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (it’s the nearest one that has planes that make that much noise)? System Monitor can help you figure it out.
All from the comfortable clutter of your Mac’s Menubar.
In fact, that’s about the only negative I have with System Monitor. It resides in the Menubar with about twenty eleven other Mac tools and utilities.
System Monitor is packed with geeky usefulness, though.
- Top 5 Processes
- Number of Running Processes
- System Uptime
- Fan Speed
- Swap Space Size
- Storage Transfer Rates
- Network Interfaces
- CPU Temperature
- Memory Usage
All that and more is visible with a click to the Menubar.
As you can see from the screen shots, System Monitor monitors a bunch of useful and interesting data emanating from your Mac. Network connections, storage, memory usage, fan speeds, and CPU processor load– with graphics.
There’s a nifty feature built-in to System Monitor that alone makes it worth the price of admission. It’s the flickering little lights that indicate disk drive activity or network activity. I find that somehow a bit comforting to know, and it hasn’t caused any epileptic fits yet.
System Monitor is different than iStatistica, also a favorite among Mac geeks, though the latter’s interface is a bit more commercial even though it’s half the price.
iStatistica also has a similar version for iPhone, but either way you get to see more of what goes on inside your Mac than Apple is willing to tell you.