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When you start digging deeper into your computer’s internal hardware to monitor or tweak it, you may occasionally run across a listing that seems strange and unexpected, like HAMP, for example. What does it mean? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader’s question.

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The Question

SuperUser reader Mark wants to know what HAMP means (in the context of computer fans):

I am using an Asus X99-DELUXE-II motherboard in my computer and saw HAMP in the list of fans that can be optimized. What does HAMP mean?

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In the context of computer fans, what does HAMP mean?

The Answer

SuperUser contributor TG2 has the answer for us:

It stands for High Amperage Fan. There should be a header (pins) on the motherboard for you to plug in multiple fans or fans that are higher current. H-Amp fans usually provide better cooling.

The manual settings for your motherboard will allow you to set measure points and minimum/maximum temperatures, etc. You can search for “High AMP” at this Asus page: ROG Rampage V Edition 10


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