I am selecting between MSI and ASUS and focus also on silent solution. I found out that on G45 the minimum RPM you can set on 50% (for 3-pin) and 25% (for 4-pin). When on ASUS you can configure to turn off the fan if the temperature is below the minimum. So in G45 all fans are always ON - it should be more "noisy" board I assume than Hero.
And the minor issue IMHO, on Hero you can set up independently the temperature control points for fans. So a case fan can be linked with CPU's temp (no such config in MSI).
But the MSI price is so attractive for me so I would like to ask if a G45-owners can confirm this limitations?
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The Hero is the much more solid board. Also, check out the 'Sonic Radar' feature. (If you're into FPS's )
Yes, FPS is the key But I've never thought about "Sonic Radar". Is it real good for FPS?
I know MSI has E2200, - also should bring some benefits in games (prio the traffic). But don't know if it is really worth stuff.
I did a screencast on how to underclock the thresholds on MSI motherboards, especially annoying for the 50% fan speed lock system fan 4-pin that defaulted for me to 2200RPM's....while the case temp was 42 c. Problem Solved!