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What to do with all these fans?

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January 27, 2013 7:36:19 AM

I have just finished building my rig and realized I really didn't think about fan control. I first thought that I would use a fan controller like the aerocool v12xt but read too many bad reviews. In fact, most fan controllers had bad reviews. The mobo has 5 (2x4pin and 3x3pin) fan connectors which will be enough to control the 5 fans I have installed. I will be using water and air cooled products. What is the best method to control the fans in order to maintain temps under low and high loads? Is there software built in to the mobo to automatically adjust fan RPM? I would prefer to be able to control RPM in order to cut down on the noise level when it is not needed. I really like the look a fan controller adds to a custom rig but it needs to be functional.

Here are the components that I want to monitor/control temps on:
-Rosewell THORV2 Case w/ 230mm front intake fan, 230mm side intake fan, and 120mm rear exhaust fan
-Radeon 7870 Graphics (air cooled for now)
-ASROCK Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard (air cooled)
-Intel Core i5-3570 w/ XSPC RayStorm Waterblock
-AlphaCool NexXxoS ST30 240mm RAD w/ two Typhoon 1850rpm fans (push)


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January 27, 2013 10:05:44 AM

You really want four fans on that radiator and any rad fans should be manually controllable,
Pretty version,
Ye olde knobbe version,
I have three of the olde worlde ones on my rig and the bank feature is handy, say your four fans on the rad (for now) can all be turned on or off at once on one bank whilst you can tweak the other four case fans to the optimum for your cases set up on the other bank,
In W/c control is everything to get the best from your loop, and thats especially so with your fans