Which brand of MB maker has the best on board Fan Control

wekxbrainx

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As titled.

Which brand of motherboard has the best onboard fan control?

I am currectly using gigabyte MB(both intel and amd) and it's not that great.
 

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mmm none of them really. if you want a good fan control then get an actual fan controller because most onboard ones are pretty lackluster.
 

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I'm into quiet computing and the Gigabyte and Asus boards I've owned recently (past year) have done the job well for me. What's your aim and what fans are you using?
 

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edit: please delete this post, apparently my phone's browser is terrible and I misread the OP.
 
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wekxbrainx

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I'm into quiet computing and the Gigabyte and Asus boards I've owned recently (past year) have done the job well for me. What's your aim and what fans are you using?

On my GA-Z68MA-USB3 matx board. The case fan 4 pin header can not read/control correct fan speed. I read the manual, it said the the 4th pin is reserved(it means it's not working) so even though I plug a pwm fan in, it's not controlling the speed.

On my GA-880GA board, it say the case fan 4 pin reads rpm. However, there's no way to control it(not gigabyte's software or speed fan). Fans seem to be not running at max and it will slightly increase/decrease speed when mb temp changes.

Had an old GA-P35, same problem.

I didn't had so many fans in the case back in the days so it didn't bother me. But when the Z68 bundle with i5, and the modern day GPU's overclocking potentials, I got a new case and bought few more fans.

I am using fans that's at least 60+ CFM, but I only want them to crank up when I need them to be(automatically). Without running full rpm all time making my pc sound like a jet.
 

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My abit IP35-Pro had a great fan controller in the BIOS. It wasn't the easiest to use, but at least it worked.

Too bad waiting half a decade, and spending double on a motherboard from a better-known company has fan control software that won't even install properly (for anyone). (Asus sabertooth x79)
 

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with that setup i would think a temperature controlled baybus would fit the bill nicely. something like this or similar option would be my suggestion.
 

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ASUS has the "fan expert" system on most of their newer (P67 onwards) motherboards, and it offers very fine grained control of your fans. On the most recent Sabertooth motherboards, every fan header is a 4 pin PWM header, and the X79 version allows you to link any fan to one of a dozen or so temperature sensors. The response curve of each fan can be individually controlled. This is much more control and functionality than most third party fan controllers.
 

wekxbrainx

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My abit IP35-Pro had a great fan controller in the BIOS. It wasn't the easiest to use, but at least it worked.

Too bad waiting half a decade, and spending double on a motherboard from a better-known company has fan control software that won't even install properly (for anyone). (Asus sabertooth x79)

I agree!! I wish fan controlling can be implemented nicely on MB. It just seems to be like a such easy task but extremely helpful.

Thanks for the heads up and I did like Abit MBs. Sad that they don't manufacture consumer MB anymore.
 

wekxbrainx

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with that setup i would think a temperature controlled baybus would fit the bill nicely. something like this or similar option would be my suggestion.

Thank you for your suggestion. I was looking too and I like the Kaze Fan controller.
The Scythe Kaze Master Pro seems to be a great choice too!.
But both of these only has 1A per channel. Can't daisy chain much fan if needed. I am currently running 6 in my case already :)

But again, thank you.
 

wekxbrainx

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ASUS has the "fan expert" system on most of their newer (P67 onwards) motherboards, and it offers very fine grained control of your fans. On the most recent Sabertooth motherboards, every fan header is a 4 pin PWM header, and the X79 version allows you to link any fan to one of a dozen or so temperature sensors. The response curve of each fan can be individually controlled. This is much more control and functionality than most third party fan controllers.

I had an asus Motherboard and it worked just like my Gigabyte. The gigabyte has 4 pin header and their own fan controlling software too(the owner manual confirm that the 4th pin is just there, doing nothing). However, I am afraid that asus also just has a fake 4 pin and it doesn't work. Or as someone stated in a previous post, the software won't even install.

I guess I really have to read the manual of the MB online and read feedbacks. I don't see many people talking about the fan controlling on MB.

Thank you for your reply.
 

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I've used several ASUS motherboards with Fan Xpert; currently, the Sabertooth X79. All four pin fan headers are fully functional and the software works very well.

I'm not sure where anyone would get the idea that ASUS or any other vendor would use "fake" PWM fan headers...
 

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I've used several ASUS motherboards with Fan Xpert; currently, the Sabertooth X79. All four pin fan headers are fully functional and the software works very well.

I'm not sure where anyone would get the idea that ASUS or any other vendor would use "fake" PWM fan headers...

This, my Thermalright TY-140 (intake fan) and Scythe Slip Stream PWM (CPU fan) both run flawlessly with Asus' Uefi fan control. I don't even have the software installed and the Scythe runs around 300 rpm while idling/light browsing and cranks up to 1300 rpm while gaming. Same thing, but different numbers with the TY-140.
 

wekxbrainx

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I've used several ASUS motherboards with Fan Xpert; currently, the Sabertooth X79. All four pin fan headers are fully functional and the software works very well.

I'm not sure where anyone would get the idea that ASUS or any other vendor would use "fake" PWM fan headers...

If you go online to read some manual of gigabyte boards(for example GA-970A-UD3 or Z68MA-D2H-B3, you will see that the 4th pin of the CPU fan is PWM speed control. But sys_fan 4th pin is "reserved", meaning it has no function at all. Aside from the cpu fan, all other fan header only has voltage speed control.

Yea, if you don't read the manual, you have no idea what you are getting.
 

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I just checked the manual for the Asus P8Z68-V LE, and all 4-pin fan headers are variable speed.
 

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Asus are pretty good. They can do duty cycle, force an RPM, or use automatic modes.

Keep in mind most motherboards can support MAX of a 1 maybe 2 to 3 watt fan. Anything higher can and will blow the motherboards ability to control fans.
 
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