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    ROG Enthusiast Array bfollowell PC Specs
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    Fan Control Advice

    I'm preparing to build a new gaming rig and will be basing it on the Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO mobo. I'm curious about fan controls and software. I plan to have several Noctua case fans, probably four, and either an NZXT Kraken X61 or a Corsair H100i AIO liquid cooler. If I don't use a fan controller, and instead plug everything into the motherboard, can I control all of my fans, including my CPU cooler/pump with the ASUS Fan Xpert 3 software? I've heard a lot of complaints about both NZXT's CAM software and Corsair's Corsair Link software.

    I'm just trying to figure out if the ASUS Fan Xpert 3 software will work and if it's any better.

    I was also considering the NZXT Grid+ fan controller, but that would pretty much lock me into using their CAM software.

    Thanks for any information or advice.

    - Byron

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array MeanMachine PC Specs
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    Hi bfollowell
    I have Corsair link software with no problems controlling Radiator fans. I have the Pump connected to the CPU_FAN header and it runs at its appropriate speed constantly.
    The radiator fans are connected via a Y splitter to the CPU_OPT header. All my other fans are 4pin and controlled by Bios, I don't use Fan Xpert.
    That's my config however, the MAXIMUS IX HERO is slightly different as you have AIO_PUMP header for water cooler fixed fan speed.

    The MAXIMUS IX HERO is equipped with an abundance of fan headers as detailed below.
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    You have control for 4pin PWM fans and fan profiles in Bios. You would need a fan controller hub for 3pin fans or you can use Fan Xpert.
    Last edited by MeanMachine; 03-19-2017 at 08:55 AM.
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    Firstly stay away from the Kraken, the block connection come out the side and will block or at least hinder the left most ram slot.
    Secondly, consider a custom loop and forget AIO completely. Is AIO easy and less espensive? Well yes but they are also junk. the machining on the heads is horrible so you dont get good heat transfer and all the connectors and rad ends are plastic. There are horror stories all over the net of these breaking at a whim and spewing the contents of coolant in your case thereby making anything near it useless, mostly mobo, ram, cpu and grahics cards.......in other words the bulk of your build will be toast.

    As for the fans, IMO The ASUS software is just a problematic as any of the others you mentioned. You can find work arounds to make any of them function but thats not my interest. I want it to work the way I want it to work and not the way I have to settle for due to development limitations on all of these apps.

    You want a good controller and software, go with Aquaero. This you can make work exactly the way you want it to from function to monitoring and display properties.

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