frankiee, for easy reference, PWM headers or fans will be 4 pin
Yeah, at least this is one of the things I already know But I have to admit I am still struggling quite a bit with the optimal cooling solution.
Also I am not sure if a R4E will really save me an additional fan controller. So my favorite case would be still the Silverstone FT02 (but also the Nanoxia DS and the Fractal Design XL R2 are on my list). This case uses a total of 4 fans (except CPU fans), and three of them are huge 180mm fans. I'd like to upgrade these to the Slverstopne AP182 fans, which are better.
Now, we have 4 fans, but only 3 "opt" fan headers on the mobo (which can be temperature controlled). So I might still need a splitter after all? Or is it possible with the R4E to use another header, lets say "chassis", but still use the sensor reading of an "opt" header as input at the same time? I was under the impression that each "opt" can be only connected to it's own sensor, but since I don't have an actual BIOS to play with, I am not sure. Or are there additional sensors on the Mobo I could use? At least controlling a chassis fan directly via CPU temps still seems quite weird to me.
And apart from the fact that this fan also draws too much power (and needs am additional molex adapter) it is unfortunately only a voltage controlled fan. Read at least some reviews where using a PWM controller gave problems, and was not usable.
So, can I actually switch RPM control on the rampage IV extreme also to voltage control, or is it really PWM only?
I am also thinking about CPU cooling. While rampagedev recommended a h80i, I am not sure if I would do actually better with air cooling. At least a good tower cooler (Noctua NH-D14 for example) should give me both better cooling and way less noise. At least with the h80i the first thing I'd do is to replace the stock fans, which are rather loud. And I am also not _too_ keen about flowing liquids in my computer. Main drawback I see, however are the sheer size of these things, and the resulting clearance problems which may occur. I checked the RAM, and while it should fit, it may require removing the cooler I wanted to change something there. But cooling / noise ratio is way better than especially with smaller AIO coolers that seems to be a fact.
PS: and the WS-E fan control is really pathetic, seems the minimum duty cycle is a whopping 60% (compared to "0" on the R4E) .... this board would need a fan controller anyway I guess, also temps can be _only_ controlled by the CPU at least guessng from the manual - useless in my eyes. So the R4E might have a real advantage here, _if_ I can get my desired setup to work with it. And I am not sure about that yet, so any clarifications would be really helpful.