Quiet Mini-ITX Gaming Build Guide #3: BitFenix Prodigy Edition

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TESTING

System Configuration:

Measurement and Analysis Tools

SOFTWARE

Due to a bug in the ASUS Fan Xpert implementation for this board which can sometimes override designated custom fan speeds during load, we used a third party utility to control the speed of the various fans in our system. SpeedFan takes some extra time to setup properly but it offers most of the same functionality, only in a less attractive (though also less complicated) form. If you're new to this application, our SpeedFan article will guide you through the configuration process and how to setup dynamic temperature-based control.


AIDA64 on the left, SpeedFan on the right (with the sensors and fan controls properly renamed).

The board's three controllable fan headers are just the right amount for this system. The GPU's cooler has its own fan control of course, while the CPU and case fans were hooked up to the motherboard on individual headers. For some odd reason is a missing sensor in SpeedFan, the one for CHA_FAN1, which was powering the intake fan. AIDA64 is more reliable in the sensor department, displaying all the relevant information including a more detailed breakdown of CPU temperatures. Unfortunately it lacks SpeedFan's fan controls and charting feature, so there isn't one comprehensive replacement for the ASUS utility.


GPU Tweak.

For the graphics card, the provided ASUS utility, GPU Tweak is fairly solid. It offers a nice monitoring system on the left with charting available for every item imaginable pertaining to the graphics card, and basic clock and fan speed adjustment on the right with the ability to quickly save and switch profiles.


GPU Tweak: user-defined fan settings.

You're not limited to a single fan speed as there is a dynamic method hidden inside. Here you can tailor the fan speed curve to your personal preference, whether it be a simple linear progression or something more complex. For an alternative, check out MSI Afterburner as it provides most of the same features. Both utilities work with other brands of cards.



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