I'm pleased to see ASUS continuing efforts to improve features that help with PC acoustics, ...
+1 I'd be happy to see ASUS continue to chase this section of computer /mobo designs, other companies may only later see the benefits this means to the end user.
Do the H and B series also have this feature set or is it a Z170 only thing?
The typical SPCR user just wants a decent component build/feature set for a low power/silent build (lower power -> lower temps -> less cooling/quieter fans). Share your thoughts?
Yes, please. Good fan control should be a basic feature, should have been sorted easily years
ago by motherboard producing companies. Even advanced fan control would have been a common feature by now if the companies had gotten their **** together - looking at the every other advanced feature and the gigahertzes and the fiddlybits they put a lot of effort into - I'm seriously shocked nobody grabbed this low-hanging fruit earlier. I mean, we're talking cheap circuitry here, and then just a certainly small bit of well designed software/firmware.
A tip from me for advanced fan control would be a way for s/w to identify which temp sensors are affected by which fans and make that more transparent for the user, and maybe exercise manual control over it. Do not make every fan controllable only by cpu temp (?). And for gods sake, ASUS, include the graphics card in the fan control s/w, I've been bying same brand gfx card and m/b for years, silly me - I kind of expected them to work in some kind of harmony
(even if you need to safeguard it somehow for perf/temp).
Also make your m/b software suite as lightwheight
(processes and startup) and modular as you can, and then some. Pretty please with sugar on top.
+1 on your post on HFEN, MikeC. Exited to see any response.
+1 on what CA_Steve says about silent HTPCs and Audio PC's latency issues. I guess drivers and firmware has a lot to do with it. I'm gonna help a friend with highfidelities(diagnosed) to build a silent thingy.
I dunno if this is a farout idea, but about 'clicking' fan noise; in pwm, could the actual waveform of the pulse be of any significance? If it were to be 'polished' - or specifically shaped to make the motor circuitry not having to deal with a 'sharp' on/off command. Or is all that just happening in the motors components?