Would be great to have someone test the new Z97/H97 Asus mobos, specially interested into if its as smart as it sound with the CHA_FAN able to be switched to PWM... i doubt it, but would be a good addition to have much more flexibility not only on planning the build, but on upgrading down the road.
I might be doing a build for a friend in the next few months, and considering the Asus H97 Plus, and probably will go with it even if the fan control is like the Z87/H87/B85/H81, as the motherboard has a good CPU position for the Node 304 and it has 3 fan headers (CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN1 and 2), so ill be able to control the PWM fan with the CPU_FAN, the back Fractal 140 with the CHA_FAN2 and the two frontals Fractal 92mm with the splitter of on CHA_FAN1. If i do build it ill test both on the bios and with FanXpert3 to see if CHA_FAN can manage PWM and 3pin fans automatically, i hope im wrong, but i don't think they will be.
What doesnt look that hot is the bios still, asus finally uploaded the manuals for their new motherboards, and from the Asus H97 PLUS manual
, the CHA_FANs are now resticted to 60% as their minimum.
I still believe that FanXpert3 will enter and override the bios fan restrictions, and fans will go as low as they can, as its been my experience with past gens.