I'd really like some help with fan controllers - I've never used one and know hardly anything about them.
I'm going to be building a new quiet system soon and I'd like a fan controller that can do automatic fan control.
At first I thought that I could get the Hardcano 12, but according this this thread
it makes an annoying whining noise.
It looks like the best choice it the T-Balancer. I'm a bit confused about the models available and what they do. In Australia, you can only get the XL and KTC models (the latter needed for water cooling) but on the mCubed site these aren't listed, and the models that are listed on their site aren't available in Australia, from what I can make out.
I'm planning to buy an Antec P180 case and a Scythe Ninja CPU cooler (which now comes bundled with a 120mm fan). Would the T-Balancer work will with this setup? Initially I'll be using the stock AMD fan because the Ninja doesn't work with the AM2 socket, but I'll be buying an AM2 compatible model when they release it.
Apparently you need to install the bundled Windows sofware to be able to set it up. I'll be running Linux, but I can always set up a dual-boot system and boot into windows to configure the t-balancer. Do I need to keep running Windows, or does it work fine even in Linux? Of course I don't expect to be able to monitor temps etc. in Linux, but as long as the t-balancer works effectively keeping the system cool enough without making much noise, I'll be happy.
All these fan controllers come with thermal sensors. One thing I don't understand is how/where the sensor is added to measure the CPU temp. Presumably the real CPU temperature is best measured by placing the sensor directly on the chip, but because the chip will be covered by the heatsink, I'd have to place it on the outside of that. Won't the temperature on the surface of the heatsink be lower than on the chip? Or is the surface of the heatsink at the same temp as the CPU itself?
How many temperature sensors does the T-Balancer XL come with? I won't be using a graphics card (I'll be using onboard graphics) so apart trom the CPU temp, which other temperature should I measure? Do I need to buy extra sensors?