The safe bet Z77 board, as of 2012-09-30, seems to be toss up between the Intel DZ77GA-70K and the ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE.
These board satisfy my idiosyncratic requirement for an external eSata-III connection. But they might also satisfy the requirement that all of us, who visit silenctpcreview, will be interested in: easy control of fans.
To help get clear on this: Can any of you gals and guys with Z77 (IvyBridge Chipset) ASUS motherboards with Fan Expert 2 (e.g P8Z77-M Pro, P8Z77-V Pro, etc) confirm that the fans are, or are not, also controllable with Speedfan?
These ASUS boards appear to have all their fan sockets as the PWM 4 Pin type. Into these PWM 4 Pin sockets do you gals and guys ...
* Use PWM 4 Pin fans; or
* Use a PWM Control Module (e.g. Nanoxia PWMX PWM Control Module) to connect and control to variable voltage 3 pin fans; or
* Directly plug in the variable voltage 3 pin fans
... and are you able to control them both by Fan Expert 2 and speedfan?
A bit more context to the questions:
From the review Asus P8Z77-V Pro: Xpert Fan Control for LGA1155
Lawrence mentions that (as of 2012-05-07) ...
the [Intel] DZ77GA-70K [has] four fan headers can be set to respond to any of the board's four internal sensors (CPU, PCH, VRM, and RAM). Our favorite third party fan utility, SpeedFan, also has this ability, but it doesn't currently work on the [ASUS] P8Z77-V Pro (only temperature sensors are detected, no fan speed sensors or controls are available).
I'm hoping speedfan has have been updated since then.
Speedfan lists an ASUS Z77 motherboard, the P8Z77-I DELUXE, as a Motherboards that [is] known to change fan speeds
. But there are no votes or comments on that page.
In short I'm wanting to know:
* Can Z77 ASUS motherboards control all their fans via speedfan?
* Are 3 pin variable voltage fans controllable via ASUS 4 pin PWM headers?
If the answers to these questions are negative I'll be inclined toward the Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 Motherboard, given that Lawrence reports in Intel DZ77GA-70K Z77 Motherboard: Waiting for Ivy Bridge
Full [speedfan] control is available for all four fan headers, with two caveats: the fan headers labelled "REAR" and "AUX" are tied together and the "CPU" header cannot adjust the speed of non-PWM fans.