Thanks for the info. It seems weird that MSI wouldn't support any decent coolers. Surely they must have something in mind since they're mainly targeting gamers?
Well the reality is that just recently the centered design become more popular with cases like Node304 or Bitfinix Prodigy, but not that many cases that needed or benefited from it. I think all manufacturers should slowly adopt the Asus more centered design as more gens come and more cases start taking advantage of it.
Well this fan control thing seems great, but since I only use Linux I'm not going to expect too much from it...
Didn't know you were going with Linux, here gets a little more complex the choice, as FanXpert2 will not run on it, and Asus Bios fan control is meh, at least till Z87 mobos, seems they are improving some in H97/Z97 but i don't think its up to par with others yet. AsRock in the other hand seems pretty decent, at least from what i read, i dont own a AsRock motherboard to say for sure, as i can with MSI or Asus. Check Quiet gaming setup
, you will see some screenshots of the bios fan control on asrock mobos.
I seen some specially lately that use some software on linux to control fans, so if you want to peruse Asus there might be a way, you can search the forums, at least two forum members had success in the last 3 months.
With asrock isn't as easy either, their good control that you see on the thread above, is only on CPU_FAN, so to do it on pure bios on it, you will need to change all fans to PWM , including the case fans, not that many options on PWM on 92mm, Noctua comes to my mind and you will need to get a a PWM fan splitter like GELID CA-PWM-03
Or a cheaper alternative would be to use the Node304 built in fan controller for the 3 case fans, and use the bios fan control just for the CPU fan.
I noticed that the Gigabyte cards have the same socket position as ASRock and Asus, and there is fan control, although only one for chassis fans and the profiles etc look simpler. So it's one of those 3 I guess.
I'm a bit skeptical against ASRock at the moment since most of what I've read says it's a lower-quality brand with poor support, but I realize I most likely wouldn't notice any difference ever.
Will do some research.
I agree with Pappnaas, i have friends with Asrock motherboards for years and been solid, i think they have come from a pure value selling company to build some very decent motherboards, and in some cases they offer features that others don't for example the in this gen they are offering m.2 support binded to pcie 4x, getting better speed than most m.2 solutions from other manufacturers. Also their bios fan control for PWM fans seems very complete, at least for the CPU_FAN header, even more flexible than MSI with multiple breakpoints (that i think MSI is introducing with H97/Z97), but still has 1% increments while msi has 12.5%. Another interesting thing that i see with AsRock, now that intel is going out of the motherboard market business, is that they are building some pretty efficient motherboards, i seen builds dip below 10W, while i haven't been able to do this with MSI or Asus, i think AsRock should be considered as one of the top 4 manufacturers, with Asus, Gigabyte, MSI.