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Fan Control Guide: Intel Z270 Motherboard Edition

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Jul 4, 2017 1:10 pm

GIGABYTE Z270 Fan Control

 

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On the Z270X-Gaming 9 GIGABYTE/Aorus made sure every header was a hybrid PWM/DC header, offering speed control on either the power or PWM pins. The motherboard also offers two external temperature inputs, and they provide the sensors.

 

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GIGABYTE's marketing indicates that all of the eight fan headers on the motherboard provide up to 2A, but other models might be different.

 

GIGABYTE UEFI Offering

 

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GIGABYTE's UEFI offers GUI based fan control. You can see the temperature of the sensor, current fan speed, set temperature warnings, set fan fail warning, and of course set the curve and other features. You can also choose between PWM and voltage modes. You also get a wide variety of sensors to choose from.

 

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There are built-in profiles just like other brands, and you get six control points (0-5). There is a setting called "Temperature Interval," and this can go from 1 to 3, and it determines how many degrees on either side of the curve the fan can be sensitive to. It's there to decrease abrupt changes in fan speed.

 

GIGABYTE Z270 Software Offering

 

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To control the headers in Windows, you need to install GIGABYTE's System Information Viewer. As soon as you launch the program, it will ask to calibrate your fans. Once you get it calibrated, you get a table of max to least. We got 40% power at 865RPM, almost the same as the ASUS board. You get eight control points for the curve.

 

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The temperature interval setting is back but with a larger range. It "Prevents abrupt speed changes due to slight changes in temperature," according to the program. You also have the option for configuring the location of your fans inside of your case to better visualize which temperature sensors to use as reference.

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