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Fan Control Guide: Intel Z270 Motherboard Edition

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

Supermicro Z270 Fan Control

 

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Supermicro's fan definitions are to the point and don't beat around the bush. You get five PWM-only headers with up to 2.5A on each header. That is a really solid current rating, and for all headers having this much power, it's unique. Supermicro was also nice enough to let us know that 3-pin fans won't be controllable.

 

Supermicro Z270 UEFI Offering

 

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Their UEFI is much different than other vendors' offerings, but they did a fine job of providing manual fan control options, after many generations of no options. You get up to four reference points, once you set PWM level to below 100, the others will open (100 is max). You also have the ability to choose different temperature sources.

 

Supermicro Z270 Software Offering

 

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Supermicro recently launched a brand-new software program called SuperOBooster, and this program offers a few features like the BIOS. Fan control has been shift towards a GUI, and you can pick reference sensors for each header.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Overall, we have seen a wide variety of offerings for software, and there are third-party applications such as SpeedFan that might work with your motherboard. The issue is that they don't always work as the hardware used on motherboards changes. We do see that the larger vendors have more resources to put into fancy fan schemes and software, but the smaller guys aren't too far behind.

 

We hope this article has helped those of you looking into an Intel Z270 motherboard, or just those of you who want to know what's on the market and want to learn more.

 

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