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What is the best way to have your system automatically ramp up the fan speed to handle heat during gaming or benching? Based on the thread topic I have considered buying a fan controller(budget around $50 give or take). However from what I have read there seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on this topic. Some people apparently swear by the BIOS alone, other prefer the software SpeedFan, while others use a fan controller. When giving a recommendation please also consider the following:

1.) I just got an Corsair H100 water cooler

2.) I have no issue parting with the 50 bucks (Christmas Gift) if a controller provides a benefit, some of them look kinda cool too

3.) The solution must have an automatic feature, I really do not want to have to manual tweak things every time I game or bench
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What is the best way to have your system automatically ramp up the fan speed to handle heat during gaming or benching? Based on the thread topic I have considered buying a fan controller(budget around $50 give or take). However from what I have read there seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on this topic. Some people apparently swear by the BIOS alone, other prefer the software SpeedFan, while others use a fan controller. When giving a recommendation please also consider the following:
1.) I just got an Corsair H100 water cooler
2.) I have no issue parting with the 50 bucks (Christmas Gift) if a controller provides a benefit, some of them look kinda cool too
3.) The solution must have an automatic feature, I really do not want to have to manual tweak things every time I game or bench

How many fans does your rig have? If you have a handful I think it really depends on what each fan is being asked to do. Most motherboards have options for controlling at least 3 of your fan headers. If yours is the same, I would definitely have my H100 fan(s) controlled by your mobo BIOS. Your GPU fan you should have controlled through software like MSi Afterburner or the like. You do know that the pump to your H100 requires full power 100% of the time, right? So don't monkey with that fan header. Your case fans are another story. My rig has a total of 6 fans. I have 4 case fans, 3 intake, 1 exhaust. The 3 intakes are connected to a fan controller that is manual, so that won't work for you. The exhaust fan is always running at one speed. A quick look at Newegg does not turn up any auto fan controllers. Looks like they are all manual. Check this article. This is the trick I used for my exhaust fan because it didn't need to run at full speed, and it was loud. This may give you some more ideas:
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/496
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Automatic or Manual Fan Control + Cost effective if you don't wanna mess with software of BIOS fan control.

Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller
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Automatic or Manual Fan Control + Cost effective if you don't wanna mess with software of BIOS fan control.
Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller

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That controller takes a PWM signal (from CPU fan), and auto control regular 3-pin fan based on CPU temperature.
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