Sounds like a positive review on the trident x smile.gif will definitely be seeking a lot of help on the OC though. I don't think the Asus fan settings will be an issue. I'll be running a liquid cooling system because of the board not allowing the cards to go in PCI 1 and 3 leaving no space between the cards.
...re water-cooled SLI Asus GTX 690ies, you're right - I responded to an earlier post on P1 which did not have those pics. That said, there are folks who use 'Precision X' in lieu of 'GPU Tweak' even with water-cooled SLI 670/680/690ies. Their point being that it just is a better GPU control software all-around. I am just starting to run comparisons and cannot comment on that yet. Eventually, I hope to get water-blocks for my SLI setup also, so I am going to watch your build
...re OCing, I did a quick scan of this thread but cannot find what CPU you are using..?. Also, are you thinking of OCing the memory (sounds like it) ? Per BIOS 'DDR / XMP' setting or per BCLK ? Referring to the I7 3770 / K builds I just did, I find that once past 4.6 GHz, it gets trickier with non-stock BCLK above 105.x (not impossible, but trickier, like too many variables per equation to soundly keep track of, with less fine control). 4.85 GHz was the fastest with non-stock BCLK I got, and I only went for multiplier OC for daily 4.8 GHZ to 5 GHz.
In any case, there are lot's of good OC guides on this site (sorted by CPU), though for my own technical / productivity reasons, I prefer a mix of a little Bios tuning and a lot of Asus AI Win software OCing (most folks here just go for the Bios-only method, but I need Intel speed-step, low idle CPU vCore, sleep-states fully functional etc). It took a few frustrating days / week of fine tuning
( freezes and the odd BSOD) before I got 4.8GHz as my daily base, with CPU vCore now at idle 1.16v, load (ie Prime95) at 1.336v and 'spikes' at no more than 1.368v, all in my comfort zone. 5 Ghz values are still just a tad too high for daily stuff, but I'll keep on chipping away (pardon the pun)
I am sure you going to reach some decent speeds with the cooling setup you have; besides, if this is more used as a 'gamer', than water-cooled SLI Asus GTX 690 setup is far more important than 4.5 GHz vs 4.8 GHz+ CPU speeds