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Hello,
I have been working on getting my P180 cooling at its best as well as doing so quietly. All the system componants are in their final configuration as well as the cooling setup. I recently added a window + a 140mm intake fan just above the divider panel separating the PSU area from the Mobo area. This made an outstanding difference in cooling. Before, to keep the GPU (8800GTX) at or slightly above 50*C, I had to run the back and top exaust at 100%, the 2 front intakes at 100% and an additional PCI slot cooler mounted directly below the GPU's exaust functioning as exaust to take this residual heat all the way out of the case. This was also with the GTX's cooling fan also set at 100%. Needless to say, it kept everything kool but kinda didnt do the P180 any justice in the noise department. The fans were waaayy too noisy and I had to actually turn up the TV thats in the same room just to be able to hear it.
Couple of days ago, I decided to take the plunge and mod up a window into the side panel. While I was at it, I added a 140mm fan as an intake. All I can say is WOW! What a difference this made. I was able to lower all the fans to low speed and completely remove the slot cooler all together. I used Rivatuner to create a fan schedule for the GPU fan and it now maintains the GPU core temp between 50-60* via 60, 80, and 100% fan speed setpoints. The system is much more quiet now and the only thing that can be heard at idle is the GPU fan ramping up to 80% once in a while. Also, I thought once I had everything quieted down, I would begin to hear the Zalman 9500 CPU cooler but its pretty darn quiet and I havent really noticed it being a problem in the noise department.
I really would have liked Asus to have included the 3 thermal probes with my Commando mobo as they include with the Striker Extreme. Why they dont even offer them as an option or to be ordered after the fact is beyond me. No where that I could find on their website do they offer them nor does anything even show up when I search the site for temp. probe or anything of the like. I really want to be able to monitor the temps in the lower part of my mobo area, as well as the temp in my PSU chamber with the included software as it seems to do a good job with the rails, cpu and mobo temp and fan speeds.
Is it possible to have the mobo ramp the case fans with an aftermarket software utility utilizing the mobo temp reading that is already available? I know I dont want to run all 5 of them obviously thru the mobo but I would at least like to control the back and top exaust during gaming and warmer room temperatures in order to keep the Zalman from having to go to 100% in futility if the ambient in the case is too high. This is my first experience with aftermarket hardware and I am unsure of how or if the mobo has any control over the fan outputs. I would also like to know if this style of probe would work with my mobo (Asus Commando)

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=20836

Thanks for any input you all might be able to give me. Sorry for this being long.......l8r
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Long read, nice system

Speedfan for software.
I would recommend a fan controller, they help with wire management and nice ones have display on the face with all your read outs.
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