4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 8, 2014 6:55 PM by spearson

    Fan Control in Intel Visual BIOS




      I hope someone can give me some clue on how to properly use the cooling menu to config chassis / cpu fans in Intel Visual BIOS. It seems details were not given in the motherboard's technical specs or anywhere from Intel web site.


      I've just purchased a DH87MC today and would like to config my fan to STOP / IDLE when the system temperature is low enough. I have no clue how to set it with "auto" mode, and when I tried with "manual" and set the duty cycle to 0%, the fans are still running.


      Before I change to Intel Board, I was able to set fan speed on other boards with software like SpeedFan.  I hope Intel Board can do this within BIOS so that I don't need to keep a software running at the background just for controlling fan speeds...



        • 1. Re: Fan Control in Intel Visual BIOS

          Thanks for joining the community.

          I understand you would like to configure CPU fan speed using visual BIOS.

          Please bear in mind CPU fan will always spin to maintain processor temperature. If you are using stock fan heat sink, there is a spin range of 800-1050 rpm's.



          • 2. Re: Fan Control in Intel Visual BIOS

            Hi Allan,

            Yes I understand CPU fan will always spin, but what about the chassis fans? Although it's ok to keep them running slow, sometimes it would be helpful if they can be stopped completely when they are not needed.



            • 3. Re: Fan Control in Intel Visual BIOS



              We do not recommend operation of the system without all fans spinning. We have not performed any thermal validation with the chassis fans stopped and thus do not know whether all components will be properly protected in this situation.


              Understand that, from an acoustics standpoint, it is actually possible that the system could be louder with the chassis fans stopped. Remember that the amount of airflow that is necessary through the CPU heatsink will increase if the air that is available is hotter (it's a poorer dissipater in that state). Since CPU fans are typically louder than chassis fans, the net result could be a louder system (depending upon thermal load as well, of course).


              I also need to warn you that the SIO device that we use for fan speed control does not include a circuit to assist the fans in overcoming their inertia. Some fans will require the duty cycle to increase to a significant level before the fan will actually be able to start spinning. This could possibly mean that temperatures could rise to higher, more unsafe levels before the fans actually start spinning. This is less of an issue in newer systems; it is aged fans that have problems with inertia caused by dust buildup, etc.


              If you wish to attempt to configure the system for operation in this state, you will need to modify the configuration in the Advanced Cooling scene. Clicking on the titles for the fans in the center of the scene will present the related parameters on the right-hand side of the scene. You will want to set the Minimum Duty Cycle from its default 30% down to 0. If you are utilizing the Intel(R) Desktop Utilities application, you will also want to change the Under-Speed Threshold from 250 RPM down to 0 so it doesn't generate alerts when the fan is stopped. Finally, because of the fan start issue, I would also recommend that you modify the configuration for the various temperature inputs to use the piece-wise linear or simple linear control algorithms, instead of the Proportion-Integral-Derivative (PID) algorithm, so that fan speed is increased at lower points on the thermal scale. Click on the titles for the temperature sensors in order to have the configuration parameters for these sensors displayed on the right-hand side of the scene.



              • 4. Re: Fan Control in Intel Visual BIOS



                One additional note: If you are using 4-wire chassis fans, it is possible that the fans will not stop spinning even if the duty cycle is dropped to 0%. The 4-wire fan specification allows for fans that do not go below certain speeds, etc. I would consult the datasheet for the fans that you are using so ascertain its method of operation.


                You will not see this issue if you are using 3-wire fans...




                P.S. You can read more about the possible modes of operation for 4-wire fans within the 4-Wire Fan Specification, which is available at the http://www.formfactors.org web site. Search the specifications using Category "Other"...