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Controling the AIO - all in one cable or individual?

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Apologies if this has been brought up before (pretty sure it has on other forums, but admittedly I'm being a little lazy on searching):

I'm brand spankin' new to AIO coolers so I thought I'd give one a try. If all else fails, I can always go back to good 'ol fan coolers. I picked this 420 cooler up for less than $100, so what the hell...

I have the Rog Strix Z790-E motherboard and an Arctic Liquid Freezer III (420) cooler. It fits in my Phantek case nicely too!  Can someone confirm where I need to be plugging in the control cable(s)? This motherboard has its own 4-pin header for the AIO, so I'm assuming that's where I plug it in and I'm good to go?

Seems simple enough, but the reason I'm asking for a double check is; I was reading that some folks like to plug these coolers in for an 'individual' control configuration? The radiator fans would be plugged into the CPU-fan header and the pump into the chassis header (perhaps this is exactly what that AIO header already does). Then I assume you'd control the fan and pump via the BIOS or other software (it's been 20 years since my last build, so I have a lot of catching up to do).

So I guess I'm not sure what's better: Let it take care if itself with the all-in-one or go individual.

I'm not that big on 'over-clocking', but I do sometimes like to tinker with it. It's like having a huge V8 engine. You don't need to go from 0 to 60 in a few seconds, but ******... sure is fun once in a while!








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Install the AIO as per the cooling vendors instructions. However, if wanting to control the radiator fans by a temperature source other than CPU, consider using one of the chassis headers. You can then adjust the temperature source within the monitor section within the UEFI to various sources if required as well as adjust the fan stepping.

13900KS / 8000 CAS36 / ROG APEX Z790 / ROG TUF RTX 4090