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What I had to do first was to click the “Control panel” button that was highlighted with welcoming green color. In this case the relatively big program window turns simply humongous because of the three additional panels opening on three sides. Now, however, it also reports temperatures, voltages and fan rotation speeds.

If you click on one of the three animated icons with rotating fans, we will get access to fan rotation speed adjustment for the processor, system or North Bridge chipset fans respectively.

Each of the fans can be adjusted automatically (By SmartFan), can rotate at a preset constant speed (By Duty-Cycle), can rotate at maximum speed (By Full Speed) – all this is exactly the same as in the mainboard BIOS. However, here you also get an option for four-stage rotation speed control depending on the temperature. You can select the temperature intervals and the corresponding fan rotation speeds manually, but you will need to have the bulky AEGIS Panel utility in the background all the time in order to take advantage of this useful option.

Other features of this utility are quite common. Alarm button allows setting safe thermal intervals, voltage intervals and fan rotation speeds, so that the warning signals will sound once you get beyond the set boundaries.

Config button sets the signal source, temperature measuring units, data refresh rate, allows hiding the icon in the system tray and launching the utility on start up.

Unfortunately, I have to state that the bulky AEGIS Panel utility with non-intuitive interface and very inconvenient to work with doesn’t differ that much from the brand name utilities from other mainboard makers. It reports the CPU temperature pretty accurately, but Core Temp still copes better with the same task. This utility can only be useful for individual adjustment of fan rotation speeds and for chipset North Bridge temperature control.

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