I'm not a big fan of the AI suite
I am not a fan (no pun intended) in any of those either (most motherboard makers have their own versions). As Wrench noted, they often are the cause of problems - known to cause system shutdowns - which can corrupt a drive, and destroy your data. But even if trouble-free, why run yet another program you just don't need?
I'm a little bit OCD and I'd like to maximize the airflow
Wrong objective! Yes, a good of flow of cool air through the case is critical, but your goal should be maximum cooling at minimum noise levels
. And with 1 large 140mm fan and 2 jumbo 200mm fans, you should be able to let your fans toggle down in speed (and thus noise) while maintaining excellent temps.
I want my CPUs to stay below 60°C when pushed. You should be able to stay considerably lower than that. It is not necessary to achieve the lowest temperatures possible. Lower is good, but not necessarily better in terms of stability, reliability or electronics aging. It is only necessary to keep your temps well within the "normal operating range".
If you need something to occupy your OCD demands, concentrate on keeping the interior clean of heat trapping dust. You might also look at your cable management to ensure all cables are routed so they minimize impacting that desired air flow.
Oh, btw, 40mm fans are notorious for being of lessor quality, and often very noisy - especially as they age and the cheap bearings wear. I don't buy motherboards that use "active
" (fan - small heatsink) cooling on the chipset. A good "passive
" (no fan - big heatsink) cooling solution for the chipset costs a bit more but with no fan, is silent, with no worry of fan failure.
With good case cooling (as you have), and regular interior cleaning (I recommend monthly inspections and cleaning as necessary) I've been known to remove those 40mm chipset fans and still maintain good "system temps" (typically several degrees below the CPU temp).
Of course, how do you know if you have adequate cooling if you are not monitoring your temps? I use and recommend CoreTemp
which puts my "real-time" CPU temp in my System Tray/Notification Area for an easy, quick check. And I use Speccy
(from the makers of CCleaner) to verify all my other temperatures are good.