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Fan Controllers, Software Or Hardware?


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#1 spree

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:55 AM

I've read in some areas that software fan controllers like SilentTek from Aopen can destabilise a motherboards power suplly and that a hardware fan controller is a better solution

Any opinions on this?

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:25 AM

By reducing the RPM of the fan not only will reduce the power consumption but can extend the life of the fan. I don't see where this would be a problem with a power supply unless this gets down to a stall speed which would produce a higher resistance which would effect the amount of current draw.

I'm guessing that this is a case fan and not the CPU fan?

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:33 AM

I've read in some areas that software fan controllers like SilentTek from Aopen can destabilise a motherboards power suplly and that a hardware fan controller is a better solution

Any opinions on this?

Thanks

In theory, I would agree. I'm not sure about damaging the power supply, but it could have an adverse effect on the motherboard components. I use neither, so I really couldn't say
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Posted 22 April 2008 - 07:37 AM

If it is a case fan you can always use a molex connector rather than using the connector on the motherboard.

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