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#1 somebody19

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:16 AM

Hi guys,

 

I recently purchased more computer fans and unfortunately, I am not familiar with how to connect them to a fan controller.

 

The first photo below is my fan controller - I do know that the three smaller pins connect directly to the fan.  Unfortunately, the other male & female 4-pin connectors have got me stumped...

 

http://imgur.com/lGa5aun

 

I also have another cable, shown in the second photo.  My initial thought was to connect the black cable to the PSU on one end, and the other to the fan controller.  Unfortunately, there aren't any suitable jacks on my PSU (Seasonic X 650W) allowing me to do so.

 

http://imgur.com/UT1FypK

 

Am I missing a part or just doing it wrongly?

 

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 29 February 2016 - 11:33 AM

Are those pictures really working?



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 08:43 PM

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 02:13 AM

Apologies! I hope this one works now.  First time doing this so pardon my errors.

 

Are those pictures really working?

 

 

Those pics aren't working.



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 05:06 AM

Fan controller's small 3 pin plug goes to fan. You also need to connect fan connector's EITHER male OR female (not both) 4-pin connector to PSU.

 

Edit: took a while to notice that second picture was not PSU connectors but adapter. In this case you don't need adapter. Just do as I said above.


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 05:09 AM

Fan controller's small 3 pin plug goes to fan. You also need to connect EITHER male OR female (not both) 4-pin connector to PSU.

 

That's the issue I'm facing - if you look at the link below, I don't have a cable connecting the PSU to the 4-pin connector.  Am I missing something?  Or do I need to get an extra cable?

 

http://pcper.com/images/reviews/976/1-X-400.jpg



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 05:45 AM

 

Fan controller's small 3 pin plug goes to fan. You also need to connect EITHER male OR female (not both) 4-pin connector to PSU.

 

That's the issue I'm facing - if you look at the link below, I don't have a cable connecting the PSU to the 4-pin connector.  Am I missing something?  Or do I need to get an extra cable?

 

http://pcper.com/images/reviews/976/1-X-400.jpg

 

 

Modular PSU so you need to plug another cable to PSU.

 

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules/NDReviews/images/SeasonicSS650KM/DSCF2503.jpg

 

Image from cables that came with PSU. There should be some (3 according to http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=169 ) cables with 4-pin connector.



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 02:12 AM

 

 

Fan controller's small 3 pin plug goes to fan. You also need to connect EITHER male OR female (not both) 4-pin connector to PSU.

 

That's the issue I'm facing - if you look at the link below, I don't have a cable connecting the PSU to the 4-pin connector.  Am I missing something?  Or do I need to get an extra cable?

 

http://pcper.com/images/reviews/976/1-X-400.jpg

 

 

Modular PSU so you need to plug another cable to PSU.

 

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules/NDReviews/images/SeasonicSS650KM/DSCF2503.jpg

 

Image from cables that came with PSU. There should be some (3 according to http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=169 ) cables with 4-pin connector.

 

 

 

Thanks for this! I found the cable and can connect the 4-pin fan controller cable to the PSU.

 

Unfortunately, I did not realize that I can't connect my fans to the fan controller - have a look at the two pictures below, the plug heads are different.  Am I missing a component?

 

http://imgur.com/a/B1Hu4



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:22 AM

Common problem. Fan is using 4-pin connector and fan controller is for 3 pin connector.

 

Either use adapter or "modify" fan controller's connector so that 4-pin connector fits. With "modify" I mean to break side of connector. Done that many times :smash:



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 12:35 PM

Lol okay, newbie here so hopefully I don't need to break anything.

 

Is there some form of an adapter I can buy?  If not, what exactly should I be breaking - the 4pin?

 

Common problem. Fan is using 4-pin connector and fan controller is for 3 pin connector.

 

Either use adapter or "modify" fan controller's connector so that 4-pin connector fits. With "modify" I mean to break side of connector. Done that many times :smash:



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 01:35 PM

Example of suitable adapter http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8881/cab-169/4-pin_PWM_Male_to_3-pin_Female_Adapter_Cable_12_-_Sleeved_Black_CB-PWM-3F.html

 

Fan connector has 4 wires: voltage, ground (these two are only that are needed with fan controller), RPM (fan speed monitoring) and PWM (thermally controlled fan speed). Your controller has only 2 pins (voltage and ground) so you only need to connect those two pins to fan. So clipping that fan controllers 3 pin connector you can fit 4 pin fan connector into place because only 2 pins are needed.

 

Adapter is of course much easier and more clean option.



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Posted 02 March 2016 - 08:35 PM

Mate, really appreciate your help and thanks so much for this.  I'll drop by the store later to pick a few of these adapters up!

 

Example of suitable adapter http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8881/cab-169/4-pin_PWM_Male_to_3-pin_Female_Adapter_Cable_12_-_Sleeved_Black_CB-PWM-3F.html

 

Fan connector has 4 wires: voltage, ground (these two are only that are needed with fan controller), RPM (fan speed monitoring) and PWM (thermally controlled fan speed). Your controller has only 2 pins (voltage and ground) so you only need to connect those two pins to fan. So clipping that fan controllers 3 pin connector you can fit 4 pin fan connector into place because only 2 pins are needed.

 

Adapter is of course much easier and more clean option.






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