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Case Fan Dilemma (Molex to PWM)

Last response: in Components
October 24, 2013 7:55:08 PM

I recently ordered 5 units of Deepcool Iceblade 120mils for my case. I assumed that it will come with the necessary adapters and screws, but unfortunately, it didn't. What I got in the package is just the fan and a 4-pin Female to 2x 4-pin Male Y-Splitter.

Then I realized later on that the fans I ordered are PWM or "heatsink" fans. Now my problem is how will I be able to use it as a standard case fan.

Im thinking of using a standard 4-pin Male Molex to 3-pin Male Fan connector, and just chip the side of the plastic cap of the 3-pin fan connector so the 4-pin female connector of the fan will fit. Is that going to work?

Worst case, I'm considering of getting one of these ( ) since these have 4-pin male connectors. But I'm not so sure if it's a good idea to have 4 fans connected to a single motherboard 4-pin fan header.

Any other suggestions?

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October 24, 2013 8:44:51 PM

O.K., this is actually an edit; I erased most of my original post.
I am not sure, but I agree with you that it doesn't sound like a good idea to run 4 fans off one mobo header, though they won't draw much current.
If you don't have any laying around, it would probably be cheaper just to buy a couple adapters from Newegg:
Evercool Model EC-DF003 5.9" Multi-Fan Adapter With Speed Reduction
Here's a link to the whole cable/adapter section: