Specs: CPU i5 3570k GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI Vengeance 8Gb Ram 450watt power supply Windows 7
My sock CPU fan does spin on start up. The computer loads onto the login screen and afterwards I shut it down to prevent damage to the motherboard. I replaced the stock cooler to see if that was the problem. I installed the Rosewill RCX-Z300 and I still have the same problem. This leads me to believe that the motherboard pins are damaged.
Is there a way to turn on the CPU cooler while not being connected to the motherboard?
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You can plug it into another fan header and link that fan header to the CPU temperature, or get an adaptor for a molex connector and let it run at full speed.
check bios to see if fan header has been turned off. That said, I have had headers go bad on motherboards before, it is not that uncommon
I would go with the amazon one TBH, you probably dont have a super loud CPU cooler so regulating CPU fan speed may not be important. I dont see how the silverstone one will work when his 4pin header is broken.
sorry disregard link. The link is assuming you have another free 4-pin on available on your mother board like most do. What is your motherboard make/model