Fan Controllers - Only 3-pin not 4-pin (Molex) ?

Hi!

I'm planning to buy a Fan Controller for controlling my 4 LED-fans (2x 80mm & 2x 120mm)...

The "problem" is (at least for the cheapest ones) most seem to include only 3-pin connectors for the fans. All my fans have Molex 4-pin male/female connectors. So do I have to buy for each fan some kind of "4-pin to 3-pin -adapters" and add my wire mess inside my modded window case?!

Few fans nowadays seem to use 3-pin connectors anymore...

For example, have looked this one:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1673
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  1. Quote:
    The "problem" is (at least for the cheapest ones) most seem to include only 3-pin connectors for the fans.


    System fans require 3 pins (neg/pos/control), not two (neg/pos), in order for the speed to be monitored by a fan controller. Like this one.

    http://www.scythe-usa.com/product/acc/028/km01_detail.html
  2. the 4th pin has to do with fan speed management, if memory serves, when you plug a 4 pin directly on a 3 pin the fan speed goes to max, which you then would be able to manage with your fan controler...

    Just to be safe try google. :)
  3. A 4 pin molex supplies 12v power from the PSU. There is no built in 'controller' on a 12v four pin molex connector.
  4. If OP wants to use a fan 'controller' to 'control' the speed of system fans, the fans will have to be of the 3 pin variety (neg/pos/'control').
  5. OK, so there is only 3-pin fan controllers...

    Maybe a "soldering solution" would be best to my 4-pin LED-fans, as here is done
    http://icrontic.com/articles/noise_isolator_35_bay_fan_speed_controller? Or what do you thing badge?
  6. Your fan controller is fine, most likely it is your fans that are cheap; I'm guessing they actually only run two wires to the Molex connector (ground and +12V), so they run at max speed all the time. You may wish to consider buying some new fans, and get some that have 3-pin connectors, or say they have both.
  7. Yeah, that's probably true :D! But I don't want to buy new fans because just bought them :/!

    So, if I cut the 4-pin connectors from two wires of my fans and replace them with 3-pin connectors by soldering. That should do the thing, right?!
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