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Case Fan for Dell XPS 400

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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 7:04:01 PM

Hi, I can't seem to find the right place to plug in to power cord from the fan to the mother board. The fan has a 3 pin plug with a place for a slide up the middle. There's one plug on the mother board that seems to be the right one but it is surrounded by a black plastic casing that doesnt allow the fan's plug to fit in. Please help and thanks in advance.

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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 7:34:21 PM

There are no 3 pin fan connectors on your motherboard ( hooking up a non Dell fan will give you an error ).
You'll need an adapter to plug directly to the psu;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Shadow beat me to it, I must be getting much slower than i thought.
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December 30, 2009 8:26:12 PM

well dells proprietary connector is 3 pin, but it has a different wire pinout/location and the port is as you noticed surrounded by black plastic. the only option, as the others said, is a molex adapter
like this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or if you are replacing the fan cause the orginal dell fan died, you can take the plastic end offthe old one and put it on the new one, just being careful to put all the wires in the right places.
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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 8:51:01 PM

shovenose said:
well dells proprietary connector is 3 pin

Yeah, the older units do use 3 pin connectors, not the XPS 400 though.
The fans in it have 5 pin connectors on 4 wire fans.
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December 30, 2009 9:03:20 PM

oh, sorry about that LOL.
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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 9:43:30 PM

delluser1 said:
Yeah, the older units do use 3 pin connectors, not the XPS 400 though.
The fans in it have 5 pin connectors on 4 wire fans.
http://i45.tinypic.com/zvi12.jpg

Is that a Panaflo or Delta fan I see? :p 
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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 9:49:21 PM

Delta
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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 10:19:07 PM

^ Nice. Those fan sound like jet engines @ 12v lol.
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a b V Motherboard
December 30, 2009 10:22:47 PM

1.6a x 12v on the 120mm, funny thing is the 92mm next to it is rated at 2.5a
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December 31, 2009 11:05:30 PM

i hate delta fans theyre so loud!
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