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Automatic Fan Controller??

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April 4, 2010 7:21:37 PM

Hey hey,

I am looking for a complete automatic fan controller for my PC. Basically, I want to set the range of speeds of the fans to adjust automatically depending on temp. I would like them to stay within a margin though. I would like them to be close to off when there is a low temp.

I've seen some that are controlled with a unit then by the computer, but they are either not being sold or require an ESA certified mobo.

I have a cheap auto fan controller in there now, but it runs the fans too fast and there is no way of changing it. I like quiet computers! Manual control isn't ideal since my computer is not within quick reach, and I don't want to be adjusting it all the time.

Thanks for the help!

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April 5, 2010 4:00:49 AM

Sorry I can't help with your question. All I have to offer is an alternative:

Why don't you just leave all your fans on low? I find in my case (antec 300), low is more than sufficient for my case fans even when on full load.
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April 5, 2010 5:19:13 AM

I recently purchased a HAF 932 case and have 8+ fans that I plan to control--but most fan controllers I've seen don't go past 6 or so fans that they can manage.

If there is any computer application out there that can control up to that many fans? I'd greatly appreciate someone sharing it.
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April 5, 2010 11:52:18 AM

mCubed T-Balancer's will do it....there's the miniNG with two channels and the BigNG with four. I've not used a miniNG but I have a BigNG and an older XL model no longer made.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

you can put more than one fan on one channel if you splice wires together or buy a Y-splitter but all of the fans on that channel will be under the same control scheme...just can't exceed the watt ratings of 20W per channel in analog mode and 40W/channel in PWM mode and 80W total for all channels. The average 120mm fan is only ~4W though.

These things are great IMO...if you can't do what you want with one it probably can't be done...

http://www.t-balancer.com/english/software.htm
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April 6, 2010 4:36:33 AM

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April 6, 2010 4:38:03 AM

makalu said:
mCubed T-Balancer's will do it....there's the miniNG with two channels and the BigNG with four. I've not used a miniNG but I have a BigNG and an older XL model no longer made.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

you can put more than one fan on one channel if you splice wires together or buy a Y-splitter but all of the fans on that channel will be under the same control scheme...just can't exceed the watt ratings of 20W per channel in analog mode and 40W/channel in PWM mode and 80W total for all channels. The average 120mm fan is only ~4W though.

These things are great IMO...if you can't do what you want with one it probably can't be done...

http://www.t-balancer.com/english/software.htm


Yeah that looks like exactly what I was thinking! I appreciate the links. Its a little more spendy than I anticipated but it looks like it will do the job very well.
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April 6, 2010 2:21:13 PM

The Sunbeam Theta fan controller was a much simpler and cheaper alternative but did what most people want (assign a fan curve to a temperature probe) but they aren't made anymore. You may get lucky and find a used one for sale somewhere though.
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April 6, 2010 3:52:35 PM

makalu said:
The Sunbeam Theta fan controller was a much simpler and cheaper alternative but did what most people want (assign a fan curve to a temperature probe) but they aren't made anymore. You may get lucky and find a used one for sale somewhere though.


Yeah, I found exactly that, but then tried to find a place to buy it, and couldn't find a thing. I wonder why they stopped making it. I read somewhere there were driver issues with Vista.
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April 6, 2010 5:42:05 PM

yeah I dunno...it didn't take long for them to sell out the inventory so it's hard to think it wasn't profitable. Wouldn't surprise me if there were driver issues with Vista since that was/is common with a lot of devices. I have one btw (yes, I'm a control freak!) but I don't have Vista so dunno how it works there.
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