Yes, the fan is plugged in to the mobo.
I did a check in the BIOS (where I observed the CPU FAN RPM speeds). I'll do a more thorough check and see if I can find anything when I get home. This is my first MSI board so I was not as familiar with the BIOS menus.
Thanks for the quick responses.
Any cheap (~30) and quiet recommendations for coolers that fit the AM3 without mount modifiation for the worse case situation?
I am assuming any AM2 will fit as by looks it does not look as if anything has changed with respects to mounting the heatsink and fan.