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3 Pin CPU Cooler with 4 Pin CPU_FAN slot..?

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July 22, 2011 11:05:10 PM

Hey guys.

I'm building my new PC and I ran into a problem. I have a Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 Motherboard which has a 4 Pin CPU_FAN slot, but my Noctua NH-C14 has a 3 Pin Connector. Is there an adapter I need or something? Thanks in advance!

Mike

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July 22, 2011 11:22:31 PM

you can still connect it but fan control might not work

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs...
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July 22, 2011 11:24:24 PM

awesome. thank you so much! so i'm guessing the fan/fans will just run at full speed all the time then? hopefully thats the case.
thanks again!
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July 22, 2011 11:32:17 PM

yes i think it may run at full speed --noctua should still be pretty quiet even at full speed -- just take a quick look when you turn it on to be sure its spinning--but i dont think you can do it wrong the pictures pretty clear
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July 23, 2011 9:14:09 AM

Definitely can connect three pin fan into a four pin connector.

I don't know about that motherboard, but there are a few which can do fan control on a 3 pin fan from the 4 pin connector - the 3 pin connector is so common.

Alternatively, I'm fairly sure that the Noctua comes with their voltage lowering cables - you plug one in between the fan and the connector, and the fan runs at a lower voltage and consequently lower speed.
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August 2, 2011 10:12:32 PM

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