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Fan connector connectivity issue with fan header on motherboard

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September 26, 2012 3:41:13 PM

I'm planning to install a Corsair Hydro Series H100 Dual Radiator which has a "3-Pin" connector on
ASUS's P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard which has six 4-Pin fan headers.

Q:So, how to connect the Radiator's fan connector to the 4-Pin header?

Would I be needing 3-Pin to 4-Pin fan connectors to do that or is there any other way?
a c 160 V Motherboard
September 26, 2012 3:54:05 PM

The three pin connector will fit into a 4 pin header no problem - it's just slightly offset.
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September 26, 2012 4:19:52 PM

there are 4 pins viz.
in order from left to right
[1]CPU Fan PWM [2]CPU Fan In [3]CPU Fan PWR [4]GND

So,which one of these configurations, the 3 pin fan connector should be installed from [1]-[2]-[3] or [2]-[3]-[4]?
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a c 160 V Motherboard
September 26, 2012 7:51:30 PM

They'll go into 2-3-4 but there is a plastic tab on the header and a channel on the 3 pin plug, it'll only fit one way so you really don't even need to know the PWM isn't connected. If you plug the 3 pin into the CPU_fan header, the motherboard may not like it and may declare a CPU fan failure (because it will know it cannot control the fan speed but will want to) but it might run fine also.
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September 27, 2012 6:03:48 AM

So,in short, there's no need to worry,right?

And suppose if I go with a 3-Pin to 4-Pin fan convertor and connect it to 4-Pin header...then will it work fine too?
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a c 160 V Motherboard
September 27, 2012 6:27:52 AM

I wouldn't even bother with a converter unless your motherboard doesn't like having the three pin... I think you should be okay.
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September 27, 2012 6:44:21 AM

Thanks! :) 
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September 27, 2012 6:48:43 AM

Best answer selected by WDakhane.
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