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February 29, 2012 2:47:36 AM

Finally I am fed up with the noise and decided to buy a fan controller.

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

I am not buying from newegg ( not in USA ) and this is the only fan controller available in local shops in my country.. :(  I have 4 fans in my casing.. All are cooler master LED 120mm fans. 1xRear , 1xFront , 2xSide panel. I searched for threads about those things and then i got to know that i should have a 4 pin connector if i want to connect fans to motherboard and control the speed. With 3 pin fan speed only.

So my problem is, is this same with the fan controller? My fans have 3 pin connector. Can i control these fan speeds without 4 pin connector?

Thanks all.

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February 29, 2012 5:44:10 AM
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I had the same problem with my Xilence fan controller and the case fans ( also Coolermaster). I used without any 4 pin adapter. Just i plugged the three pin conector from fans into 4 pin from fan controller and everyting worked great.
February 29, 2012 6:10:52 AM

A good lookm around this site should answer some questions.

http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products

The Zalman fan mate looks cheap and handy for single fan control.

If your bios has fan speed profiling in it, it may be an idea to change some of your existing fans for
4 pin PWM fans which change speed according to temp.

I have 7 fans in my rig , including 4 controlled by the H100 water cooler and its no noisier than my old machine's psu.

P/S The fractal arc fans are darn quiet
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February 29, 2012 8:18:28 AM

sosofm said:
I had the same problem with my Xilence fan controller and the case fans ( also Coolermaster). I used without any 4 pin adapter. Just i plugged the three pin conector from fans into 4 pin from fan controller and everyting worked great.


I have never used a fan controller before.. So if i lower my fan speed into something near 600rpm, will there be a good reduction of noise?
February 29, 2012 8:27:09 AM

mahatmacoat said:
A good lookm around this site should answer some questions.

http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products

The Zalman fan mate looks cheap and handy for single fan control.

If your bios has fan speed profiling in it, it may be an idea to change some of your existing fans for
4 pin PWM fans which change speed according to temp.

I have 7 fans in my rig , including 4 controlled by the H100 water cooler and its no noisier than my old machine's psu.

P/S The fractal arc fans are darn quiet


No way buying those things in that site from local shops. This is the only fan controller i found in local shops in my country.. :pt1cable:  1 month ago i bought two dust filters after going to at least 20 shops. 99% of them have never heard about dust filters. :p  So if i ask them about something like "Anti-Vibration Silicone Washers" they would get faint.
February 29, 2012 8:47:05 AM

Yes with a fan controller will be a good reduction of noise.
February 29, 2012 11:20:20 AM

sosofm said:
Yes with a fan controller will be a good reduction of noise.


I am sorry more questions. Can i turn off the fans when i want?
February 29, 2012 11:28:36 AM

Depends on the fan controller , with some you can turn off the fans , with other you can't the fans will run at a minimum rotation.
With this some customers say you can turn off the fans Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25 Fan Controller http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 29, 2012 12:12:46 PM

lakshitharxx said:
No way buying those things in that site from local shops. This is the only fan controller i found in local shops in my country.. :pt1cable:  1 month ago i bought two dust filters after going to at least 20 shops. 99% of them have never heard about dust filters. :p  So if i ask them about something like "Anti-Vibration Silicone Washers" they would get faint.


Oh I see, you seem uto be up against it...at least you have a sense of humour :lol: 

Where are you based, if you wish to say?
February 29, 2012 2:12:16 PM

mahatmacoat said:
Oh I see, you seem uto be up against it...at least you have a sense of humour :lol: 

Where are you based, if you wish to say?


Sri Lanka. Actually there is few shops which import those products. I think when the hardware manufactures export their products to Asian countries there is a price increase. Specially when it comes to VGA Cards. Sometimes there is 100$+ difference between Newegg and local shops ( for high end cards ). 50$+ difference in mid range cards. I recently bought a Asus GTX550 ti for 183$ and it was only 130$ in Newegg. :cry: 
February 29, 2012 3:31:38 PM

lakshitharxx said:
Sri Lanka. Actually there is few shops which import those products. I think when the hardware manufactures export their products to Asian countries there is a price increase. Specially when it comes to VGA Cards. Sometimes there is 100$+ difference between Newegg and local shops ( for high end cards ). 50$+ difference in mid range cards. I recently bought a Asus GTX550 ti for 183$ and it was only 130$ in Newegg. :cry: 



Yeah, I suppose it could be down to a number of factors, the numbers sold, Government import duties, that kind of thing. Mind you , historically, the UK price of anything has often been the same figure in (£) sterling as it has been in dollars on the US market. Some of this again is down to numbers , but a lot is down to huge taxes , both UK and those imposed by the awfull dictatorial EU.

Having said that, have you thought of buying in from abroad? Sure its a mixed scenario, but the site I posted earlier in the thread, the prices shown would be light 20% as VAT is only levied in EU countries . This could of course weigh off against the bank and carriage charges you will be hit with....Could be worth investigation. On the other hand , perhaps the import taxes into Sri Lanka are steep , I don't know.

Ok, there may well be warranty problems with expensive kit, but with fans and the odd controller or two, perhaps worth the risk?

P/S I've always thought of Sri Lanka as Ceylon, I think many Britishers do....The Galle Face hotel in Colombo is on my list of places to visit...one day I hope :) 
March 1, 2012 4:31:19 AM

mahatmacoat said:
Yeah, I suppose it could be down to a number of factors, the numbers sold, Government import duties, that kind of thing. Mind you , historically, the UK price of anything has often been the same figure in (£) sterling as it has been in dollars on the US market. Some of this again is down to numbers , but a lot is down to huge taxes , both UK and those imposed by the awfull dictatorial EU.

Having said that, have you thought of buying in from abroad? Sure its a mixed scenario, but the site I posted earlier in the thread, the prices shown would be light 20% as VAT is only levied in EU countries . This could of course weigh off against the bank and carriage charges you will be hit with....Could be worth investigation. On the other hand , perhaps the import taxes into Sri Lanka are steep , I don't know.

Ok, there may well be warranty problems with expensive kit, but with fans and the odd controller or two, perhaps worth the risk?

P/S I've always thought of Sri Lanka as Ceylon, I think many Britishers do....The Galle Face hotel in Colombo is on my list of places to visit...one day I hope :) 


:)  Welcome to Sri Lanka.. :) 
March 1, 2012 4:33:05 AM

sosofm said:
Depends on the fan controller , with some you can turn off the fans , with other you can't the fans will run at a minimum rotation.
With this some customers say you can turn off the fans Scythe Kaze Master Pro 5.25 Fan Controller http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I bought the controller.. It allows to turn off the fan.. Sadly minimum rpm is like 600.. 600rpm or turn off.. :(  Thank you sosofm..
March 1, 2012 4:33:28 AM

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