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Fan controller causing additional fan noise

I recently bought this fan controller which caused my 180mm fan to make a strange buzzing vibration noise. I cannot replicate the noise when the fan is plugged straight into the PSU.

This is the controller I'm returning, and the fan I'm using which was having problems when wired through the controller:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835220039

A comment on the Newegg reviews for the controller says someone had a similar problem with certain Coolermaster fans and that the problem persisted across several different model controllers he tried. I've already decided to return the fan controller, but I am left debating whether I should try another model controller or entirely drop the idea of using a controller.

Any recommendations or advice?

Thanks!
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  1. Have you tried a different plug for the fan?
  2. Yep, tried it in the other slots of the fan controller, same problem unfortunately.
  3. Best answer
    i have 3 air penetrator fans on my fan controller with no problems or buzzing so its likely the controller

    i use this one

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illuminated-fan-crontroller-with-six-50w-channels-5-led-colours-slider-controls
  4. mcnumpty23 said:
    i have 3 air penetrator fans on my fan controller with no problems or buzzing so its likely the controller

    i use this one

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/nzxt-sentry-mix-led-illuminated-fan-crontroller-with-six-50w-channels-5-led-colours-slider-controls


    Thank you! Will give that one a a try.
  5. Best answer selected by gmkos.
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