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CPU Fan Pin Compatibility

Last response: in Systems
April 21, 2012 4:38:01 PM

Hello people of the System forums. So I have been wanting to get a new CPU fan to replace my stock (it is loud loud loud) and i found one to seem to be the one.

How ever i have run into a conflict, I checked my mother board has a 4 pin CPU fan connecter and not a 3 pin like the fan I have found requires. So my question is will it fit with one pin hanging lose.

My Specs are in the signature.

Thank You!

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April 21, 2012 4:40:51 PM

Yes, the fan connector will fit over the the 4-pin connector on the motherboard; one pin on the board will be un-connected.
April 21, 2012 4:58:11 PM

Best answer selected by MrKopaka1016.
April 21, 2012 8:04:42 PM

To further explain:
3pin connector pinouts are ground, +12V and tachometer.
4pin connector adds a pin for speed control (pulse width modulation)

Also to note; you can still control your fan speed on a 3pin connector. It can be controlled with adjusting voltages if your bios supports it.