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Psu fan problem

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October 6, 2012 10:17:13 PM

Hi guys
I bought replace fan for the psu and when i connect it to the unit it wont spin, i dont know why. When i connect it to the motherboard it works properly. Can i install it in the psu and pull out a wire and connect it to the motherboard?

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a b ) Power supply
a c 233 V Motherboard
October 6, 2012 10:27:21 PM

Does the fan have the same characteristics as the old one? Does the old one still work or did it stop spinning? The PSU fan should be controlled by the PSU itself, but if you bought the correct fan and the old one also won't spin, then the circuit controlling the fan may have failed.
October 6, 2012 10:32:50 PM

Old fan
New fan
Old fan it is still spining but it is loud as hell, i tried ti clean it with no success. When i connect new fan and power up the psu it gives a half spin or something and then it stops. As far as i know psu fan is spining at full speed all the time, or am i wrong? If it spins at the full speed then there should be no problems if i connect it to the motherboard.
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a b ) Power supply
a b V Motherboard
October 7, 2012 12:36:06 AM

Some PSU's do their own fan's speed control internally. This means the fan does NOT start up right away, but does start a bit later when the PSU warms up.

Try this test. Re-install the old fan and wait until the PSU is cool. Turn things on and watch that PSU fan right away. If it starts right away, your PSU is not waiting for it to heat up. But if it stays off for a while and then starts, that is exactly what your new fan will do, also, when you install it.
a b ) Power supply
a c 233 V Motherboard
October 7, 2012 12:57:46 AM

Unless you have a crappy PSU, the fan should spin only as fast as it needs to. It should spin at full speed only when the PSU needs it; otherwise it probably will be noisy.

Old fan: 85.2 CFM (145 m³/h), 0.37A, 4.44W
New fan: 93,4 m³/h (55 CFM), 0.05A , 0.6W

While the new fan definitely is quieter, that's a significant difference. If you never use that PSU close to it's rated output, then it may work. Personnally I would install a quieter fan having similar characteristics.
October 7, 2012 6:34:44 AM

The old fan starts right away. I have a Corsair HX650W. Psu has only two wires powering up the fan, so it does not have any way to monitor the speed or regulate it.
a b ) Power supply
a c 233 V Motherboard
October 7, 2012 4:13:41 PM

It regulates the fan speed by varying the voltage supplied to it. If the fan runs at full speed all the time, then there's something wrong with the PSU.