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Can i plug a 3 pin or 4 pin into a 5 pin connector on the motherboard?

Last response: in CPUs
March 2, 2013 9:06:15 PM

ello everyone, yesterday i made a thread about my cpu fan being broke so i went and got a replacement fan today from my brothers place problem is its a 3 pin connector and the connector on the motherboard is a 5 pin. so would i be ok if i plugged the 3 pin into the 5 pin slot?

and i also have a another fan that would work its 4 pin though. would that work in a 5 pin if the 3 pin dont?

and one last thing the cpu fan had a broken blade so i broke the 2 more blades off to balance it out. would i be able to use it if the other fans i have dont work?

thanks in advance.
March 2, 2013 9:35:27 PM

What motherboard do you own. fans and motherboard fan connectors are typically 3pin or 4pin (the fourth allows for variable speed control) a 3 pin fan is able to connect to a 4 pin motherboard header.