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Windows 7: 2 120mm fans on Asus z87-a motherboard?

09 Jul 2013   #1
charkzilla20

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
2 120mm fans on Asus z87-a motherboard?

hey
before I get a motherboard, I'm between the z87-a and the z87 pro. I have 4 case fans, and on the z87-a, there's only 3 care fan headers. Would it be bad to run 2 120mm fans off the same header using a y cable?
Thanks guys


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09 Jul 2013   #2
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

You have said Y cable? [aka. splitter]

I would check with the mobo manufacturer to be certain.

Consider all the upgrades on the Pro though vs. price difference, at least that is what I always do.
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10 Jul 2013   #3
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

you can use one of these (fan-molex connectors), and you'll be sure no harm done to the mobo
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10 Jul 2013   #4
roy69

Windows 7 64bit home premium
 
 

Check the cable that you are going to use. Some Y cables like the one above do not take into account speed settings for fans. I would have one of your fans connected to the PSU and the other 3 connected to the mobo. If you have a rear or top fan then I would suggest connecting that to the PSU directly.
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10 Jul 2013   #5
Faladu

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

boba's splitter is probably fine for a plain case fan with no speed controls, forgot about those, I bought a nice set of case fans for $15 for 4 on newegg, only used 1, but I know those break or get so dirty, and it's nice to just replace if it's over 2 years old, so I am prepared!

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack - Newegg.com
^reasonable case fans^

I am indeed running 4 case fans, but 2 are special ones that came with the case, and at least 1 is a weird shape, I hope it lasts forever!
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10 Jul 2013   #6
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

I would think any new mobo would handle two 120's, using a splitter off the system fan connector. My GB990fxa runs three 200's and a 120 off the system header using a splitter and bios for speed control.
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10 Jul 2013   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

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10 Jul 2013   #8
roy69

Windows 7 64bit home premium
 
 

you could use an alternative idea, a fan controller connected directly to the psu. This will negate the problem of connectors on your mobo and may allow for extra options that you had not thought of.
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11 Jul 2013   #9
charkzilla20

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

thanks for all the responses guys

I was hoping to be able to use ASUS's Fan Expert 2 in the BIOS to control the case fans, which is why I want to put all the case fans on the mobo.

But after evaluating my options between the pro vs the a, I think I'm going to get the Pro.
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