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Windows 7: Adding a Fan with no Free Ports - Fan Controller?

19 Jul 2012   #1
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Adding a Fan with no Free Ports - Fan Controller?

Hi

I want to add another fan (possibly two) to finish off my cooling refurbishment but I have ran out of fan ports on the motherboard.

Is a fan controller my best bet?

Are they easy to install (inc. fans)?

Are there any particularly good ones out there?

Many thanks for any help.

Best

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19 Jul 2012   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What kind of fan? Where is it going? You can buy fans that connect to a standard power supply molex connector.
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19 Jul 2012   #3
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Here is an interesting solution.

Newegg.com - Evercool Model EC-DF002 11.81" Supports 3 PWM Fans From Single PWM Header

Fans are powered from the PSU (Molex) but the fan speed is controlled by the Motherboard.

Jim
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19 Jul 2012   #4
mrdemon

Windows 7 Home Pre
 
 

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You can buy fans that connect to a standard power supply molex connector.
Arr but you cant control them when there like that.

There are multi Fan controllers out there that will fin into a floppy socket, http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/230821623234?var=lv<yp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&adtype=pla
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19 Jul 2012   #5
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I haven't brought the fan yet, so all suggestions are good.

Size 120mm to 140mm to go on the back panel to complete an air-in-front & air-out-back set up.

The molex suggestion is excellent.

Many thanks indeed.

Regards
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19 Jul 2012   #6
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

The Molex is the simplest method if you want to run the fans at full speed as it just draws power from the PSU. My fans came with a small adapter cable to convert from 4-pin fan connector to Molex. Lots of places have these adapters.

Jim
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19 Jul 2012   #7
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks all for the help.

I'll put one of my free Molex connectors to work asap.

The info is greatly appreciated.

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19 Jul 2012   #8
smarteyeball

 
 

And if you still want to control the fans speed connected via molex, there are plenty of fan controllers available. (which are connected via molex too)
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19 Jul 2012   #9
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I have a HTPC case that has two 120mm case fans that are powered by molex, and they each have a small fan speed controller - a tiny slider on a small cube, connected via a 6 inch cable. That's an option you could try.
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19 Jul 2012   #10
JRockZ

Win 7 64 Ultimate
 
 

I have a neat little thing, i forget what its called or who its made by but its sort of an oval shaped object that you plug a powered molex into the center of and it had 6 3pin fan ports, 3 on each side as well as it has led lights at each fan plug too,, i think i bought it at frys long ago for 5 bucks or so
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