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Windows 7: Fan speed ?!

13 Jul 2010   #1
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 
Fan speed ?!

I recently bought two new fans for my desktop. (Rocketfish Gaming 120mm Fans) And Im new to this, but im assuming that 400-500 RPM is low as the CPU fan is running at 1500+. I believe the problem may lie in the fact that I plugged the fan (4pin) into a 3pin because I had no other 4pin slots. Is there a way to add more 4pin slots without buying a new mobo, or does the problem lie elsewhere?!?


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13 Jul 2010   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Compaker,

You can connect a 4-pin fan to a 3-pin header, but you will need to make sure that the end with the red wire is connected on pin 1 (should be labled as 1 on the motherboard). When you connect a 4-pin fan to a 3-pin header, it will always be on at full speed with no fan control option. This is what the 4th pin is for.

The link below can help show you more details on this.

Desktop Boards - 3-Pin and 4-Pin fan connectors

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Jul 2010   #3
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 

thanks for replying, but the connecter on the fan has two little notches, and the motherboards 3-pin has a plastic piece that fits between those notches. The only way to connect the fan is to line it up in those notches, where i had it originally. The red wire is not on the end, it is on the 2nd connector. Is it possible that the speeds im getting are what the fan was designed for?
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13 Jul 2010   #4
Nikkeli

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Probably not, usually lowest rpm on fans based on what i've seen is around 800 and that's low.
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13 Jul 2010   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Here's a better wire diagram that should help more.

Motherboard (CPU) 3 Pin Fan Connector Connector Pinout - AllPinouts

That fan is only rated for 44 cfm airflow, so it is a pretty low speed fan.
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13 Jul 2010   #6
Compaker

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 




hope this helps tell if I have it setup right

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13 Jul 2010   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In other news.... If you have a capable motherboard & fan, the motherboad's 4 pin header can vary the speed of a fan with a 3-pin connector.... https://www.sevenforums.com/overclock...tml#post809371

Just FYI as I know that's not what your problem was/is
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14 Jul 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Compaker,

It appears that you have it connected properly and all. It's just that it's only a 44 CFM fan running at most 1200 RPM with 23.5dBA, so it will not run very fast or loud.

http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/pr...RF-120FAN.html
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