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post #91 of 126
I am not quite sure about this setup. But if it means that both pumps will run on one channel, then it will not work. It will draw too much power. Your main problem will be the generated heat on the voltage regulator. Keep in mind that the aquaero works with an analog voltage control. Lowering the voltage means that you increase the resistance which leads to a higher thermal dissipation loss.

By the way: a single channel of the aquaero can handle up to 1.65A at 12V. 6A is the maximum overall rating for everything together.
post #92 of 126
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Originally Posted by Shoggy View Post

I am not quite sure about this setup. But if it means that both pumps will run on one channel, then it will not work. It will draw too much power. Your main problem will be the generated heat on the voltage regulator. Keep in mind that the aquaero works with an analog voltage control. Lowering the voltage means that you increase the resistance which leads to a higher thermal dissipation loss.
By the way: a single channel of the aquaero can handle up to 1.65A at 12V. 6A is the maximum overall rating for everything together.

I thought that the water cooler block would dissipate the heat, no?

So, the MCP35x2 is essentially 2 MCP35x pumps, only controlled by a PWM signal splitter cable. One 3-pin header controls 1 pump, and the PWM header controls the other pump and the speed control.

As Phatboy69 has already demonstrated that you can drive 2 D5 pumps from 2 controllers on the A5 (as long as they are channels 2 and 4), I'm a little lost at your response, so maybe I said it the wrong way?

Originally, I said:
Quote:
A5 w/Water Block Option
F1: Fans 1/3/5 (360mm Rad Top Fans)
F2: Pump 3-pin Connector
F3: Fans 2/4/6 (360mm Rad Bot Fans)
F4 (PWM): Pump PWM Connector

Each of those "F" is (I think) a separate channel, right?

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So, instead of F1, F2, F3, F4, maybe I should have said:
Quote:
A5 w/Water Block Option
3-Pin Fan Header 1: Fans 1/3/5 (360mm Rad Top Fans) - 1W, .24A (total)
3-Pin Fan Header 2: Pump 3-pin Connector - 18W, 1.5A
3-Pin Fan Header 3: Fans 2/4/6 (360mm Rad Bot Fans) - 1W, .24A (total)
4-Pin PWM Header: Pump PWM Connector - 18W, 1.5A

Does that then work? My main concerns was that running 3 fans on channels 1 and 3 would additionally draw .5 AMP @ 12V (total), and I didn't want to overdo it. Phatboy69 only had PA2 Fans and Exhaust Fans on his channel 1 and 3 (respectively).

Thanks again
-Bn
Edited by Blacknoir - 5/19/12 at 3:59pm
post #93 of 126
The waterblock helps to max out the voltage regulators to their 1.65A per channel. The aquaero also monitors the power consumption of each channel so you can not go beyond this limit. It only allows a short "overload" to make sure that things like a pump will spin up correctly since they draw up to 30W and more when doing that.

The point that confuses me is that you mention the pump two times. So when the pump is PWM controlled - why do you want to power it by the aquaero? Just connect it directly to the PSU and use the PWM wire on the 4th channel to control the speed. This way the pump will not draw any power from the aquaero.
post #94 of 126
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Originally Posted by Shoggy View Post

The waterblock helps to max out the voltage regulators to their 1.65A per channel. The aquaero also monitors the power consumption of each channel so you can not go beyond this limit. It only allows a short "overload" to make sure that things like a pump will spin up correctly since they draw up to 30W and more when doing that.
The point that confuses me is that you mention the pump two times. So when the pump is PWM controlled - why do you want to power it by the aquaero? Just connect it directly to the PSU and use the PWM wire on the 4th channel to control the speed. This way the pump will not draw any power from the aquaero.

I think that I've actually been operating under the incorrect assumption that the pump was powered by the 3-pin and 4-pin connectors, when it's not.

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Both pumps have molexes for power. So in that case, the power shouldn't be an issue, and the only thing that will be going to the Aquaero is fan RPM signals.

I apologize for confusing the issue, Shoggy. I probably should read more before I ask stupid questions.

-Bn
Edited by Blacknoir - 5/20/12 at 10:54am
post #95 of 126
Right, you only have to connect the PWM wire with a splitter to the aquaero (4th channel pin 4) and you can also connect one rpm wire to it (4th channel pin 3).
post #96 of 126
I just picked one of these up and so far its pretty awesome.

I have 2 of the really old first gen Aquastream pumps, and I was able to power them off of a Multiswitch USB which is hooked up to the aquaero 5. Is there any way to control the pumps this way? I've tried to connect the multiswitch to the PC but none of the available software finds it.
post #97 of 126
I have been thinking of a AE5 XT version. What is needed to control 2 pumps and 4 fans? I see some places that this is only good for 1 pump. Please help!
post #98 of 126
To run two pumps you will have to use the water block. Depending on the pumps that you want to use you might need adapter to connect them to the standard 3 pin fan port on the aquaero. You will also need y-adapters for the fans since two ports are already in use by the pumps. If you need four independent channels for the fans, than you could get an aquaero 5 LT as slave device or two poweradjust 2 standard controllers in addition but this variant is more expensive.
post #99 of 126
Thank you for the response! I will have to use the water block to get more power on each channel, right? I will be using Laing DDC-Plus pumps.

Will I be able to adjust the speed of the pumps?

Sorry for all the questions. Just want to be sure before buying.
post #100 of 126
You would connect the pumps like a normal fan so you can adjust their speed by the voltage.

If we take it technically the waterblock does offer more power because the power is already there but limited by the temperature because the device will set the channel to 100% in the first step if it is overheating or shuts it down in the second step if the temperature is still rising. So to be able to get the possible maximum out of the device you will need a good cooling. In this case the next limit will be the power itself. Each channel can not provide more than 20W (60W combined for all) which is also monitored to avoid damages through overloads. Short peaks above this limit are no problem (e. g. when a pump is spinning up).
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