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Hey guys. I plan to get an NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller. I will be pairing this with 3 scythe gentle typhoons AP-15s and 2 more GT AP-30s 4250rpm. As I understand it the lower rpm AP-15s use a 3-pin fan header so I should be able to connect this to the Sentry Mesh which uses a 3 pin fan connector as well with no problems.

However when it comes to the AP-30s I'm a little confused. It comes with a 4-pin molex connector and a separate 3-pin rpm line. How do I go about connecting this to the fan controller such that it is both powered and controlled via the controller?

Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
    
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Hi mate

Have you ever done soldering before? Or have a fine tip soldering iron

When i ordered mine i got them to stick 3-pin fan header on. Then modded that to how i wanted it. You need something like this this will do the trick, you could already have some from other fans laying around with that adapter. <--- This will solve it for you

But if you know someone that can tin with a soldering iron, check this out here so you know where the sensor wire goes (in case it has none attached) http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling...n-pwm-mod.html and check ebay for some thing like this but not 25 of them

Black = Negative
Red = Positive
Only need them for your controller
Yellow = Sensor -- > gives rpm, not need without lcd

Dont know your level, but a bit of every thing there for you
Edited by Tigerpaws - 7/24/11 at 7:22am
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I agree with Tigerpaws, but if you have never/don't feel confortable soldering, there are

already made for these specific fans.

I do not trust my soldering abilities, hence i gotta look for premade alternatives, even tho i have made many mods like that myself.
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Hey guys. I plan to get an NZXT Sentry Mesh fan controller. I will be pairing this with 3 scythe gentle typhoons AP-15s and 2 more GT AP-30s 4250rpm. As I understand it the lower rpm AP-15s use a 3-pin fan header so I should be able to connect this to the Sentry Mesh which uses a 3 pin fan connector as well with no problems.

However when it comes to the AP-30s I'm a little confused. It comes with a 4-pin molex connector and a separate 3-pin rpm line. How do I go about connecting this to the fan controller such that it is both powered and controlled via the controller?

Any help is appreciated! Thanks.

What do you mean "pairing"? How are you going to arrange your fan channels?

EACH AP-30 pulls 1.35A@12V on start. That is 16.2W. You cannot pair AP-30s on the same channel at full speed, on a 30W/channel controller. There's a reason Scythe put molex instead of 3-pin on the end. The high RPM GTs pull a snot-load of current on start-up, and only decent quality fan controllers can handle them.
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What do you mean "pairing"? How are you going to arrange your fan channels?

EACH AP-30 pulls 1.35A@12V on start. That is 16.2W. You cannot pair AP-30s on the same channel at full speed, on a 30W/channel controller. There's a reason Scythe put molex instead of 3-pin on the end. The high RPM GTs pull a snot-load of current on start-up, and only decent quality fan controllers can handle them.
His fan controller has 5 "knobs", and he is using 5 fans, so it would be good to assume 1 fan per controller. Plus, each channel can power up 30w. Even with the high speed GT's he'll be fine.

Hell, i could easily power up a server-grade fan for like 3 days (don't know brand, but it is a 4k RPM fan, and around 17.5w) on my Nexus NXP-205-BK.
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When i ordered mine i got them to stick 3-pin fan header on. Then modded that to how i wanted it. You need something like this this will do the trick, you could already have some from other fans laying around with that adapter. <--- This will solve it for you
Quote:
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I agree with Tigerpaws, but if you have never/don't feel confortable soldering, there are adapters already made for these specific fans.

I do not trust my soldering abilities, hence i gotta look for premade alternatives, even tho i have made many mods like that myself.
Cool thanks! I think I will go for one of these ready made adapters. Have not been within 10 feet of a soldering iron in my life lol.

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His fan controller has 5 "knobs", and he is using 5 fans, so it would be good to assume 1 fan per controller. Plus, each channel can power up 30w. Even with the high speed GT's he'll be fine.
Yea that's right I'll be hooking up 1 fan per controller.
    
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Just be sure to get the right one, link i gave was for the male adapter, you need female, srry, only just noticed

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...tl=g47c251s634
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Now why do you have AP-30's? What do you do with them?

If you are using your AP-30's for a heatsink, you'd be better off converting them to PWM. See my sig.

With PWM control you can let your PSU give those fans power while letting them get their speed adjustment from the motherboard.
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Now why do you have AP-30's? What do you do with them?

If you are using your AP-30's for a heatsink, you'd be better off converting them to PWM. See my sig.

With PWM control you can let your PSU give those fans power while letting them get their speed adjustment from the motherboard.
I want to use them for intake fans actually.
    
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I want to use them for intake fans actually.
Now those are quite the intake fans xD

As long as your fan controller can handle them (and it will), you'll be OK.
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