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4 Pin Molex Power to 3 Pin Fan Header

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So I purchased a Vantec Tornado for use with my VRM cooling. As you can see in that picture it has the 3 pin connector that goes to a fan header, and 2 4 pin molex connectors. (male and female) Now I don't know exactly why, but I can't stand the big 4 pin molex connectors. I so far do not have any in my case, and I really don't want to start now.

If i purchase these 3 pin connectors and put the power and ground into that 3 pin connector would I then be able to simply plug it into a fan header with no problems? I read somewhere that fans need more power when starting up and that it could draw to much power from the fan headers when it does, thus frying your mobo. That article that I read was from 2007 and I know motherboards these days can handle alot more power flowing through them. Is this still something to be concerned with?
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Operating current draw is: .76 A at 12v, Power 9.1 W. I would not plug that into any MB fan header.
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That is unfortunate news. Thank you though!
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Check your mb specs- EVGA boards, for example, support 1A draw per mb fan header.
 
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That is unfortunate news. Thank you though!
Well you have some options. You can still wire the fan for 3-pin, then get a 3-Speed PCI Bracket Fan Controller. I use this for my PSU fan and keep it on low 99% of the time. With a little modification, this should keep things tidy and keep the Tornado under control.
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I've tried to do some research on what the fan headers on the P6X58D Premium can handle, but so far I haven't found anything =/
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I've tried to do some research on what the fan headers on the P6X58D Premium can handle, but so far I haven't found anything =/
Should be in your users manual. And if it's not there, write tech support.

But really, I'd leave that sucker be. And heck, with a 55 dB noise, well . . .
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