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So really I was just wondering if anyone has done this before, a fan controller that uses the USB internal header for software control. Obviously as it's quite hard for an external peripheral to get data from on board sensors it'd have to use software to get the temps. If this isn't a commercial product has anyone attempted it themself? It doesn't seem to hard, a micro-controller which supports PWM and then either some FETs, a buck converter or a linear regulator. Has anyone else tried this? If not it's something I might look into....
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Bitfenix Recon uses USB to control the fan speeds using software or you can manually adjust it using the touch screen.
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Thanks, I might have to get one.
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They're pretty awesome. Love mine. Even allows you to turn the fans off completely.
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post #5 of 7
Aquaero 5 does pretty much all of that and then some. LT version isn't so expensive.
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yeah, the aquaero is great for this. Other good options: Alphacool Heatmaster and T-Balancer bigNG

although these might be overkill as far as features and options go.

if you just want to control a few fans i would suggest getting a good board with good fan control for your next build.
Edited by Elohim - 8/24/12 at 4:13pm
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post #7 of 7
This unit looks like she is internal and is able to run off the 12V Molex connector programmed via internal USB to control up to 9 independent fans.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/25195/bus-396/Aquacomputer_USB_Poweradjust_3_-_Standard_Version_53166.html
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