Originally Posted by Strata
So I originally posted this in the correct ASRock Z77 forum, but those guys don't seem very responsive. I have a Z77 Extreme6 motherboard, and I am trying to figure out what would be the most optimal connection setup for my fans, that is the quietest and most cooling. I have 3 Cougar Vortex PWM 120mm, 2 as front intake, and 1 as rear exhaust, the motherboard has 4 pin on Chassis 1, and 3 pin on Chassis 2 & 3 as well as Power Fan 1.
Reading around the net seems to imply that none of the Chassis headers are linked like the CPU fan headers were, and worse, that none of them run the same speeds.
Anyone familiar with running an ASRock board in the XB, or have any tips/tricks/advice, all is appreciated.
I've got the Asrock Fatality Performance Z77. My Fan headers on the board are same with yours.
If you would have 1 more 4 pin onboard, it would be perfect, but not needed. The 4th pin is just to control the temps. for adjusting fan speeds, 3-pin fans are enough. so you can put the rear onto one 3-pin connector. then you should look for a 4-pin y-adapter for your 2 front fans. this adapter then to the 4-pin header onboard
If you want to get the best compromise between volume and cooling performance, you should think about a fan controler. Then you got the biggest freedom.
If you buy one , they mostly have just 3 pin connectors, but that's no problem because they can also be adjusted as you wish. In your case, I would choose a fan controler, that can run automatically and manually. A good one (and not very expensive) would be the Bitfenix Recon (in black or white). http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/recon/
The Recon supports 3 pin Fans, but the connectors are so made, that you also can put your 4 pin fans onto it. there is enough place on the sides.
Me myself have 2x 4 pin fans (at the moment Akasa Apache 140mm) on it (2 in front), one 80mm 3-pin and one 120mm on right side panel. all fits perfect.
Hope this could help you a little bit, if yes, feel free to press REP+Edited by sascha1102 - 6/12/13 at 9:00am