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Is it possible to use a fan controller to connect to pump and control its power?
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I have seen a few threads about this on here. here is one of them..
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209150/use-fan-controller-on-pump
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I have seen a few threads about this on here. here is one of them..
http://www.overclock.net/t/1209150/use-fan-controller-on-pump

Thanks, +Rep
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What pump?
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What pump?

PMP-500 by Koolance
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PMP-500 by Koolance

You need a very specific controller to handle that pump.

Here is a thread about that pump. Starting at post 14, I introduced the controller issues. As a result, Koolance modified their product information to

"Please note, the CTR-SPD12X2 and TMS-205 are unable to support this pump due to power constraints. For compatible speed control the CTR-SPD1224 is available."

This pump has significant power requirements.
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My fan controller is a Lamptron FC5v2, 30w a channel
So would 8w really matter? Anyways their own recommended pump controller for this pump only runs at 36w, 2w short!
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My fan controller is a Lamptron FC5v2, 30w a channel
So would 8w really matter? Anyways their own recommended pump controller for this pump only runs at 36w, 2w short!


I wouldn't run something that is rated higher than what the controller is rated for. Even running something at 100% rated capacity can cause degradation of said component over time. Running it above that can cause even further problems, and could kill components. General rule of thumb I use, for sanity's sake, is to never run something more than ~85% of rated capacity, per channel. That being said, there is a Lamptron that is rated at 50w per channel that would suffice if the pump was a sole device on its own channel. So to answer your question, yes, 8w matters (b/c it is also higher in amps, and you don't want to overload/over current anything).
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I wouldn't run something that is rated higher than what the controller is rated for. Even running something at 100% rated capacity can cause degradation of said component over time. Running it above that can cause even further problems, and could kill components. General rule of thumb I use, for sanity's sake, is to never run something more than ~85% of rated capacity, per channel. That being said, there is a Lamptron that is rated at 50w per channel that would suffice if the pump was a sole device on its own channel. So to answer your question, yes, 8w matters (b/c it is also higher in amps, and you don't want to overload/over current anything).

Wait a sec that data was outdated its actually 32w power required, so 2w over! Would that make difference, and also what do you mean about the different amperage?
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Wait a sec that data was outdated its actually 32w power required, so 2w over! Would that make difference, and also what do you mean about the different amperage?

What is life without a little salt? What is computing without a little risk?

At the end of the day, people can tell you what information they have, and present opinions and life experiences. It remains up to the individual user to decide what they are willing to risk, and what they are not willing to risk. If you put a pump rated for 32W on a 30W controller, you will have to be ready for failure that will not be covered by the warranty agreement. Most likely, the controller is what will be damaged, as the electronics for that channel will over heat and burn. The pump may not be damaged at all. If everything works as it should, your CPU should shut down as the water, which is no longer circulating, overheats and allows the CPU to overheat. The same goes for your graphics card and anything else that is on the loop. The odds are probably quite small that the water, as it overheats, won't burst the tubing or split a joint and flood all components in your rig with water, shorting them out. And, lets not forget that the PSU is probably in the bottom of the case where the water will end up.

So, go ahead. Use the wrongly rated components. The odds are you will get away with it or with little damage. If you are very unlucky, then more can happen, but, hey, its not as if you are losing your house at a crap table, right?
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