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I want to know how to control this many fans without having 20 5.25 external controllers

how can i do this?

I want to be able to control at least one 480 rad push pull at once, or several, i dont want to have to use multiple channels or controllers for a single rad

I will use a th10. I plan on using 6 480's 1 240, and maybe (this is what might make it 88 fans) 6 external 360 rads. all of these will be push pull

There will also be 4 120's in the front for the drives, 1 120 in the back for exhaust for the mobo, plus three mini 40mm fans for a little exhaust

I thought i could hook up the 8 non radiator cooling fans to the mobo with splitters. i thought i could maybe cool the rads in groups, if there are multiple 'channels' depending on the controller - the top and bottom for the mobo, then another for the drive bay side, then one for the pedestal, and finally with 2 channels, 1 for each of the external rads mounts (3 360's per mount)
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post #2 of 34
Rheostat(s)



You're going to meed a PSU just for fans though.
Have you looked into 110v fans and dimmer switches?
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post #3 of 34
The only fan controllers out there that can reliably control that many fans are the Lamptron line. And those fans will not need a separate PSU as they are going to need less than 150w to power them all. But you'd have to look up their power rating.
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may i just ask what hardware you are planning to cool with that many rads? it seems like extreme overkill to me unless you have something crazy planned....
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i like going overkill devil.gif im going to cool 2 titans, 3930k and mobo. i just feel like going extreme wink.gif
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post #6 of 34
That many rads and controlling the fan speeds would be pointless. Just use low speed fans to begin with.
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post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by Jakusonfire View Post

That many rads and controlling the fan speeds would be pointless. Just use low speed fans to begin with.

Agreed, a bunch of 800 or 1000 rpm fans will never need to go faster than that. Just have all your 800 rpm fans working full speed and you will be fine. It's only a CPU and dual GPUs, they will keep your delta T sub 5c at all times.

I would suggest all AP-12 fans at max voltage/speed. You will never hear them at 800 rpm.
Edited by PepeLapiu - 2/20/13 at 8:03am
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post #8 of 34
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ok, i wanted to use gt's should i use ap 12's or 13's?

also how should i hook them all up? plus should i use the 12's if i use external and the 13's if im not? or how should i do it because i want it to be silent all the way
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post #9 of 34
Actually, I just checked and AP-12s appear to be discontinued.
I would get AP-15s, or AP-45s all hooked up to a Lamptron controller with some of these for each rad/channel.
The Lamptron Touch has 6 channels at 30w each. You could easily put 20x AP-45s or 25x AP-15s fans on each channel if you wanted to. And the Lamptrons can slow down your fans to a ridiculous 2-300 rpm without producing heat like those heat score undervolting controllers.

The new Lamptron CW611 even has 36w per channel.

You could use SP-120s too, but I dont know their power rating so I dont know how many you could put on a single channel.
Edited by PepeLapiu - 2/20/13 at 8:52am
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post #10 of 34
I would recommend AP-45s (2150rpm) fans over AP-15s (1850 rpm) just because they are cheaper at FrozenCPU right now and you could slow down either fans to sub 800rpm easily.
I have the Touch and will be controlling 34 or 38 AP-45 fans with room to spare on my controller. The AP-45 seem to stop reporting rpm speed below 400 rpm so any time you go below 400 rpm, the Touch thinks the fans are stopped. But I am guessing they can go as slow as around 200 rpm.

But really, there is no need to ever slow down below 7-800 rpm as you cant hear them at that speed.
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