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I was looking at the nzxt sentry mesh, because I could adjust all of the fan levels at once, and it didn't have any of those thermal probes. But, what I really want is a fan controller that controls fans automatically from readings from the motherboard. Does the bitfenix recon do this, and is there any fan controller that does?
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I was looking at the nzxt sentry mesh, because I could adjust all of the fan levels at once, and it didn't have any of those thermal probes. But, what I really want is a fan controller that controls fans automatically from readings from the motherboard. Does the bitfenix recon do this, and is there any fan controller that does?

Sounds like what you want is PWM. No need for a fan controller if the motherboard does it. You can do it with the mouse. PWM uses a 4pin fan header that allows the motherboard to control fan speed and as a result, gives you a higher level of fan cooling efficiency.
 
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post #3 of 9
What CattleCorn said.
Use a good PWM splitter like the Swiftech 8 way PWM splitter for $9.95
http://www.swiftech.com/8-waypwmsplitter.aspx

Or Gelid PWM splitter
http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=2&cid=11&id=63

And run all your PWM case fan the case fans increase their airflow to keep case and cooler cool. wink.gif.

I've been doing for a couple years now.... And know several others doing it too.
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I don't have any pwm fans, that's why I need a fan controller. I have the haf x and the noctua d14 (non-se-2011)
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post #5 of 9
there is one, but it doesn't work very well. the sunbeam rheosmart6 will take the control signal from a PWM and control the 3pin fans with it automatically. HOWEVER, the control range is VERY narrow (like between 900RPM to 1200RPM on a 1200 RPM fan as opposed to 500RPM to 1200RPM that the fan is capable of)

i know this for a fact because i own one and was disappointed in the range of operation in automatic mode. HOWEVER, it is the ONLY fan controller i'm currently aware of that does this. hopefully bitfenix can prove me wrong with the recon because i don't know enough about their product to know if their automatic mode can be controlled via cpu core temp readings instead of the provided temp sensor cables.

may want to shoot xbournex a PM and ask him yourself though
post #6 of 9
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I don't have any pwm fans, that's why I need a fan controller. I have the haf x and the noctua d14 (non-se-2011)

Where on our big blue marble are you located?

I know a guy in UK who makes a PWM controlled adapter with molex power. It uses the mobo for rpm / PWM and molex plug from PSU for power. They are usually for up to 3 fans but I'm sure he could make one for as many fans as you want to control. Prices range from about $7.00 plus post on up depending how many bells and whistles are added.. Things like individual fan speed balancing, rpm signal leads, etc.
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I'm in the united states, and $7 sounds very reasonable. I need 5 fans controlled, and I don't think I need any bells and whistles. Does it just use the motherboard's software, so that it sees it as a pwm fan?
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post #8 of 9
Yes, everything is controlled by the motherboard so you can use whatever software our motherboard is supplied with or with something like SpeedFan. What is the rpm of your fans? Are they all the same fans?
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They're all different fans. Front intake: CM Megaflow 230mm 700rpm. Side fan: CM Megaflow 200mm 700rpm. Top intake: CM Megaflow 200mm 700rpm. Rear exhaust: CM R4 140mm 1200rpm. CPU fan: noctua p14 and p12 (140mm and 120mm) on a y cable 1200 and 1300rpm.
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