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Rosewell BlackHawk Ultra Fan Hubs Plus Controller Questions

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So I'm buying this thing:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1323372
-Front (first layer) 2 x 140mm Red LED Fan (pre-installed)
-Front (second layer) 2 x 140mm Fan (pre-installed)
-Rear 1 x 140mm Fan (pre-installed) or 1 x 120mm Fan (option)
-Top 2 x 230mm Red LED Fan (pre-installed) or 3 x 140mm Fan (option) or 2 x 180mm Fan
-Side 1 x 230mm Fan (pre-installed) or 9 x 120mm Fan (option)
-Bottom 1 x 140mm Fan (option)

I am installing the additional optional one on the bottom.

Also, this thing has 2 "fan hubs" mounted behind the HDD bays, top and bottom. Each supposedly takes 4 fans.

I'm pretty sure I want this controller, but let me know if someone knows of something better:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999243

1. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the CPU shouldn't be connected to the controller? It should be connected directly to the motherboard right? If I connect it to the controller, it won't be able to dynamically change right? Advice discussion appreciated.
2. I'm wondering how and if I should use the fan controller with the hubs together. What I want to do is to use this controller to control all the chassis fans as follows:
chn1 - all 4 HDD fans (intake)
chn2 - all bottom fans (intake)
chn3 - all back fans (out)
chn4- all top fans (out)
chn5-all side fans (in for now, may do in/out later)

Is this the best setup, someone got a better suggestion? I haven't built a PC in 10 years, so I am rusty. so basically if I use the hubs+the fan controller here's what I'm thinking:

chn1 -->bottom fan hub--> all 4 HDD fans (intake)
chn2 --> only 1 bottom fan (intake)
chn3 --> only 1 back fan (out)
chn4--> top fan hub--> 2 top fans (out)
chn5-->1 fan currently, all side fans (in for now, may do in/out later)

But what effect will the hubs have on the controller? Will this work? Is there a better approach? What about the CPU fans? Any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 3
CPU fan to the CPU fan header on the motheboard.

I think you'll find that some of the fan headers on the motherboard are controlled and some are not. So. I'd just put all the fans on the fan controller.
Edited by billbartuska - 5/31/13 at 8:40pm
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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I find these issues complicated, with no good solutions on the market. I mean, the hubs in my case appear to be cheap little power distributors, but they should have trimming pots on each channel.

It would also be nice to be able to dynamically switch between mobo control and fan controller.

Why isn't there a decent fan controller out there? They all seem like crappy Chinese knock offs designed by idiots. Here's some tips for the designers:

1. Show each channel, rpm and temp always, for each channel. Having to cycle a list sucks.
2. Auto vs manual mode.
3. At least 3 savable 'profiles' for the manual mode.
4. High end systems should show voltage, current, rpm and maybe even watts for each channel all the time.
5. 0~100% control.
6. High end should always be 5-6 channels minimum 25-30 watts.
7. Knobs are great!

I can't find anything that comes close, there are 3 or 4 models that have some of this, but mo more than 3 or 4 items each.... I might design it myself.

I'll just play around.
Edited by gunslingor - 6/1/13 at 5:16am
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