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Hi, I am going to be installing 3 of these in my Silverstone fortress ft02. Silverstone AP-182

From what I have read in a review, these fans do not work well with PWM Fan Controllers. I am looking for a decent fan controller (with atleast 20W per channel) that does not use PWM to control the fans.

Yeah I know that these fans come with an analog fan controller but to access these I would have to remove the top mesh on my case. I'd like something I can access easily via the front bays.

I will be buying from here - Fan Controllers
I do not know much about fan controllers. If anyone can point some good quality non PWM controllers from the above list I would greatly appreciate it.

If a fan controller has 3 pin headers for the fans, does it mean its a non pwm controller?
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Originally Posted by Rooki3 View Post

Hi, I am going to be installing 3 of these in my Silverstone fortress ft02. Silverstone AP-182

From what I have read in a review, these fans do not work well with PWM Fan Controllers. I am looking for a decent fan controller (with atleast 20W per channel) that does not use PWM to control the fans.

Yeah I know that these fans come with an analog fan controller but to access these I would have to remove the top mesh on my case. I'd like something I can access easily via the front bays.

I will be buying from here - Fan Controllers
I do not know much about fan controllers. If anyone can point some good quality non PWM controllers from the above list I would greatly appreciate it.

If a fan controller has 3 pin headers for the fans, does it mean its a non pwm controller?

Pretty much all fan controllers work based off of controlling the voltage going to the fan, not using the PWM. Probably so you could use 3 pin fans in them as well as it's more reliable to adjust the fan exactly how you want it.

Any one from the site will do the job. This one seems cool if you wanted a USB 3 header as well. If you don't need that this is one of the more inexpensive controllers that will work equally well for you.
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Thanks, the reason I am unsure is that I figured that fan controllers with 3 pin headers use voltage regulation rather than PWM, but when I read this review here - Silverstone AP-182 Review, the reviewer had issues installing these with a lamptron FC5V2, which seems to have 3 pin headers but uses PWM ??

Quoting from the review -
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When I first fired up the fan I did so without connecting anything to the two pin control header. I figured that the fan would run in native full-speed mode and I would control the rpm with my Lamptron FC5V2. While I was correct that the fan would run full speed, I was wrong that I could control it with my Lamptron FC5V2. The FC5V2 uses pulse-width modulation (PWM), and at 70% or lower duty cycle the AP182 made a terrible squealing noise and ceased to report an accurate rpm. Ultimately, I had to use the included rheostat controller for macro adjustments of the fan speed and could use my FC5V2 for fine adjustment only. If you have a fan controller that doesn’t use PWM, you won’t run into this issue.

I am kinda confused. How do I know if the fan controller is using voltage regulation or PWM. I've been trying to find info about each fan controller on their manufacturer's website but no luck so far.
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On a side note, I see you have a noctua NH-D14 cooling a 4770k? How well does it cope? Can it keep the 4770k decently cool with a moderate OC?
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Let me explain it this way, only 4 pin fans have a PWM control. Standard 3 pin or 2 pin fans always run at 100% unless voltage is reduced. The 4th pin is for the pulse width modulation and if it is lacking that 4th pin, PWM is not even possible.
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On a side note, I see you have a noctua NH-D14 cooling a 4770k? How well does it cope? Can it keep the 4770k decently cool with a moderate OC?

Runs way too hot. I'm going to delid my processor and update the results. I'm ordering thermal paste today, some of the Coolaboratory Liquid Ultra. On my 2500k at 4.7ghz I was in the low 70s under full load, this is just ridiculous. I have it seated properly with the correct amount of thermal paste too so I look forward to seeing the drop in temps with delidding it. adamlee05 in that thread said he saw a 25C drop.
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It seems as though some 3 pin fan controllers work by pulsing the +12V, dunno why they thought that would be a good idea. Maybe it makes it cheaper? Increases its capacity?
    
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