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Was ordering some Swiftech PWM splitters from Swiftech themselves and they emailed me back saying they only have the new SATA power connector one.

http://www.swiftech.com/8-WayPWMsplitter-sata.aspx




When I asked them why they changed to a SATA power connector instead of Molex, the person I was speaking with didn't actually know.


So a quick google, I found this: http://www.techpowerup.com/188153/swiftech-launches-a-sata-powered-8-way-pwm-splitter.html

They mention that Swiftech states the new connector "eliminates many of the problems encountered with the typical Molex connectors found on such devices". Hmm? What problems? Only problem I had with Molex before was manhandling the physical connector when it got stubborn. And to be fair nothing I plug into Molex is the hot swappable variety anyways so I don't remove and reconnect molex connectors that often in a build.

Anyone else ever have trouble with their splitters using molex?
post #2 of 7
You can cut off the SATA and solder its wires to a Molex connector.

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Or get a SATA to Molex adapter.
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Most probably the Swiftech's SATA connector has only +12V and ground wired.
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Anyone else ever have trouble with their splitters using molex?

 

I won't comment only about splitters. I test fans and things. I'm always connecting and disconnecting Molex all the time. It's frequently a PIA. In many situations the male pins are splayed all over the place while the female pins are lodged to one side or another (never all the same way) so I have to manipulate the wires behind a plug to splay the male pins to match their mates.

 

The only problem I foresee with SATA power is that the conductors are not as robust as the Molex. I don't see them carrying as many Amps.

 

But the Molex connectors are a pain. If they were made right, it would be OK. But most are made as cheaply as possible. I can definitely understand Swiftech's point.

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Sidewinder!
I got one today.
Molex for me.
Build quality is stellar.
Better quality Molex judging by sturdiness when connected(unlike too many before)
PWM on Sabertooth w/Asus Suitte II works really well.
I entertained SATA model but Molex was closer to my intended mount location.
I really think it's about options...
I should think SATA gives enough for all but Delta's...
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Sidewinder!
Ordered Tues PM,
I rec'd 2 today.
Molex for me.
Appear robust & once connected very secure.
(not as cheap as some I have dealt with-will not wiggle loose)
As for why...
I think it's about choices for mounting.
I just happen to have a free Molex on lt side behind MB tray.
Fitted out to external rad for 6 & P/P internal rad-PWM from ASUS suiteII-works really well.
I dunno about 8 Delta's off SATA, but SB OK for 8 slow to medium PWM fans...
Swiftech!
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I think either way,I made my point.
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post #6 of 7
For a cleaner look, just snip off the SATA power connector and re-pin the leads for a Molex connector.

I agree some Molex connectors can be a pain to get the pins to line up. I had to plug a Molex connector into the back of my internal card reader in close quarters and it took over an hour (and some skin) of pulling it out, making adjustments, wiggling things around and muttering mystical incantations (mostly four lettered ones) before I finally got the miserable, misbegotten thing to go in. Had the "designers" (I have other names for them but Mama told me not to use those words) chosen a male Molex connector that had pins that weren't a tad on the fat side and didn't have blunt ends, it would have been a lot easier.
   
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... The only problem I foresee with SATA power is that the conductors are not as robust as the Molex. I don't see them carrying as many Amps ...

Officially Molex are rated @ 11~13A, SATA @ 4.5A . In practice more than ~5A thru a 18 gauge wired Molex isn't recommended.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html
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