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80mm fan replacement for Mediasonic ProBox

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I just picked up a Mediasonic ProBox and want to replace the sorry excuse of a fan that came with it. According to the specifications, it's an 80x80x20mm fan and has a 2-pin connection, but looking at the connection, it doesn't seem like a standard 2-pin. I think I would be wanting to use an 80mm fan that is focused more on air flow than static pressure and was wondering which one I should be looking at. Also, I'm wondering how I would connect the fan to Mediasonic's 2-pin connector.

Thanks!
post #2 of 6
Connecting a 3-pin fan to a 2-pin connector is absolutely fine, the third pin is just what RPM data is transmitted down.

As for good fans. I would go with the Gelid Silent 8, Noctua NF-R8 or Be Quiet Silent Wings 2 80mm.

The Noctua is PWM, which is functionality that won't be used but are still paying for and the Be Quiet is pretty expensive. So really my preference would be the Gelid, I'm running the 140mm and 120mm versions in my personal rig and they are phenomenal for the price.
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There is a controller on the front of the box that controls the fan speed (intelligent and manual). A 3-pin fan that is only using 2 pins will still maintain this functionality? Also, if I'm trying to connect it to this different type of 2-pin connector, is it as easy as just cutting, splicing, and connecting the 2 wires (while packing the third away nicely)?
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Picked up the Gelid Silent 8 FN-SX08-16 just now. It should be ok to connect to the 2-pin connector shown on page 4 with the tinkering I talked of above?
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Anyone?
Edited by roguegeek - 1/3/14 at 11:42am
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I am in the same boat and want to replace the fan - let me know if the Gelid worked for you. Does 80x80x25 work? Is it appreciably quieter?
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