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post #1 of 14
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Hey everyone..

I grow tired of my motherboard's very unreliable and always faulty PWM headers and just decided to end the terror and invest in a PWM fan controller.

I don't want anything to be visible from the outside, and certainly not a 5.25 bay controller. Just something that I could keep inside the case and connect to a USB header on the motherboard internally and control with a software so it can automatically increase speed as temperatures go up. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 14
Have you tried speedfan on your motherboard? that would be the cheapest (free solution).

Only software PWM capable device I'm aware of is the aquero:
http://www.frozencpu.com/search.html?mv_profile=keyword_search&mv_session_id=obXHcFcI&searchspec=aquaero+6&go.x=-217&go.y=-126

But it is far from simple or user friendly, it would be like bringing a cannon to a BB gun fight. Way more power and features than you need. Also meant to use a drive bay, but you could mount it internally if you wanted.

It would be cheaper and probably easier to buy an ASUS motherboard and use their software if you can't get speedfan to work.

Speedfan is what I would suggest.
    
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Yeah I've tried speedfan but for some reason it doesn't work. I've already invested in an expensive motherboard (G1 Sniper 5) so getting another board is out of the question.

The one you suggested is very expensive, I was thinking of something far cheaper (~$50). I wasn't thinking it could be very complicated, Corsair builds this into their H100i cooler.
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If you find one, let us know. Nothing else exists even remotely in the $50 range that I'm aware of.
    
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What about Corsair Link Cooling Kit? I think it's exactly what I'm looking for. It's a controller inside the case and can support up to 5 pwm fans and it's controlled by the Link software and it's only $50.

http://www.corsair.com/en/corsair-link/corsair-link-kits/corsair-link-cooling-kit.html

Is there something I'm not considering here? I'm sure you've seen this one before, isn't this what I'm looking for?
post #6 of 14
Maybe, if it works. I just had terrible luck with link on my h100i sample. First it worked ok for a while, then decided to quit one day. later when upgrading to windows 8 I found out it was not supported at all.

Then later supposedly win 8 support was added yet I still could not get any communication to work.

It seems like usb communication is a difficult one to keep up with. The aquaero was not without USB bugs too, I had trouble with the 5 xt as well. One sample worked then the second would not finish flash. I must have tried 50 times on two different PCs and ended up with a dead controller.

I have not seen anyone try the bigger link, the idea sounds really good but I have just not had good luck with USB communications on fan controllers. I would take speedfan any day over dealing with USB issues.

you could always try though, for $50 it won't break the bank.
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Thanks... My H100i works very well with Windows 8.1 so I guess I will just give Corsair the benefit of the doubt and go ahead with this to see how it works. Afterall it's just $50.
post #8 of 14
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Yeah I've tried speedfan but for some reason it doesn't work.
I can help you get speedfan working if you want, I guarantee it'll work with your motherboard/control your PWM fans smile.gif

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This unit looks like she is internal and is able to run off the 12V Molex connector programmed via internal USB to control up to 9 independent fans.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/25195/bus-396/Aquacomputer_USB_Poweradjust_3_-_Standard_Version_53166.html
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Originally Posted by blin2011a View Post

This unit looks like she is internal and is able to run off the 12V Molex connector programmed via internal USB to control up to 9 independent fans.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/25195/bus-396/Aquacomputer_USB_Poweradjust_3_-_Standard_Version_53166.html

Yeah, its just not PWM capable and is only a single output header. They are quite powerful though, they will run 9 fans for sure but not independently. The Ultra version is the one needed for auto speed control based on temps rather than the standard.

The Aquaero 5LT provides a single PWM output and 3 voltage outputs for a bit more than the OP is looking for but it is also far more capable than any other controller. I have never had any USB issues and it isn't strictly required for the device to work. Once programmed it just works independently til you want to change a setting.
I don't see why a fan controller should be any different to any other USB device. They always seem to work fine for me.

The newer Corsair commander mini is meant to be much improved over the original and provides several PWM headers. I think Stren or someone is reviewing it and will be posted sometime soon.
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