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Hey all, new member here! I am building a new watercooled rig, and am trying hard to optimize the cabling. Thought I would share one of the things I came up with!

I want to use a Fan controller to control all of the fans... and since there 18 fans total, I wanted to use some Multi- Fan ports that I could hook up to the fan controller. That mean a fan port with a fan pigtail on it...3 or 4 pin, and I wanted 4 to 6 fans per port.

I chose the Lamptron FC9 Fan Controller... it has four channels that can handle up to 50 watts each. It uses standard 3-pin male fan plugs to hook the fans up. Going with four ports (6/4/4/4).

I looked at every multi-fan port I could find, and didn't really like any of them. I did find a few.. that with a few mods.. would do the job.

Particularly, the Phobya 6 Fan port http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14094/ele-936/Phobya_4-Pin_Power_Distribution_PCB_6x_3-Pin_Block_81097.html?tl=g47c121s424

It is a very small unit.. easy to fit anywhere in a case, and easy to modify also. It has a four pin Molex adapter on it for power, soldered to the PC board. Easy to remove and replace with a fan pigtail.

I planned on using the pigtails supplied with the Fan Controller... as they are already sleeved.. and easy to work with.

Like so:

Fan port with 4 pin Molex still installed:


Circuit board after I desoldered the 4-pin Molex... and have the fan pigtail in place, ready to solder



A closeup of the back of the circuit, with sidelighting to show the detail. Soldering the pigtail is completed.


Covered the new connections with Heatshrink to add an extra layer of protection:



I have two of them installed and setup in the case now.... and have some shots of those:

Front 280 Rad Fan Port:



Top 280 Rad Fan port



Side 420 Rad Fan port



As you can see, I am also cutting the fan power cables to the shortest length possible and reterminating. Just trying to reduce the cable clutter as much as possible. Both of the ports here only have four fans each... but I did plug an empty plug onto the other ports, to ensure nothing "hot" could be touched to anything metal.

I hope someone finds this helpful, and look forward to hearing what you think!

Thanks

Charlie
Edited by cgipson1 - 3/8/14 at 10:35pm
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Mmmmmmm ....maybe I should send you my soldering jobs.
Yours look like a freakin' miracle compared to my work.
Good work!
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And that pcb looks a much better build than my crappy MMT splitters.
Edited by PepeLapiu - 3/8/14 at 10:33pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Mmmmmmm ....maybe I should send you my soldering jobs.
Yours look like a freakin' miracle compared to my work.
Good work!
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Hahaha.. thanks! I started building Heathkits (ham radio, O-Scopes, etc) and other stuff, way back in the late 60's... so I have been soldering for a few years. Probably more than most!
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Pawtec External USB 3.0 Aluminum 8X DVD-RW Writ... Primochill ghost fitings Monsoon reservoir Swifttech MCP50x/2  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Primochill rigid acrylic tubing EK supremacy CPU block - Nickel EK 780Ti waterblocks x3 - Nickel Lamptron FC9 fan Controller 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
9x Primochill Acrylic Radiator Grills Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool ST30 280 radiator Alphacool 420 80mm 
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Windows 7 Ultimate Dell UW3014 Merc stealth steel series keyboard EVGA NEX1500 PSU 
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