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Hey everyone I am hoping to get some help, input, and suggestions for a slight issue I am having with my rig smile.gif


Just completed my first loop ever yesterday and although it is running perfectly the fans (Corsair Air Series SP120s) that are connected via a 5 way block to the PSU are too loud. I have 4 fans installed inside but only running the two for the radiator right now. Would anyone have good suggestions for an external fan controller?

I cant really shuffle parts around without taking apart the loop since I used acrylic tubes. Also to mention there is only about a 1" clearance from the radiator to the drive bay opening so I am looking for any alternative ideas. Thanks!
post #2 of 7
You could just buy a fan controller like a lamptron and build an acrylic cover for it with the power cables and fan cables going to it?
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You could just buy a fan controller like a lamptron and build an acrylic cover for it with the power cables and fan cables going to it?

Thats a great idea smile.gif but the only place I could fit it would be infront of my pump, which I wouldnt mind at all. I was also thinking something like the NZXT Sentry LXE. The only problem that I cant find any online. I would also have to mod the PCI slot of this controller since both of my slots on my case are taken frown.gif

Also would like to note I am not much of a case modder too lol.
post #4 of 7
Depending on how many fans you have you could get this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12489/bus-249/Sunbeam_20W_Rheosmart_PCI_Slot_Smart_Fan_Controller_-_PL-RS-PCI.html

I have two of them they work pretty nicely.

You could also go with an aquero unit and mount it inside your computer and control it with software, so you don't really ever have to worry about anything ever again.
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Originally Posted by 15goudreau View Post

You could also go with an aquero unit and mount it inside your computer and control it with software, so you don't really ever have to worry about anything ever again.

Exactly what I am looking for! Since I cant install a fan controller in the drive bay my only option is to mount it inside, however an Aquaero unit is a bit out of my budget. Does anyone know of any other controllers (with software capabilities) for cheaper?
post #6 of 7
I don't think anyone really makes anything that comes close to an aquaero unit. But the PCI fan controller should hold you over until you can save up for one thumb.gif
post #7 of 7
Easiest and most cost effective solution would be a fan control PCB and use the fan control built into your BIOS or the software that came with your MoBo. These things are tiny (1"x 2" and mount inside ya case and require no input from you once ya have configured the BIOS or set up the software

Asus for example has FanXpert2 which tests your fan's operational characteristics and builds a curve accordingly which you can modify of so desired. Speedfan is an option but doesn't work on many boards. With just 5 fans, I'd :

If you have a PWM pump, you may want to use the CPU header to control it. That leaves the CPU-OPT, also PWM (and assuming your MoBo is so equipped .... most gaming / enthusiast boards today are), you can connect the MoBo Header to the PCB and thereby easily control a number of fans. Options are:

a) PWM PCB Controllers (i.e. Swiftech) use PWM MoBo signal to control PWM fans
b) Hybrid PWM Controllers (i.e Phanteks) use either a PWM or variable voltage signal to control 3 in variable voltage pin fans

You can also, if so equipped, use any of the Chassis (typically CHA_1 thru CHA_3) or Optional (typically OPT_1 thru OPT_3) MoBo headers to do the same. Though today, many manufacturers are using 4 pin headers for these, despite what teh advertising claims, these are NOT PWM. Options are:

a) Variable Voltage (i.e. Mod My Toys) use a variable voltage signal to control 3 pin variable voltage pin fans.
b) Hybrid PWM Controllers (i.e Phanteks) use either a PWM or variable voltage signal to control 3 in variable voltage pin fans

The Phanteks one presents the best of both worlds as it can use either PWM or voltage control. Under PWM, if ya have lotta fans, you can connect a PSU Molex for some extra juice.....this will not work if usung voltage control from MoBo as the 12V signal over rides what is coming from the MoBo. Best not to connect too many fans this way .... for 1200 rpm fans, I'd connect no more than 67-75% of the headers amperage rating so as to account for inrush current and not blow the header. With 1800 rpm, I'd cut that to 50-67%

Swiftech PCB
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g/c17/s240/list/p1/b33/Swiftech-Fan_Controllers-PWM_Controllers-Page1.html

ModMyToys
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g/c17/s285/list/p1/b214/ModMyToys-Fan_Controllers-DIY_Controllers-Page1.html
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g/c17/s424/list/p1/b214/ModMyToys-Fan_Controllers-Multi_Fan_Ports-Page1.html

Phanteks
Currently the Phanteks PCB can only be obtained by buying a Phanteks case. This is supposed to change before the end of this month.
http://phanteks.com/forum/showthread.php?118-Enthoo-Primo-Additional-Parts-Availability/page2
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How to use the PWN fan hub?
PWM hub will enable PWM function to 3-pin fans. Fan 1 can only be connected to one fan and cannot be split. Fan 2 - Fan 6 can be split to multiple fans. Total of 11 fans can be connected to the PWM hub. All PWM functions will be controlled by fan 1.

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911 Carrera
(20 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel w/ EK Supremacy Cooling Block - Clean P... Asus Maximus VI Formula 2 x Asus GTX 780 DCII w/ EK Full Cover Blocks a... Mushkin Red Line Ridgeback 2 x 8GB DDR302400 10... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB (2 x Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cach... Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blue Ray Writer 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45-420 + 1 x Alphacool ... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
1 x Swiftech 35x2 w/ Heatsink and NB Fan EK -MultiOption RES X3 250 White Acetal Reservoir 5 x PH-F140SP_BK_BLED + 5 x PH-F140SP_BK E22 Rigid 10/12 Acrylic Tubing and Bitspower Ma... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x Reeven Six Eyes Fan Controller Windows 7 64 Bit Professional OEM ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor Logitech G19s 920-004985 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Seasonic X-1250 Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis Asus RoG GX950 Laser Mouse  Logitech Z5500 
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