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I need to know more about them. The specs on the ones I see on newegg don't answer my question, which is are they all PWM regulated or voltage regulated?


The reason I ask is because 4 of my 120mm are not PWM, and are also hardwired because they had no plugs (they are re-used, re-purposed) so I need a fan controller that regulates the voltage to the fans, but none of the specs indicate how the fan speed is actually regulated.

First one to point me in the direction of a voltage regulated fan controller, preferably at least 2 channels, and preferably 3.5" bay size, gets a nice shiny +REP. thumb.gif
    
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Older ones like the Rheobus and a lot of the double-sized 5.25" controllers are voltage-regulated (along with any Aquaero's primary 4 channels), the majority of Lamptron's models are PWM-regulated. There's also the rare one or two like T-balancers that allow you to choose the control method, but the software on those isn't that great.
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It seems there is far less to choose from in the 3.5" category, which sucks because I'll have to give up my top 120mm intake to use a 5.25" bay...

I also don't see any of the brands you mentioned on newegg or Amazon besides Lamptron and they are all 4+ channel and a little more than I want to pay, and a bit overkill. I just need something simple, one channel with 15+ watts or a two channel that will fit in a 3.5" bay. The fans draw .23 amps each which comes out to 11 watts for all of them, but I may want to connect my socket fan as well, so 15 or 20 watts, whatever, but I don't want to stress it either by drawing 15 watts from a 15 watt controller, I'd rather have some headroom so 20 watts or so should be good for me.

The only single channels I can find are less than 10 watts, so I guess I'm kind of stuck with the 4 channel "norm" so-to-speak, but the specs are so unclear. They don't mention whether or not it's 10wpc or 10 watts total over 4 channels, and some don't even list a wattage. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif how can they sell a product without telling you what it does?

I'm checking out this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811991006&cm_re=fan_controller-_-11-991-006-_-Product

which doesn't list any power what-so-ever.

There is one almost identical to it but with blue LED backlit knobs, and all it says is "Maximum power: 10 watts", ....okkaaaay? 10 watts per channel or total? Whoever is responsible for listing these specs is causing some serious loss-of-sales.

Honestly half tempted to build my own....
    
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This page -> http://www.kingwin.com/cooling/fan-controllers/fpx-001-2/#Specifications-2 <- says 8w a channel.

Awesome thanks for that! Seems newegg is the one to blame! I didn't even think of checking their actual website. That Kingwin should fit my needs perfectly now that I know the true capabilities.
    
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