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So I'm planning to build a new main gaming rig soon, and actually looking to scale things back a little - trying to go with air cooling for the CPU to avoid the leak risk (and horribly frustrating installation) that comes with liquid coolers.

I've always liked to use a manual fan controller for air cooled rigs to control noise, but the case I'm currently looking at (the NZXT H440) has no external bays, to the best of my knowledge. So my question is, are there any USB-based fan controllers (like that plug into a USB motherboard header) and mount inside the case? Or are there any better options for fan control when your case has no ODD or 3.5" front bays?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 4
NZXT make a digital fan controller which you can adjust using software/app:

https://www.nzxt.com/products/GRID-Plus-v2

Looks pretty good - i might pick one up myself at some point.

EDIT

There's also a little video demonstration here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0XL5-p1ut0
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You can get the Swiftech PWM 8-way Splitter
Use SpeedFan to control all the PWM fans.
    
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Originally Posted by haha216 View Post

NZXT make a digital fan controller which you can adjust using software/app:

https://www.nzxt.com/products/GRID-Plus-v2

Looks pretty good - i might pick one up myself at some point.

EDIT

There's also a little video demonstration here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0XL5-p1ut0

This looks like exactly what I was looking for. I've never particularly trusted SpeedFan; it seems to make my system unstable any time I have it installed/running.
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Samsung 840 PRO Series MZ-7PD256 256GB 2.5-inch SSD
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
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MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Diamondback Chroma Razer Firefly Logitech Z623 Logitech Z506 
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Tingkam 2x12" RGB LED Strips 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
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128GB of Crucial DDR4-2133 Server Memory (8x16GB) 480GB Intel 730K Series HGST Deskstar NAS 6-TB HGST Deskstar NAS 6-TB (backup drive) 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Pioneer USA BD Drive Cooler Master GeminII S524 Rev. 2 Cooler Master GeminII S524 Rev. 2 Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 
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Samsung 840 PRO Series MZ-7PD256 256GB 2.5-inch SSD
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB HGST Deskstar 3TB Be Quiet! Dark Rock 3 Windows 10 Home 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus PB287Q Razer Blackwidow Chroma EVGA Supernova 750 G2 CM MasterCase Pro 5 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Diamondback Chroma Razer Firefly Logitech Z623 Logitech Z506 
Other
Tingkam 2x12" RGB LED Strips 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
Xeon E5-2650 V3 Xeon E5-2650 V3 ASUS Z10PE-D16 WS EVGA GTX TITAN-Z 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
128GB of Crucial DDR4-2133 Server Memory (8x16GB) 480GB Intel 730K Series HGST Deskstar NAS 6-TB HGST Deskstar NAS 6-TB (backup drive) 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
Pioneer USA BD Drive Cooler Master GeminII S524 Rev. 2 Cooler Master GeminII S524 Rev. 2 Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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