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post #1 of 10
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Hi Guys and Girls

I just put together a water cooling loop for my old 2500k PC that is being slowly upgraded (EVGA 1080 FTW installed but waiting for EK Fullcover block) but i ran into a problem controlling my pump and PWM Noctua fans since my mainboard is a old and ****ty Gigabyte GA-P67-UD4 where the control of the PWM fan headers on the motherboard is completely useless. Currently i would like to control all my Noctua fans on my rads as a group and thus i have bought a PWM fan splitter thing where 1 pwm input controls 6 fans. I would also like to control my EK D5 pump. I dont really want anything with a display or anything that goes in the front 5.25" bay since i dont really have the space and i also dislike how they look. Have a nob to turn inside the case would be perfectly fine for me since i dont want to adjust it all the time. But really i would like something that connected via USB that also allowed me to connect temperature sensors.

My problem is that i cant seem to find anything that would suit my needs with everything being waaay to expensive or not having the feature set i need. At this point it seems that the Aquaero 6 in an LT model without the display would be perfect but that dosnt exist and properly never will . Aquaero 5 LT only has 1 PWM output. NZXT Grid+ V2 dosnt work with Noctua fans. EK's fancontroller was teased in late 2015 but they went dead silent on it afterwards.

Any ideas on what to get?
post #2 of 10
You could always look at the corsair link stuff. I'm not recommending it but you could take a look.
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post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Oh wow didnt see that one before. Looks promising and affordable smile.gif Thanks!
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by JunkStar View Post

Oh wow didnt see that one before. Looks promising and affordable smile.gif Thanks!

Research it before you buy it, especially the software and known issues.
post #5 of 10
Aqua Computer Aquaero 5 LT USB is very good and should be about $60 is you can find any in USA
Aquacomputer aquaero 5 LT USB fan-controller

Direct from Aqua Computer in Germany they are 50.34 euro which is S56.09
It has a real PWM controlled channel that uses motherboard sensors to moniitor temp and has software so you can set your own temp to rpm curves .. as well as having 4 variable voltage channels. This little beast does everything but give massages.
http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=2673
post #6 of 10
If you choose to go the aquaero 5 route. The 5 only has 1 PWM header, the other 3 are 3 pin voltage controlled. If powering multiple fans\pumps from a single header, it is recommended to water cool the aquaero. You can power your PWM fans from the PSU, but any 3 pin fans/pumps would need to be powered from the aquaero. That is if you choose to control them by using temp probes.
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ocz vertex 4 OCZ 460 WD Black Hitachi Deskstar 
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8 Noisblocker M12-P PWM 1000-2000 RPM 2 360mm, 1 240mm XSCP Radiator Gaskets 3 Phobya Nano-G 14 Black Silent PWM Fan Win 7 Pro 
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ocz vertex 4 OCZ 460 WD Black Hitachi Deskstar 
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer flow rate sensor mps flow 400 aquacomputer filter with stainless steel mesh 2 Aquacomputer inline temp sensor 3 Aquacomputer temp sensor 
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EK 12mm OD Solid Tube - Clear Bitspower Multi-Link Adapter 12mm Bitspower True Silver Stop Fitting  2 Swiftech MCP35X  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FC780 GTX DCII - Nickel EK Monarch Series X4 Ram Clean CSQ Nickel 2 XSCP RX360 v2 1 XSCP RX240 v2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
8 Noisblocker M12-P PWM 1000-2000 RPM 2 360mm, 1 240mm XSCP Radiator Gaskets 3 Phobya Nano-G 14 Black Silent PWM Fan Win 7 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by apw63 View Post

If you choose to go the aquaero 5 route. The 5 only has 1 PWM header, the other 3 are 3 pin voltage controlled. If powering multiple fans\pumps from a single header, it is recommended to water cool the aquaero. You can power your PWM fans from the PSU, but any 3 pin fans/pumps would need to be powered from the aquaero. That is if you choose to control them by using temp probes.
My system is all air cooled so no waterblock on my Aquareo 5 LT USB. I added the accessory heatsink that is included in the 5.25" bay unitis and have had no heat issues.
http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=2692

Here is a pretty good review.
http://www.legitreviews.com/aqua-computer-aquaero-5-xt-usb-fan-controller-review_1813/4

There is a good bit of info and help here
http://www.overclock.net/t/1474470/ocn-aquaero-owners-club/0_20
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
As i said in the first post. I have already looked at the different Aquaero models and none of them did what i wanted to do. The 5 LT was perfect except the lack of PWM outputs for my different fans and a pump. The 6 XT/Pro only comes with the front panel which i dont want and also cost a minor fortune... I ordered the Corsair Commander mini so lets see how that works out smile.gif
Edited by JunkStar - 8/5/16 at 12:20am
post #9 of 10
Good luck!
Let us know how it all works out.

Oh, if a single PWM signal is all you need, you can use a PWM splitter / hub with PSU power to run up about 8-10 fans, pumps.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
The thing is that i need atleast 2 pwm outputs to control my fans as a group and my pump individually but it would like more than 2 so i can have a more nuanced control of my fans. Also the temp sensor inputs are a big plus for me since i have 3 in my loop... smile.gif
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