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I can't decided on a fan controller, I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions. I have a 7 fan case with 4 fans being delta's and need to quiet the fans down but still want the option to turn the fans up to 100% when needed. The other three are quiet and can be ran at 100% all the time so I'll probably run them straight to the PSU. but that leaves 4 plus the Cpu cooler when I decided on it, and I would really like something that can allow the CPU cooler to run a bit after the computer is off or even run it and a exhaust fan but that might be asking to much. I was thinking Ultra commander but it looks to be discountinued. Oh and a side note it can't have any extruding dials and must be a 5.25 bay well I guess I can sue an adapter to fit if it's a 3.5 bay. The dials are not optional though the front of the case won't close if anything sticks past the bay. Please leave suggestions and links would be much appreciated I plan on ordering it today.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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Also the delta's will be powered off the PSU so wattage won't be a concern for the controller just adjustable voltage for rpm's
    
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Its pretty tough to find a fan controller that houses 7 fans...mine, if you cut the ends off 2 of the fans can support up to 6...its a

Zalman ZM-MFC1
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I think he only needs to control the Deltas. I agree with Kopi though. Here is the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813999251

This one is pretty cool too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813999504 and 10 bucks less also.
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Also alot of people like the sunbeam ones from xoxide

http://www.xoxide.com/subl4poblred.html
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Also alot of people like the sunbeam ones from xoxide

http://www.xoxide.com/subl4poblred.html
Nice, with 20w per channel, this one can handle more than just four fans.
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Here is part of someone's Review regarding the Zalman ZM-MFC1:
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I use industrial fans. 7W per port isn't even an amp per fan. This thing is a joke, the only fans you would need this for are ones that are so low-power that they don't make noise.
I have the same problem. I don't have this fan controller, but most are similar in power output. I have a Delta fan and a Vantec Tornado that pull too much power from the fan controller, and therefor don't work with it. I didn't realize this at first, until the capacitors started to smoke because the fans were pulling too much power for the controller to handle, lol whoops.

The problem is exactly what the reviewer says: the controllers typically only work with fans that are so low powered that they don't make any noise and don't need to be turned down at all anyway.

I took my controller out, and I'm looking for something that will handle at least 25 Watts and 2.5 amps - that is about how much power my Delta fan runs at. Haven't found anything decent yet, at least without customizing my own rheostat, which I'm not to sure about doing either at the moment.

I'm not sure which Delta fan you are using, but a lot of Delta's require massive amounts of juice to keep them going. You might want to check on the numbers before trying anything, so you don't end up with smoke coming out of your rig like I did.
    
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Here is part of someone's Review regarding the Zalman ZM-MFC1:


I have the same problem. I don't have this fan controller, but most are similar in power output. I have a Delta fan and a Vantec Tornado that pull too much power from the fan controller, and therefor don't work with it. I didn't realize this at first, until the capacitors started to smoke because the fans were pulling too much power for the controller to handle, lol whoops.

The problem is exactly what the reviewer says: the controllers typically only work with fans that are so low powered that they don't make any noise and don't need to be turned down at all anyway.

I took my controller out, and I'm looking for something that will handle at least 25 Watts and 2.5 amps - that is about how much power my Delta fan runs at. Haven't found anything decent yet, at least without customizing my own rheostat, which I'm not to sure about doing either at the moment.

I'm not sure which Delta fan you are using, but a lot of Delta's require massive amounts of juice to keep them going. You might want to check on the numbers before trying anything, so you don't end up with smoke coming out of your rig like I did.
And the Vantec?
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Here is part of someone's Review regarding the Zalman ZM-MFC1:


I have the same problem. I don't have this fan controller, but most are similar in power output. I have a Delta fan and a Vantec Tornado that pull too much power from the fan controller, and therefor don't work with it. I didn't realize this at first, until the capacitors started to smoke because the fans were pulling too much power for the controller to handle, lol whoops.

The problem is exactly what the reviewer says: the controllers typically only work with fans that are so low powered that they don't make any noise and don't need to be turned down at all anyway.

I took my controller out, and I'm looking for something that will handle at least 25 Watts and 2.5 amps - that is about how much power my Delta fan runs at. Haven't found anything decent yet, at least without customizing my own rheostat, which I'm not to sure about doing either at the moment.

I'm not sure which Delta fan you are using, but a lot of Delta's require massive amounts of juice to keep them going. You might want to check on the numbers before trying anything, so you don't end up with smoke coming out of your rig like I did.
Wow, this is good info. I am putting together a ninehundred that will sit in the living room and I've been considering a controller to keep noise down during "off-peak" hours. Have you found any that can handle that much draw?
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And the Vantec?
I just checked, The Vantec Tornado (92mm) pulls 12W @ 1.0A, which is within the specifications of my controller (a "Nexus", also made by Vantec). I'm looking at the box right now and it says Max Power per channel: 18W, and up to 1.5A, so that shouldn't be a problem.

The thing that really disappointed me, however, is that it says this on the back of the box: "DO NOT use on any CPU fans, thermal controlled fans, or adjustable speed fans." I have 3 Thermaltake Smartfan Blue LED 120mm 93CFM Adjustable Fans. Now I am wondering if it means, simply, not to use the second party controller with a fan that is already hooked up to a speed controller..... or if I can't hook it up at all because the fan isn't made for a second party external controller. Hmmm... any Ideas?

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Wow, this is good info. I am putting together a ninehundred that will sit in the living room and I've been considering a controller to keep noise down during "off-peak" hours. Have you found any that can handle that much draw?
Not yet, sorry. I have been looking around occasionally at a variety of online dealers and haven't found any pre-made controllers that can handle that kind of power. I'm not sure how to wire my own rheostat, and am disappointed that I can't use my controller which has cool blue LED's on it (which matched my rigs color scheme, and is partially why I bought it). I want to put another Delta in it too. I might just put on my thinking cap and do some research, and mod my own controller with some tools, but I'm a little hesitant with my current knowledge of electronics. I'll keep you informed and PM you if I find anything decent out there for purchase, however.
    
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