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I have a corsairHX 520W

now bear with me here as I try to explain this nooby question

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i have a question about powering fans in your case......

ok you know how most fans you buy nowadays have ends that look like this



im not sure if this is correct but I will call the end with the "jacks" male

and the end end without "jacks" female

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now once I connect the male end of the fan to the female end (the cable from the psu) can I then connect the female end of the fan to another male molex from another fan so it can get power?

or would that not give the fan enough power and it runs @ low RPM or not at all so the fan would have to be connected to the cable from the PSU

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i would like to know because if i can interconnect fans so they get power it really cuts down on the wires I need from the PSU thus better cable management

which in theory = better airflow = decreased temps = longer life = saves me $$$
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post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by BTK View Post
I have a corsairHX 520W

now bear with me here as I try to explain this nooby question

-----------

i have a question about powering fans in your case......

ok you know how most fans you buy nowadays have ends that look like this



im not sure if this is correct but I will call the end with the "jacks" male

and the end end without "jacks" female

-----------

now once I connect the male end of the fan to the female end (the cable from the psu) can I then connect the female end of the fan to another male molex from another fan so it can get power?

or would that not give the fan enough power and it runs @ low RPM or not at all so the fan would have to be connected to the cable from the PSU

---------

i would like to know because if i can interconnect fans so they get power it really cuts down on the wires I need from the PSU thus better cable management

which in theory = better airflow = decreased temps = longer life = saves me $$$
yes you can do that
and the ends are called 4pin molex connectors
post #3 of 13
like noobdown said..... yes you can.. i wont effect anything
post #4 of 13
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i know they are 4 pin molex, i just didnt know which is called male and which is called female

and thanks, i was afraid before that I had to connect it straight 2 the psu cable for it 2 get full power
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post #5 of 13
If you r psu has 3pin connectors you dont need that adaptor,But if not plug in adaptor to available n4pin molex [female on adaptor] then three pin to fan] .and thats it.
    
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im talking about the molex connectors on the actual fans
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post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by markt View Post
If you r psu has 3pin connectors you dont need that adaptor,But if not plug in adaptor to available n4pin molex [female on adaptor] then three pin to fan] .and thats it.
U can also plug them into your motherboard if they have the 3 wire connector
    
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i tried that they need the molex or else they run very slow because they dont get enough power
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post #9 of 13
they are still male and female 4 pin molex connectors the one plugging in to the other is the male and the one being plugged in to is the female, thats how i have always looked at it, no matter what plug your talking about.

the molex plugs only fit together one way so no worries there. also the circuits are parallel. so in theory you should be fine. but how much you run on one set of wires is going to depend on if your PSU can do it. I would think any decent one would be just fine. you would have to plug in an awful Lot of stuff to cause an issue

edit: by the time i typed this there was already a bunch more post's
as I said its a parallel circuit so weather its 1 fan or 8 fans they will be receiving an equal amount of power
example:
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by BTK View Post
i know they are 4 pin molex, i just didnt know which is called male and which is called female

and thanks, i was afraid before that I had to connect it straight 2 the psu cable for it 2 get full power
the end that is stuck into something is the male end
the end that recieves is the female end
thats the easy way to remember
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