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Why would you need to display the same temp twice?


No, but want to automate fan speed based on water temp and fans would be on separate channels.
   
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Hey guys, a quick question about the temperature probes on fan controllers.

Can you take a say bits power threaded temp sensor and split it to different channels on a fan controller or will that lower the resistance and change the actual temp reading?



Why would you need to display the same temp twice?

Probably not to 'display' but rather to be able to automatically control the fan speeds on multiple channels from a single temp sensor, which is something most fan controllers can't do. I think an Aquaero probably can, but, for example, a Lamptron CW611 or an FC Touch is supposed to have a separate temp sensor for each channel.

You might need Darlene (IT Diva) or someone else with the electrical skills/know-how to say for certain, but I'm going to say 'No' you won't be able to split a temp sensor to multiple channels like that. A temp sensor doesn't send voltage to a fan controller, it responds to voltage sent by the controller. You would have multiple channels feeding the same sensor. I don't know exactly how temp sensors work, I suspect they operate in a certain resistance range that changes slightly with temperatures or some such, but despite my lack of understanding of the complexities it just doesn't seem like a very good idea to me. I suspect you could burn out the temp sensor or worse, damage your fan controller, or, at the very least I think it would not yield a correct/useable reading by any of the channels.

Just doesn't seem worth it to me. Temp sensors are pretty cheap.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 4/20/14 at 6:03am
post #66213 of 107103
Same here as far as understanding electrical circuits, but if it's a resistor it would probably wind up changing the resistance and not working.

Hey now... These things ain't cheap. Lol

I'm on the last stages of finishing the planning and parts purchasing of my first ever completely custom water cooling build and these fittings ain't cheap. Probably gonna spend like 400 on fittings and if the wife finds out I'm dead. Lol not really but yall know.
   
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Well most standard temp sensors are 10k resistors. So if you have a multimeter and some resistors laying around, it should be easy enough to figure out. Split it like you plan to, and measure the resistance with a multimeter. Maybe it's as simple as adding a 5k resistor on each split. 

 

When i noticed that my rads outlet was like 1/2*C higher than it's inlet, i ended up measuring all my Phobya Inline Sensors. They ranged from like 8.6k - 11.8k. So it's always best to calibrate your sensors anyway if you have something like an aquaero. Just turn on the controller without turning on the fans or pump and make sure all temp sensors are the same temperature (after it's been powered down for a while)

    
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Hmm, maybe. I probably have some resistors somewhere to test.

If it's not a viable solution to split sensor leads it might make more sense financially to go with a higher end controller that will be able to handle more fans per header.
   
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I always tell people to spring for the Aquaero :p

 

Once you get one, it makes it hard to consider running a loop without one

    
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Lol, well for now the 2 I am looking at is either the bitfenix recon or aquaero 5 LT.(the circuit board only one)

I'm really just looking for something that can be controlled through software since it won't be seen.


The cheaper route being the recon but at a 10w per channel will limit me to only 2 fans per channel. I'm going to be using cougar. 30amp fans. Hence where the original question came from. In the end if I would have to purchase different temp sensors the 5 LT might be a better choice.
Edited by sinnedone - 4/20/14 at 6:36am
   
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The looks are.....subjective. I dont like the lighty up bits myself.

Ya, it's not my cup of tea either but I can see where this has an audience.
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Same here as far as understanding electrical circuits, but if it's a resistor it would probably wind up changing the resistance and not working.

Hey now... These things ain't cheap. Lol

I'm on the last stages of finishing the planning and parts purchasing of my first ever completely custom water cooling build and these fittings ain't cheap. Probably gonna spend like 400 on fittings and if the wife finds out I'm dead. Lol not really but yall know.

What kind of sensors do you have that you don't consider 'pretty cheap'?

Assuming you mean liquid coolant temp sensors, as air temp sensors are even less expensive still, I know I have have a dozen of them around with only about half of them in use. Considering what all we typically spend on other watercooling items, They are definitely among the cheapest items I've bought for any of my builds. I've shelled out a LOT more for the fittings, for the fans, for the tubing, for sleeving, and certainly for a fan controller or a pump or blocks or rads. I really can't think of much of anything I've added to a build cheaper than a few temp sensors. Are we even talking about the same thing?

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Yeah same thing. I was looking at the bitspower ones at the top in black. Now if I go with a recon that's limited by the number of fans per channel then I would need 5 or an extra 50 bucks just to have it work like I want.

I also saw a phobya temp/flow meter that looked interesting as well, but that was around 30 dollars and would real get expensive then.
   
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