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Just got my new equipment, need to change my sign. soon, anywhere, I was wondering to all who uses the zalman 9500, can I hook the 3 pin connector directly to the mobo instead of the controller first then mobo. I'm assuming it'll run at full speed constantly without the controller, is this correct, or does the controller make it run at higher speeds than if it were directly connected. Chances are, I will not be adjusting the controller for varies fan speeds. Any one have any ideas or suggestions?
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Ahhhh ... changed - hopefully all the parts will make it here this week, and I'll have the thing up and running this weekend. Thanks folks
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i hooked it up to the fan mate that came with it and snaked the fan controller to one of my empty optical bays, that way it's easy to tweak the speeds.

only reason i'm using the fan mate and not my fan controller is because i need to find a Y adapter with 2 female ends.

what case do you have and what direction do you have the 9500 facing?
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I plugged my 7000 right into the mobo. Works at 100% all the time, but isn't loud at all. ttylf has the same cooler as you and I believe he also went straight to the mobo.

EDIT: Make sure you have it blowing towards your rear case fan.
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Are there any risks running this thing at full speed? Probably reduce the life span a little bit perhaps?

Renegade5399: Blowing towards the rear of the case, right ... which way does the fan blow? I'm assuming if you're in front of the case, you can see the fan facing you? I believe that's what I saw in the manual, the fan blows towards the heatsinks.

Where's that UPS truck, come on ... I need the rest of my parts.
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Are there any risks running this thing at full speed? Probably reduce the life span a little bit perhaps?

Renegade5399: Blowing towards the rear of the case, right ... which way does the fan blow? I'm assuming if you're in front of the case, you can see the fan facing you? I believe that's what I saw in the manual, the fan blows towards the heatsinks.

Where's that UPS truck, come on ... I need the rest of my parts.
No, but running it off the motherboard connector might dirty your power and affect your OC/stability.
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sccr, no it won't.

The power all comes from the same supply. I have NEVER had a fan affect my OC, EVER. Running it at 100% may shorten the life, but its negligible. The only real reason they give you the controller is for noise reduction.
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I don't need anymore wires to hide, I've got one too many already the way it is. I don't mind the noise ... I guess I shouldn't talk too soon, I'll have to power it up this weekend, after all the parts get here.
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sccr, no it won't.

The power all comes from the same supply. I have NEVER had a fan affect my OC, EVER. Running it at 100% may shorten the life, but its negligible. The only real reason they give you the controller is for noise reduction.
Study power and then come back and repeat your statement. Any device attached to the motherboard will "dirty" the power. Without getting into a technical discussion, this is something that is unavoidable. As far as it not affecting your Overclock, glad to hear it. It "can"
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post #10 of 16
sccr is right, now how much it will effect is not much unless your running some power hungry fans... i say if its bigger than 92mm run it from the psu, but smaller i think is safe to plug directly into mobo...
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