Originally Posted by bam06005
What's the best way to go about hooking up fans in the R4?
So take the included fan controller (up to 3 fans). Then throw in, say a Gigabyte UD3H z77 that has four 4-pin headers and a cpu fan header.
Then take a 5 fan configuration: 2 front intake, 1 bottom intake, 1 top/back exhaust, and 1 back exhaust.
Oh yeah, don't forget the cooler. Something like a NH-D14. That only comes with stock 3-pin fans, so I could go with a splitter to run the entire cooler unit off the cpu header.
So what three fans would plug into the controller? Or maybe would you run splitters and have everything running into the controller? I do like pwm and the UD3H would do just fine automatically regulating the fans. Or maybe have the controller hooked up to the 3 intakes, then when I am gaming I can crank them up and then just drop them back down when I'm finished, leaving the exhaust hooked up to mobo headers.
I really don't know what's optimal. I want a clean look, that's for sure.
It's all depending on the fans you choose, and how close the speed you'll run them at is close to their maximal speed.
I would certainly recommend to hook the 2 front fans to the same controller header, and they will probably be generating most of the noise. The bottom intake would be allocated to another controller header (I'm assuming all case fans will be identital) or the same header as well, if wattage is sufficient. It's depending on how you'd like to optimize noise (bottom intake tend to be slightly less noisy than front intakes). The last header would run both exhaust fans at the same speed (ther ationale behind that the more heat is generated, the more fans need to exhaust it).
I'm confused bu the CPU fan headrer on the mobo: I would assume it had 1 4-pins CPU header for PWM control, and potentially a second header (3-pinsonly) to power a second CPU fan (similar setup to the ASRock P67 Extreme 6 I have). Anyway, I thoroughly recommend running the CPU and GPU on PWM to optimize noise!
I'm using the Arc Midi, which shares most of its internal with the R4, and run hte same configuration of fan as you intend to. My setup is (with 4 fan channels)
- 2 front intake fans (Thermalright TY-147) on a single fan controller header
- 1 bottom intake fan (Thermalright X-Silent 140, to be replaced by another TY-147) on a separate fan controller header
- 1 top/back exhaust fan (Phobya G-silent 18) on a separate fan controller header
- 1 back exhaust fan (Thermalright X-Silent 140, to be replaced by another TY-147) on a separate fan controller header
If I were you, I would run the 3 intake fans from the R4 controller, let let the mobo rake care of heat exhaust.
Hope this helps!