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Ok, so I have narrowed it down to two coolers.
CM N520
Zalman 9500 92mm

What am I going to need to swing this? I would like to use the 4-pin (not molex) connection on my mobo, can I just plug a 3-pin onto it and have it work? Or will there be complications?

Also, if it does work, will my mobo still be able to manage fan speed?
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Works fine. The 4th pin is for fan control, so you won't be able to control the fan... but that's it.

http://www.allpinouts.org/index.php/..._Fan_Connector
    
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
Works fine. The 4th pin is for fan control, so you won't be able to control the fan... but that's it.

http://www.allpinouts.org/index.php/..._Fan_Connector
yeah i figured that but according to the article i would have to do manual fan control, at least one of them comes with a controller
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 1/2/11 at 12:56pm
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Well, you will still be able to control the fan assuming your motherboard has an option for voltage control instead of PWM.
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yeah i figured that but according to the article i would have to do manual fan control, at least one of them comes with a controller
If you look closely at it, you should see a piece of plastic that shows which pins to plug it into. It will work fine.
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