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I need some help, I think, in finding a fan controller. I see many kinds but I'm concerned that they have to be a certain strength, to handle certain fans.

The fans I want to power are (2) Delta ABF1212SH 3400RPM, and 1 Scythe Ultra Kaze at 2800RPM. These fans are high wattage and I do not run any of them at more then 50%, most of the time, but if I need to I want to be able to.

All help appreciated, thanks in advanced. I love links!!!
post #2 of 10
For budget I recommend the Rheobus.
For a higher performance you might want the new Rheosmart.
Lamptron FC-2/FC-5 v2 also among the popular choice.
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For budget I recommend the Rheobus.
For a higher performance you might want the new Rheosmart.
Lamptron FC-2/FC-5 v2 also among the popular choice.
So the SUnbeam one that says "20w" can power the deltas with no problem?
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Originally Posted by Chuckclc View Post
So the SUnbeam one that says "20w" can power the deltas with no problem?
Overview:

Delta ABF1212SH 120mm Black Case Fan, 3-Pin Power Connector

Specifications:

* 120x120x25
* 113.11 CFM @ 3400 RPM
* 46.5 dBA
* 6.36 watts
* 0.53 amps
* Maximum Air Pressure 10.92 mm H²O
* 12v DC
* 3 pin power connector

The Rheobus is 20w per channel can easily handle 6.36w fan. Scythe Ultra is similar shouldn't be a problem at all.
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If your looking for a small, easy to use, fan controller I have the "Scythe Q" . It's a 4 channel controller that fits in a external ( or internal for that matter) 3.5" drive bay slot. It was less than $20 Here. The"Q" handles up to 1 amp per channel or a 12watt fan per. Lots of fancy controllers out there with temp gauges and lighting controllers built in soo... If cheap and easy is good, that's this thing. Plus, choice of white or black faceplates availiable

I checked your fans online and each one will be well under the controllers limits for full on cyclone action
Edited by Neeko_The_Freeko - 1/26/11 at 4:24pm
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Thanks guys. + rep. My main concern was power I guess. Was confused with the amps pulled and wattage. Now I have a clearer picture.
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thanks neeko <--- electrician
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I use this one. And not only will it power your fans to their limit, it takes them even 4% higher if needed. Output power is 12v and 1.5A. I don't see any wattage listed. Only complaint I have is it's only good for 3 fans, (without doubling up) the 4th has to run at 100% as there's no dial for it the 4th dial is for LED brightness. Plus there's no 4 pin connectors but who puts the CPU fans on manual fan controllers. I can get by with the 3 extra fans as I have many MB fan ports to use if needed.
And it meets your requirement of being cheap. $10, on sale here. I bought mine for $10 too 4-5 years ago. I installed mine into the obsolete floppy bay.
I see they changed them. These only go to 100%, no more 4% extra. Must've been a problem for some people and they had to discontinue that???


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I've been pretty happy with my Lamptron FC-4. It has three Silverstone 180mm fans hooked up to one channel and seems to work fine.
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Like baba's saying, this is totally possible as well. I have 2 80mm exhaust fans running together on one channel as well, leaving room to add other seperately controlled higher power fans on others. Just check your spec's. volts x amps = watts

This shouldn't be much of a concern since alot of fans only use 6 watts on average (.4 amps) again check dem spec's. it's also a good idea to plan for some head room on each channel to prolong the life of your controller and fans. I've left 20% on each of mine (.2 amps). As with any PC component, heat kills. So running them loaded to the gills ( especially unable to watercool it ) Will shorten it's life. Some cheaper controllers also have only about 8 watts or so of power to give, per channel or even total @ 100%, shortening the gap between what's used and what's left, which will create HEAT.
Just saying, with some things, that's why they are cheap.
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