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CPU_FAN Header vs. Fan Controller

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Just a quick question: When building a system, do you HAVE to connect your CPU cooler's fan cables to the CPU_FAN Header connection on the mobo? Or can you just use an aftermarket fan controller? The way I see it is that the fan controller is going to control the fans just like the header will, right?
     
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CPU fan header usually provides additional speeds once your temp has reach beyond a certain threshold, while fan controllers you usually have to control manually.
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ya. like above said use mobo to control cpu fan. ive seen a mobo not even boot before unless you had a cpu fan plugged in. But the mother board will give you better control and a safe feeling, if you take off comp goes under load who is gonna turn up fan speed if on controller. Plugged in Mobo it will do it for you then with PWM fans now have crazy fan speed control.
     
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You guys confirmed my suspicions. Thanks! Rep+ for the both of you!
     
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