[quote="yunez"]<br>-Firstly, i found a Panaflo 80mm LOW L1A Fan. What does the "L1A" mean? Also, what relevance does the 80mm spec have?
Panflo has 3 models, the L series is the lowest powered and most quiet of the series. Fans are measured by their blade diameter and it is usually stated in milimeters (mm).
<br>-How do i know which connector/tail option I should get?
<br>"2 wire with MB Molex"
<br>"Panaflo OEM Connector to 4 PIN"
<br>"Panaflo 3 wire OEM Connector to 3 PIN MB"
If you look inside your case, you will find most of the connectors are 4 wire molex type for harddrives, etc.. Your motherboard uses a type of 3 pin connector for fan headers and most motherboards have 2 or 3 of these. One is for your heatsink fan, one is for a case fan, and most of the new ones have one for your power supply fan but your PSU has to support that connection. One of the 3 wires is for speed sensing signals (rpm). Most Panaflo do not have the 3 wire or the speed reporting circuit.
<br>-Ive heard of running Panaflos at 7v vs 12v to reduce noise. Is this recommended? How is this done? (im clueless with wires/soldering)
Easy to do if you get the right connectors. See http://www.dslwebserver.com/main/fr_index.html?/main/5-7-adapter.html
<br>-Im thinking of replacing some of my fans with Panaflos. Will i be able to replace my PAL6035 Sanyo Denki fan with the panaflo mentioned above? Also, will i be able to use the panaflo to replace the fan in my PSU? Do i need specific connectors to replace the particular fans? (ie is there a different connector for PSU fans, HSF fans, and general case fans?)
Your PAL6035 uses a 60mm fan. You can replace it with a 80mm fan, but you need a 60 to 80 adapter. This would allow you to run a quieter fan and get the same cooling. I recommend the plastic Alaska adapter as it is vented properly and allows you to get best use of the 80mm fan. You can get them at www.kdcomputers.com
. You would want the "3 pin MB connector" you mentioned above.
<br>-Finally, regarding the above question, where do i actually plug in the connector for the panaflo in the PSU? Is there a little 'socket' in the PSU? What about case fans? Is there a small 'socket' on the MB (like for HSF fans), or does it draw power from the PSU like any other IDE device?
Replacing the fan in a PSU unit is not a simple task. Read http://w3.one.net/~robotech/quiet_psu.htm
. Note his disclaimer at the very first!!! Many PSU fans are soldered in so you would need to be able to solder, etc..
Case fans usually have 3 wire molex connectors and go to the socket on the MB. They also can have 4 wire molex connectors and connect directly to the PSU. There are adapters to allow you to connect 3 wire to 4 wire etc. available. Look at the accessories at KD Computers or go to www.nexfan.com
For lots of help in this area, go look through http://www.amdforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=154105
, there are answers to almost everything you could ask about fans cooling etc..