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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2002 10:02 pm 
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I have seem many people in this forum refers a fan controler called "SpeedFan".
How does SpeedFan works and where can I get it?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2002 10:32 pm 
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A 3 second trip to google produced the SpeedFan homepage:
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

SpeedFan Homepage wrote:
SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages in computers with hardware monitoring chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info for those hard disks that support this feature (almost all :-)) and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some motherboards. At the lowest level, SpeedFan is an hardware monitoring software, but its main feature is that it can control the speed of the fans (depending on your sensor chip) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing noise and power consumption


Check the list of supported motherboards to see if your's is there

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2002 10:59 pm 
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Thanks for the info
I checked the site and yes my mobo and chipset are supported (Asus P4S333, Sis 645).
There I understand how SpeedFan controls and monitor HDD and CPU fan. But how about other case fan? I have a Panaflow 80mm on the back run full 12v. How do I get SpeedFan to control that one?

And is SpeedFan considered the best Fan controler?


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The fan has to be plugged into your motherboard for it to be controlled by speedfan. You can wire a 3 pin socket onto it instead of the molex it has now.

There's another program called FanSpeed that is similar, but SpeedFan supports more motherboards. The link for FanSpeed can be found on the Links page.

Speaking of which; Hey Mike, how come FanSpeed is there, but not SpeedFan? Speedfan is mentioned in the description of Fanspeed but isn't linked.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2002 6:11 pm 
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Thanks for the input!
I have a Antec True380 with the fan only connector.
If you were me, would you connect CPU fan and/or case fan to Antec's fan only or go with SpeedFan by plug into mobo?
Which will do a better job?

PS. I haven't try the fan only on the Antec but I will try both method later to see the result.


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alexcheng1979 wrote:
Thanks for the input!
I have a Antec True380 with the fan only connector.
If you were me, would you connect CPU fan and/or case fan to Antec's fan only or go with SpeedFan by plug into mobo?
Which will do a better job?

PS. I haven't try the fan only on the Antec but I will try both method later to see the result.


Go with the Antec fan only connectors. If you have several fans, it will do a better job of keeping everything quiet. Speedfan is good, but you really are limited to the fans you can connect to the mobo, usually the HSF plus one case fan. With the Antec, you can control more fans and more powerful fans than are supported by the mobo headers (limited to 360mA in most boards) and get the benefit of the PSU working in concert with all of your case fans.

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I'd also suggest going with the Antec Fan-omly connectors. They run just a little above 5V at their default cool setting, yet wiil give near 11V at their max setting. I'm running my 120mm L1A as the exhaust fan off of the fan-only connector and it is damn near silent. Case temps stay under 30C always.

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