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 Post subject: Easiest and safest fan speed controller?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2003 5:43 pm 
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I'd like to find something (or a set of somethings) that will allow me to control the speed of my various fans. My understanding is that there are the following options:

- use a PSU with "fan only" connectors to help control noise
- use a mobo like AOpen w/ SilentTek to help control noise
- use a Zalman FanMate

I do NOT want to have to build my own circuit, I don't have the tools or time or parts to do something like that. The FanMate worries me because of all the warnings.

Ideally I'm going to have a plethora of 80MM L1A's in my system -- I just ordered a box of 10 for $32 :) But I'd like them operating under 12V, temp controlled would be great.

It's just that there are so many options out there it gets kind of confusing.


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You have many more options:
1) There is speedfan, which can control fan speeds on the 3 pin connectors of some motherboards (in real time, from software). It's very flexible, and I'm using it now...
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

2) Zalman makes a 4pin molex to 2x (5v 3pin) connectors and 2x (12v 3 pin ) connectors.
http://www.zalman.co.kr/english/product ... ector1.htm

3) Any baybus or rheobus, Vantec makes a really good one...

Just to name a few...

What's this with Zalman fanmate warnings?

Oh, temp-controlled=bad in most cases...you want precise control over the fan speed if you want your system to be quiet...

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