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    Default fan controller or just some y adapters?

    So it dawned on me yesterday that I don't have enough fan headers... then I thought fan controller, but I'm not sure if it's really necessary, because the board has pretty decent fan control already and the spectre fans aren't loud even at top speed.

    Do I lose anything using y adapters?

    I ask because most of the time I'd be controlling two fans to be the same anyway, so a controller seems wasteful. I really like the idea of turning the fans way down low if I need to leave the computer on at night.

    I have been looking at the Bitfenix fan controller, but I think I may prefer something with real buttons or knobs. My only real requirement is that it has to go into a 5.25, because I may have used a Dremel to take off the rivets holding in that dumb 3.5!

    EDIT: If you do recommend a fan controller, please make sure it's available at memoryexpress.com - that's my local dealer. I would really appreciate that.

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    Well, if your motherboard has bundled software that can control the fans via the mobo's fan headers in the OS that would be a good option. If you wanted to run a Y slitter off them you'd have to check your motherboards fan header safe wattage etc. Once you have worked that out then you would need to look up the fans you're trying to run and find out their W and see if you can run 2 off the same header.

    Otherwise (if you don't have decent fan control via software or decent bios control eg. as temp increases ramp up fan type control) then i'd suggest going for a fan controller, your website there has a very limited selection... I use a NZXT sentry mesh which isn't on your site but its the same as the bitfinex one you listed pretty much.. the one with the physical sliders. Those have much higher W per channel so you can split those if need be later down the track if you so desire..

    You wont lose anything using Y adapters, you just need to make sure the mobo can support 2 fans via one header, and if it can which ones, because sometimes they're rated differently. Then you'd just chose to split the header with more power..

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    I have the BitFenix Recon which Vinman reviewed for PureOC. Works great and allows remote access.

    BitFenix Recon Internet Connected Fan Controller | Pure Overclock

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    You don't know me and that's the way i like it!

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob2701 View Post
    I have the BitFenix Recon which Vinman reviewed for PureOC. Works great and allows remote access.

    BitFenix Recon Internet Connected Fan Controller | Pure Overclock
    I use the Recon as well. Great controller and has a lot of features.

    The Grid that Tee mentioned is also a great, simple and cheap option.
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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    Thank you raz, very detailed! I could do the y adapters, have to check pricing. If it's a lot cheaper I will definitely go that route vs controller.

    The Bitfenix controller is sounding better and better to me. The review has me convinced. And if I find it cheaper elsewhere, memex price beats anyone. I know their selection is not the best, but they are local, so I will always support them. Plus their service is good.

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    You're welcome the split will cost you about 2 dollars, just need to make sure your board can support your fans, I believe your mobo has fan xpert? from memory, so you could install that and see if that works for you.

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    Default Re: fan controller or just some y adapters?

    I bought the y cables. They had some bitfenix ones that looked good and gave me the length I needed. A bit more expensive at like 20 for three, but I can live with that.

    Haven't had time to hook them up yet, been at my girl's place most of the last few days.

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