Little cube case fans setup HELP

CubeBucket

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Hi there!

In this thread there's all you need to know about my build and my case layout:

https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/mini-itx-cube-case-build-yay.2912/

Now I have to set the fans up and it's a bit tricky because I've never done something similar before.

This is what I have at the moment:

- stock CPU FAN
- CASE 12cm fan 3-pins

And I ran out of MOBO connectors.

I was thinking to get this:

https://www.amazon.it/Akasa-AK-CBFA06-30-Flexa-Splitter-Ventole/dp/B008FZBF7E/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1501934355&sr=8-10&keywords=sata+ventola+pc

And I need to ask you if I risk to fry everything with this cable mod.

Also: where should I place the fans? I have the case fan above the CPU fan. What should the case fan do? Blow the air IN or OUT, since it sits above the CPU fan? Should I ditch this 12cm 3-pins fan for a 14cm 4-pins fan? I also have 2 slots for 8cm fans on the back of the case, so which fans should I get to keep this baby silent and fresh? Should they blow IN or OUT?
 

AleksandarK

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Try to experiment. Since every case is diffrent i cant say what would be otpimal. First try: 120 or 140 pullung air from the top and those 80mm set up to exaust the hot air.
Second try:reverse every fan. 80mm pulling cold air in and 120 or 140 as exaust.

Oh, i forgot. WELCIME TO THE FORUM. HOPE YOU LIKE HERE. Plenty of things to see.
 

CubeBucket

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Try to experiment. Since every case is diffrent i cant say what would be otpimal. First try: 120 or 140 pullung air from the top and those 80mm set up to exaust the hot air.
Second try:reverse every fan. 80mm pulling cold air in and 120 or 140 as exaust.

Oh, i forgot. WELCIME TO THE FORUM. HOPE YOU LIKE HERE. Plenty of things to see.

Alright I'll try :)

What about that SATA adapter cable? I can see that it has 3 fans slots, one sata connector to get the power and one 4-pins connector that goes to the mobo. Have you ever seen one of these? What's the purpose of that 4-pins connector? Fans speed regulation or again, power? ...Because if it provides some power I'm afraid that pluggin all 3 fans would damage the MOBO.........
 

AleksandarK

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4 pin is to provide PWM. Sata is to handle power.
Edit: cable seems legit since it has good rewievs and manufacturer is AKASA.
 

msystems

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Please note, That adapter will work best if you purchase 4-pin PWM case fans such as the arctic F12, F14, ect. https://www.arctic.ac/us_en/f14-pwm.html


If you connect a 3 pin fan to this adapter it will work but be very loud and run at 12v full speed. So use only real 4pin pwm fans for best results. I read the specification of your msi mainboard and it has two 4-pin.

This way you can use the bios or software like speenfan to control the speed and noise. So buy which fans you like, as long as they are 4 pin pwm
 
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CubeBucket

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Please note, That adapter will work best if you purchase 4-pin PWM case fans such as the arctic F12, F14, ect. https://www.arctic.ac/us_en/f14-pwm.html


If you connect a 3 pin fan to this adapter it will work but be very loud and run at 12v full speed. So use only real 4pin pwm fans for best results. I read the specification of your msi mainboard and it has two 4-pin.

This way you can use the bios or software like speenfan to control the speed and noise. So buy which fans you like, as long as they are 4 pin pwm
Yes mate! Only 4-pins PMW fans :) ..my mobo has one slot for the cpu fan and One for the case fan. Already checked.

My main question was: do I risk to fry my mobo and or PSU with that cable+3 pmw fans plugged in it?

If the answer is no, as I might have understood, I Will soon post some pics :)
 
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SeñorDonut

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I'm not too much of a fan of fan splitters (pun not intended). Check out the Corsair Commander Mini and Pro, both of which can control up to 6 fans, but beware, they're a tad expensive.
 
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msystems

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Yes mate! Only 4-pins PMW fans :) ..my mobo has one slot for the cpu fan and One for the case fan. Already checked.


My main question was: do I risk to fry my mobo and or PSU with that cable+3 pmw fans plugged in it?

If the answer is no, as I might have understood, I Will soon post some pics :)

No. It's getting power from sata. it gets 0 power from the motherboard
 

CubeBucket

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I'm not too much of a fan of fan splitters (pun not intended). Check out the Corsair Commander Mini and Pro, both of which can control up to 6 fans, but beware, they're a tad expensive.
Niece piece of tech! But it's too much for my build. Not to mention that in my cube case there's not much space left :) ....anyway, the cable that I linked is a SATA splitter as well. Not a usual Y-shaped PWM 4-pins splitter :)
 
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