Noctua 40mm NF-A4x20 FLX or PWM? (for flex atx psu)

Tester

Cable Smoosher
Original poster
Jul 22, 2017
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I have the Flex ATX Enhance ENP-7660B coming. As I understand it I can replace the stock fan in one of two ways.

1. Use the 3 pin FLX fan and connect it to the original psu internal header.

2. Use the 4 pin PWM fan, connect it to the motherboard and set a fan curve through software.

Can someone experienced with this give me an idea which would be the better approach? Thanks.
 

der_brennesel

Chassis Packer
Apr 20, 2018
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Internal header is always the better approach to PSU Fan modding as the Motherboard has no idea about PSU thermals, but the PSU does. Some PSUs don't have a decent fan control though so improvement might be minimal.

I'd give the internal approach a try and if it doesn't work switch it to the motherboard.


You can use 4-Pin Fan for both internal and external connection so i'd go for the PWM version. They both come with the same adapters (2-pin internal) and connectors.
 
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paulesko

Master of Cramming
Jul 31, 2019
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There are motherboards that can take an external temp sensor (asus x570-I rog gaming for example) and you can draw your own curve based on that sensor (that you can place inside the psu) also you can use a fan controller like a aquacomputer quadro, that can take several temp imputs and control up to four different fans each of them with a different curve related to a different temp.