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Question about fan splitter.

SleepingGiant20
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So today I bought a fan splitter for my 3 pin fans. Splitter has 4 pin connector which connects to motherboard, other two are for fans and they are 4 pin and 3 pin.

That 3 pin connector is very weird because it isn't a tipical 3 pin fan header. It has 2 pins , then empty space and then the last pin.

Can I connect 3 pin fan to 2 pins?

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yes you can use 3 pin fans on a 4 pin header. the point of missing the pin if I'm not mistaken is to only report back 1 RPM

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The first 2 pins are power connectors, the 3rd pin (missing one) is the rpm sensor and the 4th one is the pwm connector.

 

You can use the splitter to split to two fans but you will of course only get the rpm readout from one fan.

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Just now, GDRRiley said:

yes you can use 3 pin fans on a 4 pin header. the point of missing the pin if I'm not mistaken is to only report back 1 RPM

I know that I can use 3 pin fans on a 4 pin header, but can I use 3 pin fans on a 2 pin header?

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1 minute ago, Stahlmann98 said:

The first 2 pins are power connectors, the 3rd pin (missing one) is the rpm sensor and the 4th one is the pwm connector.

 

You can use the splitter to split to two fans but you will of course only get the rpm readout from one fan.

I was worried that I got broken pin header. Thank you!

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2 minutes ago, GDRRiley said:

yes you can use 3 pin fans on a 4 pin header. the point of missing the pin if I'm not mistaken is to only report back 1 RPM

Yup, pin 3 is 'sense', to see how fast a fan is moving. The motherboard expects to get speed back from one fan, which is why it's only on one of the male ends.

1 minute ago, SleepingGiant20 said:

I know that I can use 3 pin fans on a 4 pin header, but can I use 3 pin fans on a 2 pin header?

Yes.

Pin 2 is used for speed control (be sure to set your motherboard to DC control on that header). Pin 3 is to ask one fan how fast it is moving.

 

Keep in mind with a splitter, all connected fans to that splitter will move at the same speed.

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2 minutes ago, minibois said:

Yup, pin 3 is 'sense', to see how fast a fan is moving. The motherboard expects to get speed back from one fan, which is why it's only on one of the male ends.

Yes.

Pin 2 is used for speed control (be sure to set your motherboard to DC control on that header). Pin 3 is to ask one fan how fast it is moving.

 

Keep in mind with a splitter, all connected fans to that splitter will move at the same speed.

So, if I have two 3 pin fans, one can spin max at 1500 rpm and the other one at 1000 rpm, both are going to spin at 1000 rpm?

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Just now, SleepingGiant20 said:

So, if I have two 3 pin fans, one can spin max to 1500 rpm and the other on at 1000 rpm, both are going to spin at 1000 rpm?

No both would spin their max 

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1 minute ago, GDRRiley said:

No both would spin their max 

But you said "at the same speed". 1000 RPM fan cant go to 1500 RPM.

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1 minute ago, SleepingGiant20 said:

But you said "at the same speed". 1000 RPM fan cant go to 1500 RPM.

That was assuming identical fans. If you only using 3 pin you’ve got voltage controlled speed so they never will be at the same speed. 

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14 minutes ago, SleepingGiant20 said:

So, if I have two 3 pin fans, one can spin max at 1500 rpm and the other one at 1000 rpm, both are going to spin at 1000 rpm?

Your motherboard doesn't work with RPM, it works with %:

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(This is just an illustrative example)

 

So if you set it up so they both run at 100%, they will run at 1500 and 1000RPM respectively. If you set them up at 50%, they will run at 750RPM and 500RPM.. etc.

It's just that they're both at the same %.

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