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02-Aug-2012, 12:25 AM #1
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Hey everyone!

Alright so what I have isn't necessarily a problem but I am a bit curious about it.

I recently installed a new fan for my AMD FX 4-core 4170 4.2 processor because I noticed the temperatures were rather high with the old one, and the old fan that came with it sounded like a jet taking off.

The fan I bought came with a nice controller that I decided to install. Because of the amount of wires and whatnot it needed to have connected to run, I had to lay some of them on the top of my graphics card. Will this effect anything or should I have nothing to worry about?
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02-Aug-2012, 01:45 AM #2
What type of temperatures does the card run at? Does it have a fan or just a heat-sink, generally it should not hurt it but if it gets too hot or there is a fan, there will be a problem.
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02-Aug-2012, 03:36 AM #3
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What type of temperatures does the card run at? Does it have a fan or just a heat-sink, generally it should not hurt it but if it gets too hot or there is a fan, there will be a problem.
Well it does have a fan, two actually, but they are on the underside of the card, the wires that I am talking about are sitting on the top side of the card.

The card runs at around 60c under load I think.
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02-Aug-2012, 09:02 AM #4
Can you tie up the wires with tie wraps or string them so as to not lay across the card?

I doubt having wires just sitting on the backside of the card is going to do anything however when I build a system, I like extra pw connectors, wires, cables, etc neatly tied up and out of the way. Not only does this look better, it facilitates better airflow through the case.

Next if this is a cpu cooler/hsf, why not just use the motherboard's ability to control fan speed via cool&quiet?
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02-Aug-2012, 06:05 PM #5
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Can you tie up the wires with tie wraps or string them so as to not lay across the card?

I doubt having wires just sitting on the backside of the card is going to do anything however when I build a system, I like extra pw connectors, wires, cables, etc neatly tied up and out of the way. Not only does this look better, it facilitates better airflow through the case.

Next if this is a cpu cooler/hsf, why not just use the motherboard's ability to control fan speed via cool&quiet?
Ok I did some messing around with it, and for the most part the wires are no longer on the graphics card.

I don't really have a lot of room TO neatly put them everywhere >_<. It's a pretty cheap case, I can't even put the side back on because it won't fit due to warping.

I was actually going to do it that way with the motherboard controlling it, but the fan connector is a 3pin and I think that removes the ability to control it with the motherboard, so I have to use the fan controller.
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02-Aug-2012, 06:20 PM #6
I have never seen wires melt due to routing in all sorts of messy situations. I mean stuffed in between boards, on hard drives
and laying on the mobo. Now let the insulation get cut and short 5 or 12 to ground and there will be smoke, fire and jello.
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I have never seen wires melt due to routing in all sorts of messy situations. I mean stuffed in between boards, on hard drives
and laying on the mobo. Now let the insulation get cut and short 5 or 12 to ground and there will be smoke, fire and jello.
Good luck.
Ok so basically as long as the coating on the wires remains intact, there shouldn't be any problems, correct?
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02-Aug-2012, 09:08 PM #8
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I was actually going to do it that way with the motherboard controlling it, but the fan connector is a 3pin and I think that removes the ability to control it with the motherboard, so I have to use the fan controller.
Depends on the board. Both asus and gigabyte boards have numerous options under the smart fan menu; PWM [which is the 4 wire type cooler] Auto which will work with a 3 wire cooler, etc.

If you have a low end board, it may not have these options.

FWIW I would much rather have the mb control fan speeds instead of having an add-in panel.
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Depends on the board. Both asus and gigabyte boards have numerous options under the smart fan menu; PWM [which is the 4 wire type cooler] Auto which will work with a 3 wire cooler, etc.

If you have a low end board, it may not have these options.

FWIW I would much rather have the mb control fan speeds instead of having an add-in panel.
I do not believe my board supports that, it was around 100 bucks. Anyway, thanks for solving my question everyone!
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