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Will a 3 Pin Fan Connecter Fit in a 4 Pin Motherboard?

By akaivan
Jun 7, 2007
  1. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    It might, but you risk either ruining the fan or the motherboard. Save yourself the trouble and get the correct part.
     
  3. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    ok thanks, so the 3 pin will work with the 4 pin, but any idea wich cooler i should get? the rosewill ( better ratings ) or the arctic cooling one?
     
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

  5. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    vnf4ultra glad to still see you around lol. i havnt been on ts for a while... anyways that cooler is 5$ extra... which isn't bad but does it support am2 and the newer x2 processors?
     
  6. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    There is nothing "incorrect" here.

    Most intel 775 mobos are 4 pin, and many after market Hsf's are 3 pin, such as the big typhoon (what i have)
     
  7. akaivan

    akaivan TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 470

    yea im sure it wouldnt make a difference if i used a 3 pin or 4 pin. imma go with the arctic cooling for 15$ vnf4ultra recommended another but im not sure if that will run a am2 x2 amd cpu at good temp's
     
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    The one I linked does support am2.
    http://www.sunbeamtech.com/PRODUCTS/wisper/wisper.htm
    I've never used it, so I can't personally say whether it's any good, but it has generally good reviews on newegg, and looks like a decent design. One reviewer was using an opteron 170 which has a pretty high heat output.

    The coolers you linked to are probably just fine too, I just like heatpipe designs.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    true, but if the current draw is greater than supplied, you can risk damage.
    the fourth pin is for smart fan circuits that regulate fan spead.
     
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