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2nd PSU fan won't spin

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    I just got a brand new Seasonic M12 600W for a build i'm doing and i having a problem with it. The first thing i do when i get a new PSU is test it with my Rexus PSU tester (the one w/ LCD screen). So as usual i plugged in the 24 pin and 8 pin connectors into the PSU tester and plugged in the power cord. Everything is OK (good voltages, etc), except for the fact that the 2nd 60mm fan on the PSU won't spin, in fact it starts spinning for about 1 second and then stops. The big 140mm works fine. What does this mean, do i have a bad PSU? The only thing i can think of is that the other fan will start when i plug more stuff into a PSU (remember i only plugged in 2 connectors for testing). I'm gonna start testing the other connectors one by one as per the PSU tester's manual, may be it will start spinning? Anyway, has anyone ever heard of this kinda thing before?
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    Its prolly only for when the PSU trips its thermal limit and then kicks on.
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    So this is normal for a PSU w/ 2 fans? Everything else checks out: i tested all connectors one by one and they are good. Voltages are almost perfect as well, so i can't find anything wrong with it other than that silly fan.
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    I dont see any reason not to use it. One 80mm fan isnt going to do much anyways. And since its got a 140mm fan as well, you'd be crazy to send it back and wait for a week or two just for 20-30 CFM.
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    I didn't say i'm sending it back, i'm just trying to find out if this is normal. I'm going to call Seasonic and ask them, hopefully they can answer my question.
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    I hope so too, haha. Im betting its a thermal trip thing.
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    I read in a magazine that this is common, the second fan just kicks in if the temps are too high or at a certain level. So dont worry.
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    I agree, what you say makes sense, still i'd like to hear it from them. I'll post an answer after i find out. I hope their tech support is not horrible.

    Edit: thnx MRCL. Looks like we posted at the sime time, lol
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    More than likely a thermal trip that starts the fan spinning. I've gotten a few PSU's that do that, though usually they have a sticker on them telling you the fan might not spin unless it is needed.

    Edit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowI...ption=SeaSonic M12 SS-600HM 600W Power Supply

    If you look at the picture from newegg, the sticker I was talking about is supposed to be on your Seasonic. Maybe they just left it off at the factory as an oversight or something, but that fan is definitely temperature activated. It is hard to read in that picture, but the sticker says "Temperature Activated Fan Rotates only when required".
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    duh, boy am i dumb. i didn't even see that sticker until you pointed it out. I read the manual and the other sticker with voltages but not that one. In that case problem solved. thnx newtekie :)

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