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should i buy converter for 4 pin PWM fans? is it safe

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i have 5? i didnt knew that xD leme look into it..
 
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One thing to remember is, when you gang them up like that, they all run at the same speed(or rather with the same PWM signal). You can't control the speeds(PWM signals) of the individual fans. Which might seem rather obvious. But wording like SilverStone uses for the hub linked above could lead you to think otherwise.

SilverStone said:
Support speed detection for accurately controlling fans
Which is true. If by "accurately controlling" you mean running a bunch of identical fans at the same speed. Different fans will run at different speeds though. Even with the exact same PWM signal. So I wouldn't call that very "accurate control".
 
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Those fan ports can take 3 pin and 4 pin fans. You dont need to buy anything special to use them. I think I misunderstood

 
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The opposite is also true I believe, you should be able to use a 4 pin PWM fan plug in a standard 3 pin header. It just won't have the PWM function. That said, I believe even 3 pin fans can be controlled at least with a fan controller, also (maybe, not sure) in the BIOS... but those methods drop the voltage supplied to the fan. For example, your 3 pin fan controller set to 75% would pump out 9v to the fan constantly. A PWM system running at 75% would be supplying 12 of power 75% of the time.

Personally I don't bother with such things. I run all my fans at 100% all the time, and I just use quiet fans. The only fans that don't are on my video cards. That's because I just use the stock cooler, which obviously already comes with a fan, that would be rather loud at 100%. I do use a modified fan curve though which runs it faster than normal, but not at 100%.
 
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