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    reasons for a slow fan

    the front intake fan on my CM690 is acting wierdly.
    its the stock one that comes with the case and its plugged straight into the motherboard.
    looking at its speeds in HWmoniter its max is 1140rpm, minimum is 165rpm and current is 570rpm
    iv had a look at it but cant see anything blocking
    it is there any other reason it could be going so slowly?
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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Is the fan speed controlled by the motherboard's BIOS?

    Maybe it's running at that speed because it doesn't need to go any faster? What are your temps like?

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Isn't it just the motherboard controlling it depending on heat?

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCrash View Post
    Is the fan speed controlled by the motherboard's BIOS?

    Maybe it's running at that speed because it doesn't need to go any faster? What are your temps like?
    systin - 31C
    core 0 and 1 - 30C
    core 2 and 3 - 25C
    GPU - 56C
    hdd 1 - 25C
    hdd2 - 26C

    i know they are all quite low but the other 2 case fans are both doing 1200rpm and i thought it was odd that one wasnt

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Its contolled by the mobo - and operating normally
    The hware monitor is not reporting the speed correctly
    It is not being with the supplied with the correct voltage
    The fan bearing is seizing up (unlikeley if it is only a month old)
    There is some mechanical obstrucyion affecting it
    All the fans are blowing into the case, and the air flow is such that the other two are forceing air out against the fan, slowing it down.

    Of those, 1 and 2 are the most likely.
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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    If you have a spare fan, you could plug it in place of the slow fan and see what happens.
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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Quote Originally Posted by douglasb View Post
    i know they are all quite low but the other 2 case fans are both doing 1200rpm and i thought it was odd that one wasnt
    Maybe only one of the system fan headers can control the speed, the others run at full speed all the time?

    What motherboard is it? Which headers are the fans plugged into? You're making us do rather a lot of guessing here...

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCrash View Post
    Maybe only one of the system fan headers can control the speed, the others run at full speed all the time?

    What motherboard is it? Which headers are the fans plugged into? You're making us do rather a lot of guessing here...
    sorry...

    motherboard is an asus P5K premium wifi/ap
    the fan is plugged straight into the motherboard, as are the others
    iv tryed it in different headers
    the fan is at the bottom front of the case, blowing in.
    the other two fans are on the bottom of the case blowing up into the GPU and the other is at the top back blowing air out
    there is nothing blocking the fan blades

    im not too bothered about it as its not realy affecting the HDD temps (both around 26C) its just odd that it should be so low compared to the other two. i assumed that if the BIOS decided that the fans could slow down abit it would lower them all by a smaller amout and not one by loads?

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    I'm not familiar with that board, but IIRC Asus's Q-Fan can only control one system fan header in addition to the CPU fan. That doesn't explain why plugging it into different headers made no difference though... maybe it's just an odd fan after all.

    If you want all the fans running at full speed (and the noise doesn't bother you), I guess you could try disabling Q-Fan in the BIOS... still, if your temps are OK there's probably not much point, as you say...

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    Re: reasons for a slow fan

    Maybe I'm showing my age here, but those temps look fine to me! Maybe the fan is running slow simply because it doesn't have to run fast?
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