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    Cutting fan wire?

    Hi guys,

    I bought some Yate fans.

    My question: If I cut the 4pin connectors off will the fan still work?


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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    cut away, just make sure its tidy as possible, you don't want the wires shorting each other

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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    It depends - how are they wired?

    If there is just a yellow wire going to the motherboard then do not cut anything. That's only for the fan speed, not power.

    I've not seen a fan that's been wired for both power from the mobo and molex, so be careful what you're doing (than again, I've not had any Yates recently)
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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    I cut the molexes off my loonies with no problems.

    Careful with the chainsaw though.
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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    It depends - how are they wired?

    If there is just a yellow wire going to the motherboard then do not cut anything. That's only for the fan speed, not power.

    I've not seen a fan that's been wired for both power from the mobo and molex, so be careful what you're doing (than again, I've not had any Yates recently)
    The Yates I have are wired just like in the picture, it is definitely safe to cut as shown in the pic.

    He wants to remove the pass-through molex connectors and just use the small 3pin connector.
    Last edited by LuckyNV; 02-11-2008 at 03:07 PM.

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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    Cool - not seen one like that yet
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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    You can easily cut off either connector, 4 pin molex or 3 pin. Fans are designed to work with both (not at the same time tho!)

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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    Quote Originally Posted by spoon_ View Post
    You can easily cut off either connector, 4 pin molex or 3 pin. Fans are designed to work with both (not at the same time tho!)
    not true, using the diagram to explain

    You can cut off B+C and use A
    You can cut C and use B or A

    The fan becomes unusable if A is cut

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    Re: Cutting fan wire?

    If you cut power from the fan OBVIOUSLY it becomes unusable lol

    For 4 pin molex you need red+black wire (5V) or yellow + black (12V)
    For 3 pin molex you need red+black wire (yellow optional for RPM control.)

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