So the motherboard can support 4 fans.
The motherboard has a 4-pin CPU fan header (CPU_FAN), a 3-pin fan header (SYS_FAN1), a 4-pin system fan header (SYS_FAN2) and a 3-pin power fan header (PWR_FAN). Each fan header supplies a +12V power voltage and possesses a foolproof insertion design. When connecting a fan cable, be sure to connect it in the correct orientation. Most fans are designed with color-coded power connector wires. A red power connector wire indicates a positive connection and requires a +12V voltage. The black connector wire is the ground wire. The motherboard supports CPU fan speed control, which requires the use of a CPU fan with fan speed control design. For optimum head dissipation, it is recommended that a system fan be installed inside the chassis.
4-pin CPU fan (item #3)
3-pin sys_fan1 (item #4
4-pin sys_fan2 (item #5)
3-pin pwr_fan (item #6)
Can I control the fans using a program like SpeedFan or should I get a Fan Controller? I will have 1x5" bay and 1x3.5" bay (if I decide not to install the floppy drive) so I can install a fan controller in one of these 2 slots.
What is the difference betwen the 3-pin and 4-pin fan connectors? In the motherboard they look almost the same, except the 4-pin has 1 extra pin.
Antec solo case:
The case fan has 2 wires that go into a 4-pin. This isn't the same 4-pin's from the motherboard. You know in the back of your IDE HD/CD drive, you have the 4-pin power connector? It looks like that. From some other threads I read, I thought you couldn't control fans with these kind of connectors?
The case includes one 120mm TriCool fan installed in the rear. This fan has a three-speed switch that lets you choose between quiet, performance, or maximum cooling. The fan is installed so that the air is blowing out of the case. Connect a large 4-pin connector from the PSU to the male 4-pin connector on the fan.
Speed: High 2000 RPM
Input current: 0.24A (MAX)
Air Flow: 2.24 m^3/min (79CFM)
Statif Pressure: 2.54 mm-H2O (0.10 inch-H2O)
Acoustical Noise: 30 dBA
Input Power: 2.9W
Speed: Medium 1600 RPM
Input current: 0.2A
Air Flow: 1.59 m^3/min (56CFM)
Statif Pressure: 1.53 mm-H2O (0.06 inch-H2O)
Acoustical Noise: 28 dBA
Input Power: 2.4W
Speed: Low 1200 RPM
Input current: 0.13A
Air Flow: 1.1 m^3/min (39CFM)
Statif Pressure: 0.92 mm-H2O (0.04 inch-H2O)
Acoustical Noise: 25 dBA
Input Power: 1.6W
You can install two 92mm fans into the fan cage in front of the internal 3.5" drives. These fans must be installed so that air is blowing into the case. We recommend using Antec 92mm TriCool fans to balance quiet performance with maximum cooling.
Item #5 (4-pin sys_fan2) and #6 (3-pin pwr_fan) are closer to the front of the case (front/right side of the motherboard). The case has room for 2x92mm fans.
Item #4 (3-pin sys_fan1) is at closer to the back of the case (back/left side of the motherboard). Only thing I can think about putting there would be the 120mm back case fan. But the pins are different. Is there any kind of converter to use?
I need 3 fans, one for item #3 (4-pin CPU fan), and if possible, for item #5 and 6 (that will go into the front of the case). Even if I can't plug those two fans into item #5 and #6 in my motherboard, I'd still like two fans for the front of my case.
I'll let the motherboard handle the CPU fan, is that a good idea? I want to control the fan at the back of my case, and the two at the front of my case (use them around full speed when I work, but have the option of turning them down low when I go to bed and let the computer just go idle while it downloads random things)