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Is there a way to test fan first before installing?

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Dec 27, 2000
Pasadena, CA
Just like the subject says: Is there a way to test a fan without having to install it?

Say a CPU HSF for example. Can I hook it up with something to let the HSF run without having to use thermal paste and putting it on the CPU?

I'd like to test for noise. :)
what kinda connector does the fan have? Molex or 3 pin? most motherboards have two 3 pin plugs.

If its a molex just plug it into an empty molex and fire the computer up with its old HSF on it.

Or if its the 3 pin plug it into the xtra 3 pin that is used for the system case fan.

What did ya get a Vantgec tornado.

I just got mine today and tested it like above... it was loud man... so I am gonna have to setup a rheobus for all my case fans.
either way, I would get hold of an old AT PSU, and a connector to go from 4 pin til 3 pin.. that way you can test all the fans you like...

works fine for me :eek:)
I just use an old at ps and take some wire, plug it into the molex, then into the ground and 12v lines, then turn it on and VROOOOM. air.
I have one of them power adapters that I connected my fans up to. This allowed me to see how they sounded at 12v, 9v, 7v etc.

some messing about with wires is required but you could just stick a molex or 3pin on the ends of the adapter and use it as a test bed if you get through loads of fans.