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Zalman Fan Speed Controller FANMATE-2

by Zalman
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  • Output Voltage: 5V ~ 11V +/- 2%
  • Allowable Wattage: 6W or Lower
  • Connector: 3 Pin
  • Package: RETAIL
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Zalman
  • Model: FANMATE-2
  • Device Type: Cooling

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000292DO0
  • Item model number: FANMATE-2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 27, 2004

Product Description

Zalman FAN MATE 2 6W 3 Pin Fan Speed Controller

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Simple fan speed controller.
Levi
The fans included on my Corsair 300R Pc Case all are 3 pin fans, so therefore there is no fan speed control by the motherboard.
C. Peterson
This little guy from Zalman has really worked well.
Ryan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin K. Lee on January 31, 2011
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It works.

The product name is kind of misleading. It supports the connection to one 3-pin fan connector. However, if you have a Y extension cord, it can control 2 fans.

In my case, I connect this controller to the Motherboard 3-pin connector first. I then used a Y extension cable at its output - so I have 2 case-fans connected to its output side. The noise level was significant reduced. It has been running for about 3 weeks without any fire alarm going off!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcos S on October 11, 2011
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I'm just writing this review to tell everyone that Amazon has the wrong picture of this unit. There's only one bad picture (the first one) that shows this being a slightly different version (not sure which, maybe Fanmate 1?)

You can tell by comparing the pictures to the first one.

The one you get (Fanmate 2) is supposed to have a long socket connection, width wise, while the one bad picture shows more of a square socket connection. The Fanmate 2 also has 3x8 = 24 little ventilation holes while the one bad picture shows only 2x8 = 16 ventilation holes.

Rest assured you'll be getting the correct one (Fanmate 2).

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The unit itself works just like my old one. I accidentally mishandled the one that came with my Zalman CNPS 9700 CPU fan ,so all I needed to do was unplug that one and plug in this new one. Took 2 seconds and works just like the old one.

Just for your information, this thing gets warm to the touch (which is why there are ventilation holes in the first place). Just try to place the thing such that the holes point upward because heat rises. If you have the ventilation holes pointing down, the unit might get too hot (malfunction perhaps) from heat buildup. I live in a warm environment so that's why it gets a little warm. Sometimes it stays cool though, so the temperature also depends on the setting you have. Don't worry, it doesn't get HOT; I'm just providing all the information I can think of about this thing.

The cable is like a rainbow, so it's kind of ugly, but its simplicity allowed me to squeeze the cable through a crack in my computer case lol. One tip is to squeeze the cable through one of those slot things on the case where graphics/sound/pci cards pop out (backplate?).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fishing Fool on August 21, 2008
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I love this fan controller. It's small so you could stick it inside or even outside your computer. It comes with double sided tape. It has smooth step-less variable speed adjustment. It also allows you to still be able to read the rpm speeds from your attached fan. It comes with a nice long wire so you could use it in super large computer cases if needed.

I purchased this controller because my 3-wire CPU fan doesn't allow speed control from the motherboard which has a 4 pin connecter. My fan is also quite expensive being a special low profile ball bearing unit with copper heat sink. This controller was the perfect solution for my problem and cheap too. My computer CPU fan was running at 5300 rpm with no way to control the speed, now it runs at 3000 rpm on the lowest speed setting and MUCH quieter and still able to maintain cool operating temps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Maguda on December 20, 2010
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For the price this unit is just fine. Nothing special but does what is is advertised to do. I split mine to two fans (only made to run one fan up to 6 watts). Most fans only consume about 2 watts.
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Review for: Zalman FANMATE-2 Fan Speed Controller

NOTE: WRONG PICTURE, this picture is the Zalman Fanmate-1, the Fanmate-2 is NOT inline as in the picture but rather a Y style wiring described below.

Let's compare inexpensive single knob computer Fan Controllers .. they look so similar on the outside are they really that different than each other?

(1) Zalman FANMATE-2 Fan Speed Controller

- History: There have been multiple models of Zalman Fanmates, this review is just for the FANMATE-2, the best of the Zalman single knob alternatives. An early to the market enthusiast product, this became the standard by which all other case fan speed controllers are compared.

- Durability: We've had several for many years, they appear to be fairly durable.

- Wiring: Think of the wiring as a Y, the top of the Y goes out with one connecting to the fan and the other connecting to the motherboard, and the bottom of the Y connecting to this controller. The distance from the bottom of the Y to either top of the Y is 30". This makes controller positioning much more flexible than when in-line like the older Zalman design.

- Controller Removability: The fan controller pops right off and on the end of the Y wiring allowing for a quick fan shut-off, which might make finding the source of left-over sound easier.

- The design appears to deny the top 10% or so of the speed range, so for example with other tested fan speed controllers that get you from 400-1200 RPM on a particular fan, this one will get you around 400-1100 RPM. Don't use this fact to eliminate this controller, however, just be aware of it. After all you wouldn't be using a fan controller if you intended on running the fan full speed all the time.
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