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Zalman Fan Speed Controller FANMATE-2
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- Output Voltage: 5V ~ 11V +/- 2%
- Allowable Wattage: 6W or Lower
- Connector: 3 Pin
- Package: RETAIL
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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!
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.Read more ›
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).
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?).Read more ›
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.
The "Zalman FAN MATE 2” will control a single fan (the use of “2” in the product title may be misleading for those unfamiliar with the product). The unit as packaged is intended for 3-pin connectors (3-pin fan connector to 3-pin motherboard fan connector). The unseparated ribbon cable is roughly 31 inches or 78 centimeters in length, which is actually 31 inches on each side of the controller unit when the ribbon cable is fully separated into fan connector and motherboard sides of the cable - 62 inches is a lot of cable to work with. The Amazon image depicts an older version of the product; I will post some images of the Zalman Fan Mate that I received. The output voltage is listed as 5V to approximately 11V ± 2% on the Zalman website. The 5V ~ 11V output voltage basically means that you cannot run the fan connected to the controller at full RPM or stop it completely. This is probably not an issue for anyone that needs to slow down a fan and stopping the fan completely would just be silly.
- Easy to install.
- Adaptable to a variety of installation scenarios.
- Build quality is satisfactory or what I would expect for $6.99.
- My motherboard fan speed software reports invalid RPM values with the controllers connected – disappointing.
- I purchased three controllers and only two worked – disappointing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This fan controller arrived broken. The control nob is messed up in such a way that it only applies the speed you wanted when you apply pressure to the top of the nob and then the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jonathan r mcentire
This little device has a nice screwhole on it to easily mount on the inside of a PC case, right in the place of an empty PCI slot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Vince L.
Excellent device for the job. Simple and easy to install with little to no complications. The control knob could be a bit better but for the price and a "set and forget"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gareth A Lewis
using it to Control my Pump on the Coolermaster 140XL AIO CPU cooler.. works great..
What I LIKE about this unit is even if I accidentally turn it all the way down it... Read more
I have a Zalman fan speed controller that is several years old and never gave me a problem. I have a ham radio in my garage and wanted an extra fan to keep it cool in our hot... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Buck
Nice and small, works really well in a Thermaltake core v1 to slow down the big front fan. Makes the case run silently!Published 7 months ago by Brendan
I use this fan controller on many of my projects. It is very reliable.Published 9 months ago by Brad