[quote="CA_Steve"]2+ week delivery time for an add on card - yeesh!
quote]ARRRRRRG!!! Twice I've lost my post!!! This forum need an automatic save draft function.
Actually 4-6 weeks
I bought it from a reseller on Amazon from China and Taiwan. It's coming on that famous boat that you have heard about, The Slow Boat from China
So I got my Nexus fan yesterday and decided to go ahead and install it. I'm embarrassed to tell you how long it took me. When attempting to remove the SilenX Ixtrema Pro, I removed the ?pin from the MB header but was unable to pull it through as it was lodged behind some other wiring. I decided to cut the fan wire and just taped up the end. In retrospect, after I cut the wire, I could have pulled it through from the motherboard side. DUH! Well, I'll remove it when I install the SATA card.
Well, once I got that SilenX Ixtrema Pro out, I could see what a piece of crap it is. Well, maybe it's better quality than it looks. I shouldn't have let my computer builder talk me into it. The Nexus, on the other hand, looks really nice. A quality piece of kit for sure.
While studying the fan headers and my build, I tried to trace the wires from the rear case fan. I was unable to, however. I noticed an unused sys fan header right next to the rear fan though, so I assume that the rear fan is plugged directly into the power supply.
So the Nexus fan went in without a hitch, once I looked up how to install those silicone fasteners. You would think that some instructions would have been in the box.
This week, I happened to come across an old email from when I first received my computer five years ago. I was complaining about the noisy front fan. So I might need that Zalman Fan Mate 2 after all.
Well, put everything back together and powered it up. Whew! Everything was working including all the fans.
The front fan seemed a little bit loud, but this morning it seems better, though it is turning at the same speed. Perhaps there is more ambient noise in the house during the day masking the noise.
I installed Speedfan on my computer earlier this week. The main benefit of the working front fan seems to be of the C-drive which dropped about 10 degrees. Something called temp 2 also dropped several degrees, but I don't know what it is. I went from configure to the advanced mode, but did not see any fans on the drop down list. I only show 2 fans on the opening screen, the new one and one which is variable in speed from about 900-1200 RPM.
So that completes my beginner's novella. Perhaps I'll get enough experience to build my computer myself next year.