Adding RGB fans can offer you a wide range of benefits on your PC. RGB fan helps you to balance your CPU temperature with its cooling feature. RGB fans can give your CPU a gorgeous look when paired with RGB lighting. You don’t need to be a computer hardware expert to connect RGB fans with your CPU’s motherboard, you just need to follow some steps to connect your RGB fan with Your CPU.
How Do I Connect 3-Pin and 4-Pin RGB Fans To Motherboard?
There are two types of RGB fans (3-pin & 4-pin) to fit into your CPU’s motherboard. All those two types of RGB fans can be connected differently on your motherboard. You have to use a fan connector if you want to connect a 4-pin RGB fan to your motherboard. If your motherboard has no header, you’ll have to use an RGB controller to fit in.
(A) Connecting a 3-pin RGB Fan To the Motherboard
It is simple to connect 3-pin RGB fans with your motherboard. You don’t need any type of extra connector and controller to connect 3-pin RGB fans to your motherboard.
Step 1: Remove the CPU Case
You have to open the CPU cover first to insert an RGB fan on your CPU. After removing the cover of the CPU, you can easily access your motherboard’s slots, ports, and headers.
Step 2: Open the RGB fan kit and Manual
Unbox the kit with The RGB fan and read the manual before connecting the fan to your motherboard. You’ll find an RGB fan with two-wire, one with 3-pin and the other with 4-pin.
Step 3: Mount the RGB fan to the CPU Cover
Now, you have to mount RGB fans on the CPU cover with the screws provided by the manufacturer on the fan kit.
Step 4: Inserting the Wire Into the Motherboard Header
After mounting the RGB fan on the CPU case, you have to insert the 3-pin wire into your motherboard’s fan header and the 4-pin wire into the RGB header of your motherboard. You can easily locate the RGB port if you notice RGB marks on your motherboard. Press on the connections to make sure they are connected tightly.
Step 5: Cover up the CPU Case
Once you have finished the adjustment of the RGB fan on your motherboard, put the CPU cover on to finish the process.
(B) Connecting a 4-pin RGB Fan To the Motherboard
Well, it is a little complicated to connect a 4-pin RGB fan to your motherboard. You’ll need an extra RGB dual fan connector to connect RGB fans to your motherboard.
Step 1: Remove the CPU Case
To open up your motherboard’s pots, slots, and headers you have to take out your CPU cover.
Step 2: Unbox the RGB fan kit and Manual
Open the kit with an RGB fan, you’ll find some screws, an RGB fan with two 4-pin wires, and a user manual. Read the manual properly before proceeding to further steps.
Step 3: Attach the RGB Fan Connector To Motherboard Header
You’ll have to insert a dual 4-pin RGB fan connector with the motherboard’s fan header. Inserting the connector ensures maximum RPM. You can also insert a 4-pin RGB fan connector into 3 or 4 holes included in the motherboard.
Step 4: Inserting the RGB Cable
After that, you only have to insert the RGB cable of your RGB fan into your motherboard’s RGB header.
Step 5: Mounting RGB fan into CPU Cover
Now, mount the RGB fan on the CPU cover with screws provided by the manufacturer. Cover up the CPU to finish the adjustment process.
(C) Connecting an RGB Fan To a Motherboard With No Header
Yes, you may think it is complicated, but it is not that complicated to connect RGB fans with a motherboard with no header. You’ll need an extra RGB fan dual connector and an RGB controller to connect RGB fans with a motherboard with no header.
Step 1: Remove the CPU Cover
Firstly, remove the cover of your CPU. You’ll find the motherboard of your CPU. Now, you have access to your motherboard’s slots, ports, and headers.
Step 2: Open RGB Fan Kit and Manual
Take the kit with an RGB fan and open it. You’ll find an RGB fan with two-wire, a user manual, and some screws to mount the fan with a CPU cover. Read the user manual properly before proceeding.
Step 3: Connect the Fan Cable To the Slot
Now, Take out the RGB fan’s 3 or 4-pin slot cable and insert a 4-pin dual connector into the RGB fan’s slot cable.
Step 4: Insert RGB Controller
Insert the RGB controller with the cable that is not connected to the dual connector and make sure that the inserted controller is properly connected to the connector.
Step 5: Attach Cables with SATA Cable
Step 6: Mount the fan in the CPU Case
After connecting the controller cable with the SATA cable connector, mount the fan to the CPU cover with screws provided by the manufacturer. Now, cover up your CPU to finish the adjustment process.
Factors to Remember While Connecting
4 factors to consider –
- Make sure to unplug your CPU power cable
- Keep away RGB fans away from the impeller.
- Ensure that the RGB fans are away from any kind of fluid.
- Keep RGB fans away from temperature. Make sure to keep it far from any machine that causes overheating or high temperature.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What does RGB mean?
The three primary colors of additive color synthesis, Red (R), Green (G), and Blue (B) forms RGB. All types of modern electronic displays, monitors, and screens generate RGB lights to create color.
What is a SATA cable?
SATA (Serial Advanced Tech Interface) cable is a bus interface cable for connecting host bus adaptors with Computer. It is also called Serial ATA cable.
What is the difference between RGB and LED fans?
RGB is a kind of LED fan. The LED fan cannot change colors whereas an RGB fan can change into various colors.
Now you have already found that connecting an RGB fan to your motherboard is not a hard nut to crack. If you want to improve your CPU performance and run it fast, and efficiently, RGB fans are the best fans for you. It will also add coolness to your CPU.