Zalman ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller
Author: Frank Stroupe
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-01-2007
Provided by: Zalman
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The MFC2 will control three standard 3-pin fans and one PWM fan. I'm not going to hook my CPU cooler to it, which is the only PWM fan I have. Intel's drivers keep it at the correct speed for cooling vs quiet all the time. I'm also not going to use any of the temp sensors. They don't effectively monitor CPU or chipset, and using 120mm fans for intake and exhaust keep the inside of most cases pretty close to ambient room temperature anyway. I had thought about connecting my GPU fan, but it is a stock fan, so I really don't see the point. I will soon be reviewing the Zalman VF1000 GPU cooler and I'm sure that I'll use the MFC2 for controlling that fan.

Test Rig:

Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad
Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi
OCZ Reaper PC2-6400 2 gig kit
Zotac geForce 8600GTS
Kingwin Mach 1 800w PSU
Kingwin Heatpipe Direct Touch CPU Cooler
Sunbeamtech Tuniq 3 case

Installation is easier than I thought it would be. First, after removing the bezel, I broke out a drive bay knock-out panel and removed the plastic cover from the bezel. I ran the necessary wires out of the bay, the fan cables, a 4-pin Molex and the CVS extension cable that runs from the PCI bracket. Surprisingly, I didn't need any of the fan power extensions.

I didn't mention earlier that one of the fan power extensions will connect two fans. There is a white and a blue male connector. If you use two fans, they should have the same specifications, as the MFC2 will only show the fan speed of the one plugged into the white connector. So, the MFC2 will actually control four regular fans.

I connected all of the cables to the MFC2 and put it in the drive bay. Then, I placed the PCI bracket into a PCI expansion slot. Take the PSU power cord, and plug it into the CVS body. Take the power cord running from the CVS and plug it into the PSU. Finally, plug the CVS cable, the one that looks too much like a USB cable, and plug it into the PCI bracket. That's it.

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