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The ROUND ONE is called a Molex connector.
Yes I could get all technical on you but that one is so you can tap power from the usual ATX power supply.
The square one looks to be the rare 4 pin that has RPM and possibly temperature sensing.
I won't discuss the latter without full details on the host PC.
Yes, it does have RPM sensing.
I have a acer aspire x1430g tower. It only has a small cpu fan, and the same size exhaust fan.. So I bought a 120mm fan for intake on the side of the case but didn't realize it has "Round" pin holes.
Do you know if there is an adapter I can buy? Or? I only paid $4 for the fan so it's not like I'm out anything but would still like to use it.
Confused about something
You just said that the 120mm fan you bought has the "round hole" (molex) type but, earlier, it sounded like your connector was square. Your link in the first post was dead so is your second post link what you actually have or the type you think you need? If you have the standard molex type, only two of the pins will be wired as this type connects directly to your PS an not on the motherboard. It won't be speed controlled unless it has internal circuitry to do so or a speed selector switch. If the molex type, you connect it to the PS with no special adapter needed. Most such fans I've seen already have a adapter if no free PS plugs exist.
Sorry for the confusion. It's a Pita to post stuff on here when you can't edit your posts.
Anyways, I have 2 connections on my motherboard. One is the "CPU" fan which is a "Square" 3 pin, and the other is a "System" fan(What it shows in Bios) connection that is a "Square" 4 pin(Same as the picture in post #2)
The issue is, the fan I bought has a Molex plug in. I found an adapter that should hook up to the mobo and use the molex fan.
And like you said, it seems I(The Mobo) won't be able to control the fan speed if I went that route correct? It looks like I can buy a touchscreen fan controller but if I'm running just 1 fan it seems kind of pointless.
I'm going to have to see on that. I am not seeing a molex connection coming off of my PSU.
Which is why they made SPLITTERS.
Not seeing a molex connection
Unless it's hidden behind my CD driver I am not seeing any spare molex connectors.
This is for creating 2 out of 1.
And they have splitters for SATA power too.
If this is too hard, find a friend that has built PCs before and have a chat about power splitters.