I decided to install this baby in my PC that is nested in my living room. This PC is equipped with a casefan in the side-panel, a 90mm Papst fan that pushes a lot of air, but also makes a lot of noise! Now I don´t know about you, but hearing a constant whining when you are watching a DVD movie is not really enjoyable. So there´s enough motivation to get the installation started.
One noisy 90mm fan
First I decided where I want this little button to appear, the front panel above my DVD-Rom would be ideal. I used the metal ring that attaches the kit and measured the diameter of the hole.
The manual suggests protecting the backplane with tape in case the kit will touch.. well uhm your case. So that´s what I did (picture)
, set the jumper to 4V and put the rheobus in the frontpanel, removed the excess length in the front and put on the button.
By cutting an unused power splitter in pieces I ended up with the these results,
Everything looking good, I installed in the PC, attached the power and the casefan, and proceeded by booting the system. The silence struck me, the rheobus was at its lowest setting and this made the 90mm inaudible. The fan was so quiet I hurt my finger trying to verify if it was still running: YES it was!
When I turned the button to the maximum setting I was again greeted by the whining noise that I´ve known for some time now. I quickly turned it back down, once you go silent you´ll never want to go back, I promise you!
Now how does the fan perform with most of its power gone? Let´s find out...