How To Connect RGB Fans To Motherboard

Are you looking for a way to connect your RGB fans to your motherboard? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This blog post will show you how to do just that. We will also provide some tips on how to get the most out of your RGB fans. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Steps To Connect RGB Fans To Motherboard

Identify the header on your motherboard to properly hook up all of your RGB fans, and you need first to identify where they are on your motherboards. You can start this process by looking at how many headers there are and their colors.

On a standard motherboard, you will have 4-pin, 3-pin, and 4-pin RGB fans. This means that the motherboard only has four pins you can connect your RGB fans too, three pins and four pins.

1- Identify which ones you need.

Once again, we will be using a standard motherboard as an example here. So, this motherboard has four-pin RGB headers (4-pin) and three-pin RGB headers (3-pin). On the 4-pin RGB header, you will have one dedicated for your CPU, one for case fans, and another one for a both water pump or AIO cooler. The leftover pins are assigned to either a 3-pin fan, an addressable RGB strip, or other devices.

2- Wire up your RGB fans

Start by plugging in the 4-pin fan into one of your motherboard headers. If it is a 3-pin fan, you will have to plug it into a dedicated fan header. After that, use a three-pin extender and attach it to the other end of the cable to your RGB fan. Once this is done, you can plug it up to any 3-pin fan header on your motherboard. Just be sure not to plug it into a 4-pin RGB header, or else you will fry your motherboard!

3- Transmit the signal from your RGB fans

This part comes down to personal preference and what type of device you are trying to hook up. You can do this by using an addressable RGB controller to control the fans, a motherboard with built-in fan controllers, or simply having your motherboard handle your fans.

4- Set up your software

After successfully plugging in all of your devices, you will now be able to use any software to control them! There are many different options, depending on what you are trying to do. This includes Synapse 3, Aura Sync, and ASUS Fan Xpert.


Q: Why would I need RGB fans?

A: RGB fans come standard on many motherboards. They are also available for purchase separately. These allow your computer to look flashy and cool while having all the functionality you get from regular case fans!

Q: What is the difference between 4-pin RGB headers and 3-pin fan headers?

A: 4-pin RGB headers are used for motherboards that have 4-pin dedicated to controlling fans. 3-pin fan headers are just standard case fans set up to be controlled by your motherboard.

Q: Do RGB fans need their dedicated power cable?

A: No, RGB fans are powered similarly to regular case fans. They only have an additional 4-pin connector to transmit signals from your motherboard.


Now you know how to connect your RGB fans to your motherboard, you can get on with using them! This process is not complicated and will only take maybe 5-10 minutes of your time. If you are still having difficulty connecting with your fans, comment below, and I’ll try my best to help out!

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