Reply 180 of 186, by Doornkaat
snufkin wrote on 2021-04-06, 17:19:
Essentially, I think, this is something that may be a problem on paper, but in practice it could be that it's very rare that it's a problem. With the testing you'll be able to do on a range of motherboard that should give a good indication whether this is something to worry about. Could be worth bearing in mind if someone has a problem making a passive GFD work in the future.
Thank you for all the answers! 👍 You're right, many of my conclusions were based on additional assumptions so they're not necessarily valid.
To me the original device just worked and therefore in my logic any clone would too. I never understood how any of this worked until I got into this thread and obviously my understanding is still superficial. 😅
Mostly I'm glad that there is no reason to expect the passive design to cause any damage. I would have felt bad if I released a PCB that could cause damage to others' hardware. (Well, damage beyond what's to be expected in overclocking.)
If any incompatibilities (of course caused by the GFD) are found in my testing the worst case would be a setting not registering correctly. I can live with that. 😉
I'll keep testing and if others try the design on their boards I'll be happy to add their results to the post.