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Summary So i been using this for a good while and i have no trust in it to leave my system on well i am not there. The clock on it is slow so that will unsync within a few days. The RPM numbers seem to be really random changing from 600+RPM on many different makes of fans. often times i have to manually increase the speed of the fans every few days, even when the unit in manual mode and fans are always set to max. Its not really a touchscreen but more like a "push really hard until your finger hurts screen"
I feel like this could have been an amazing product but they put more money into the looks then the hidden stuff going on in the background, they could have done a better job on just about everything. I think in the future i will have to put my trust into a turn nob that you will know will always be 100%
Pros Excellent control of 5 fans and 5 temperatures. Looks good.
Cons none so far
Summary This fan controller is awesome. I control 4 120mm fans in a push/pull configuration on a Corsair H100. The 5th channel monitors the pump's rpm signal. The display is easy to read and looks great sitting on my desk.
Pros Reads RPM Reads temperature Good price Beautiful Display
Cons Fast clock Hard to keep cables neat Fan beeps at start up if any of the fan cables or tempeture probes are unplugged from board.
Summary This is a great product for what you pay for, but there are a few things that i don't like. First of all, all of the cable are hard to manage and most of them will show if you have a clear window on your case. Next if you unplug any of the thermal probs or fan cables from the board the board will beep every time you computer starts up unless you turn the alarm off on your control panel. Lastly the clock that is on the controls panel will be incorrect after a week or so, because the clock is fast.
Nevertheless this is a great product with a beautiful display with accurate information, and shows the RPM. Which is great because it's hard to find a fan controller that shows RPM. Overall i would defiantly recommend this product.
Pros Works as advertised Automated target temperatures for each channel 5 Channels
Cons Touch Screen has small buttons that are difficult to press sometimes Power plug is loose despite clip, my touch screen lost power a few times while setting it all up on my desk.
Summary I was looking for an automated fan controller and decided to try this guy out. Price matched to 54$ it was worth every penny. There are a lot of cables, but my Corsair 800D hides them like a champ. The automated feature allows you to set a target temperature for each channel, and it works perfectly.
There is a warning on the power plug that says to make sure the power to the screen is plugged in before powering the system on, but during my repositioning of the system after installation, the power cable was pulled out of the back of the screen (the clip is not able to latch in properly to secure the cable). Good news is nothing bad came of it, the fans simply continued to operate on the last setting I set them at, and I was able to plug the screen back in without issue.
Pros Beautiful front panel, clear LCD and function
Cons Lots of wires on the PCI board and wish it had a programmable tempearture sensor like MSI afterburner does. Fans start at full speed if you turn off and on the computer (NOT when restarting) and when you sleep. Also, wish you could put your own names or code names for each channel, 1 through 5.
Summary Great product and great looks. As previously mentioned there are a lot of wires on the PCI board BUT it is easily hidden with some creativity and with the exception of your case cable management system. Also wish it was black pcb then blue but no biggie. This is the external sit on your desk version fan controller, product info and pictures are incorrect.
This review was modfied by poster @ 10-19-10 06:52 PM
Today we will be taking a look at the NZXT Sentry LX fan controller. The Sentry LX allows the user to control up to five fans using this aluminum housed 2 drive bay controller. Also included are 5 monitored temperature probes, a large LCD display, and flexible modes of operation.
Intuitive Touch Screen LCD – Advanced, touch screen LCD displays temperatures in C/F, RPMs, along with the date, time, and day of the week. Users have the ability to switch the display off for complete darkness for more immersive gaming sessions
Complete Control – 5 Temperature Probes keep tabs on thermals throughout the case while the 5 Fan controllers adjust the fans’ RPM speed for at least 10W per channel. Allows users to automatically adjust the fan speeds to correspond to a specific temperature, manually customize for extreme overclocking capabilities, or set to absolute silence
Temperature Alarm – Instant notification if temperatures rise above a designated point
Sleek Design – Brushed aluminum frame provides sleek aesthetics for any desktop.
Rechargeable Battery – The Sentry LXE features a rechargeable battery for up to 500 times, keeping the LXE life time longer without the hassle of replacing batteries constantly.
Using a NZXT developed PCI board and external touch display, the LXE allows for more 5.25" bays freed up for other peripherals.environment. Simply set the fan controller atop your PC or desktop and connect through PCI card interface.
External aluminum fan controller
Introducing Sentry LXE, a high performance external fan controller with an intuitive touch screen. Its unique patent-pending PCI card interface desktop design allows effortless control without having to reach underneath the desk to configure the settings. Some of the additional advanced features include touch screen capability, 5 channel fan control and temperature detect, time and date display, temperature alarm, and screen on/of functions.
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