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Pros Looks very good, nice brushed aluminum finish Easy to use knobs Clear and easy to read display
Cons Very imprecise control when undervolting around 5-6 volts No "Burst" mode to spin fans up at full speed first Completely brain dead, controls just like straight potentiometers Poor value for the money
Summary I have some high flow Panaflow fans which run at 2500 RPM n 12v. Normally I take this type of fan and undervolt it to around 1000 RPM, or about 5.5 volts. This is not the right kind of controller for that.
This is the most finicky fan controller I've ever used when it is required to run fans at low voltages. It took me the better part of 15 minutes of very careful tweaking to get the fans down to that speed when using these fans. Simply touching the knob is enough to cause the fans to spin up to 1300-1600 RPM. The control is very non-linear and imprecise, just like a straight potentiometer.
At these low voltage settings, Powering off the system will cause the fans will stall when they are powered up again because this fan controller is completely brain dead. It won't pulse a stalled fan to get it going again like smarter fan controller would.
I also have a Lamptron FC5V3 and can hardly believe it is made by the same company. I'm buying another one to replace it and putting this thing into storage.
I don't recommend buying this fan controller at all when there are many other options on the market which work so much better and they are cheaper!
I believe for the quality that went into this product, it is overpriced. I've purchased brainless potentiometer-based fan controllers like this in the past for half the price.
Pros -Good build quality and looks -Customizable display colors -Can handle heavier fan loads than most controllers
Cons -Options can only be changed via jumpers
Summary This is a quality fan controller that's efficient without having to fuss with menus or touch screens. Each fan is individually controlled quickly and easily by its own knob, and each has it's own display readout above it at all times. It does it's job perfectly.
The only major downside is the use of back panel jumpers to select options such as display color, temperature/voltage select ion, etc. Once the unit is installed these are very difficult to get at and change inside your PC. Most people probably won't have a need to change these settings often but it still would be nice to have them more accessible.
Pros Choice of display colour: red, green, blue, purple and other choices such as Celsius, Farenheit, etc. Solid built quality, front plate seems very sturdy. Simple instructions. Clean readout LCD screen. 30W per channel. Will run most consumer oriented PC fans out there.
Cons For some, the following might be a con: Selection of colours (and others) is done internally: once it's set, that's it, you can NOT change it from the outside. You have to set the cap on the proper pins on the circuit board. Think twice before installing. You can not change the readings from Celsius to Farenheit or other from the outside. Nothing to ding the product on as they clearly indicate this on their website. This is not a PWM controller (for some this might be an issue), however, I'm not aware of any products out there that are. This is a 3 pin output fan controller.
Summary Overall, it's hard to find fault on this product. Lamptron clearly indicates all the specifications and usage for the FC5. If you use it as indicated, you'll be more than happy with it. Highly recommended for consumer PC's. This is a sturdy, well built and finished fan controller. Choice of silver is available. I went with black. So far, I'm impressed. PWM fans can be used with this unit, however, the controller will not adjust fan speed by Pulse mode. FC5 only adjust van speed by voltage (3 pin fans). I run Cooler Master Sickleflow Red 2000rpm on this unit. I find they offer a good balance of value/performance for the price. ADVICE: Just to be safe, install the FC5 with proper cooling as it does not have any fans for cooling the voltage regulators. I don't think there should be a problem, though.
This review was modfied by poster @ 08-05-12 12:46 PM
Lamptron listens to the call of users worldwide begging to change that boring white or blue LCD readout used in many fan controllers of today. With the Lamptron design team working closely with suggestions by users like you, we perfected a fan controller that allows a person to change the readout color of not one or two but seven different colors! We also added a function which allows users to choose what they desire to be displayed for the bottom line readout in the LCD display with the choices of Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Voltages. Now with new and improved LCD!
Notice to all buyers: The retailer's product page Must say FC5V2, not FC5
Dimentions: 5.25" bay Power Output: Up to 30w per Channel Face Plate Color Available: Black Anodized/Silver Aluminium DC Input: +12v (Standard 4-Pin Connector) DC Output: 0-12v Changeable Display Color: Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Purple, White Control Channels: 4
New and Improved LCD!
CNC milled face plate from blocks of 3/4" thick soild aluminium
Bring out that full aesthetic appeal you always wanted in the 5.25 inch Bay
Four knobs to control four 3pin channels
User's choice of displaying Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Voltages for the bottom line readout
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