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In most cases, you see manual switch/knob based fan controllers commonly available because they are simple devices that manually lower the voltage supply. You’re not only getting a direct access to the control fans, therefore wasting less time, but it either allows the manufacturers to either have more controls- or functions. Some controllers have the fan controllers along with 2x USB 3.0 and card slots running via USB 2.0. Some have fan speed and LED controllers as well seeing that 3-pin LED light strips are available. You can control these strips using the FC Touch, but then again it will display the fan function rather than having graphics for LED. I seriously doubt those manual control based controllers have a PWM or an alarm.
The main benefit this has is the ability to display fan speed- RPM or Voltage. The display is fairly responsive and, therefore, you shouldn’t feel frustrated when you’re trying to go around the functions- most of the time. The lower section of the screen is a bit of a challenge to operate especially for those with larger hands. Operating the left/right arrows to change the fan profile display can be a bit frustrating at times.
I am not a fan (no pun intended) of the thermal probes , but I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be possible to have a USB 2.0 header lead and then have a utility for the system to let the connected controller display the temperature from the components itself. If it’s possible, that would be brilliant as it opens the opportunity for the user to check out the temperature of most components. Maybe the requirement of a 12v Molex could be avoided seeing that an internal USB 2.0 header powers up two USB ports. The PCB layout could be vastly improved. Seeing that it’s a touch display, Lamptron could take an initiative to provide an alarm on/off on the display, rather than having a jumper on it. Also, having a bright coloured PCB would help should anyone require to connect any fans/extensions. Since the PCB was black, it was very hard to find out the headers. These updated implementations would give a lot of room for installing headers in a way that cable management can be handled easily.
A part of its functions is a thermal display via its probes. And if you don’t need it, there are options but I couldn’t find any as a touch display. If you do, this is something you could work with. Most low-cost case fans do not have a PWM controller, so this can provide PWM control and switch it to manual, should you choose. the display light leak is something that can be fixed. Since Lamptron has updated this product by sleeving the cables at some point, maybe they do so for this as well. This is still available for sale as this unit is given to me by The IT Depot.
Most low-cost case fans do not have a PWM controller, so this can provide PWM control and switch it to manual, should you choose. the display light leak is something that can be fixed. Since Lamptron has updated this product by sleeving the cables at some point, maybe they do so for this as well. This is still available for sale as this unit is given to me by The IT Depot.
But the main oversight is the inability to save the manual fan RPM/voltage settings. Once you’ve powered off the system, all the settings are cleared. Imagine if you’ve connected these to your liquid cooling setup- and every time the settings clear off when you shut down your system. Having a CMOS battery and a small memory enough to store the settings is a lot more useful item than having thermal probes and jumper for the alarm. A manual switch fan controller is looking good now since it doesn’t reset itself once its off.
Another oversight is when the alarm gets triggered if it crosses 70 degrees Celsius. Don’t bother planning on putting this between the CPU or GPU with the temperature alarm enabled.
If you want a good looking display and just need a PWM control for the non-PWM fans, maybe you could consider this knowing that you’re also paying for the features you’ll not need. For others, manual controls is a good way forward. But it should be noted that fan controllers are able to provide full power to the fans compared to motherboard headers, even with the Z97-Gaming GT that I am using. The results can be seen in the CM Silencio Performance edition and IndustrialPPC 24v fan reviews.
I just wish that newer fan controllers have a 12v-to-24v step up (which can be switched internally using a jumper per fan header like in a particular unit from Koolance). This way, fans or water pumps that operate at 24v can be used with it. There are few 30w per channel fan headers out there. Manual switch based looks to be a better option considering it does not reset itself after powering off.
- Bright Screen
- PWM control
- Brushed aluminum
- Minimalist interface
- Provides full power to fans compared to motherboard headers
- Could have implemented 12-to-24v step up for 24VDC fans/water pump
- Manual fan settings get reset after powering off
- Inconsistency of information on the packaging
- Thermal probes are unnecessary
- 70c temperature alarm
|Rs. 2,870/-||$ 46.99||£ 39.14||EUR 45.38|
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) March 27, 2016