NZXT Takes Another Stab at the Sentry Mix Fan Controller

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LatiosXT

I wish these would return. As cool as those touch-screen type ones are, I'm pretty sure they're flimsy and break easily. Or they're annoying to use. Not to mention distracting.

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basketcase87

Return? Where did they go?
As for touchscreen fan controllers, I've had mine for a year and a half with no problems whatsoever. It may not be as simple as a row of sliders or knobs, it certainly isn't annoying to use. Distracting comes down to aesthetic tastes, but it doesn't bother me, and the screen can be turned off.

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Jared G

I have to say the touchscreen ones look better

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LatiosXT

"Analog" fan controllers have seem to fallen the wayside. Years ago there used to be a dozen varieties on Newegg. Now I find a handful, while most of the market there are for those touch-screen ones.

Either way, this is just something I'd rather be directly in control in either via an analog controller, or through software on the OS.

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Peanut Fox

Checkout FrozenCPU.com They have a lot of fan controllers to choose from.

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ZombieKiller

Would that work with 6 of these fans?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835706022&IsVirtualParent=1
Heard I would need a controller to handle the fans. Plus I think adjusting the RPM would be nice at times! :)

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AETAaAS

I hope you are joking... there is no reason to run so many Deltas unless you are planning to stack rads together. :p

What WOULD happen if you sandwich a Delta between two 120mm rads? xD

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Peanut Fox

You just gave me a headache thinking about the noise.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

geez guy, are you running a quad CPU server?

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ZombieKiller

No, I'm building a Hovercraft :P

Honestly though, I've always just been curious if there was a fan controller that could handle those fans.

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Peanut Fox

Those are PWM fans, so the speed is controlled digitally. Any PWM fan controller would be able to support those Deltas no problem.

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cmasupra

Peanut, that isn't true. You have to take into account the capabilities of any fan controller in regards to Watts, Amps, and Volts. If a fan needs too many Amps compared to how many the fan controller is able to handle, the controller will catch fire, possibly causing the person sitting next to the computer to freak out.

You don't have to take into account whether a fan is PWM or not. A fan controller works just by changing the number of volts that are being sent to the fan. Any fan can be controlled this way unless the minimum number of volts it needs is really high, such as 11V.

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Peanut Fox

You've only described a liner voltage controller, and to a lesser extent 3-pin PWM fans. That's basically how they work. A resistor is placed in line and adjusts the voltage being sent to the fan to decrease, or increase it's rotational speed. The difference is usually collected in the form of heat.

4-pin PWM fans (which this one is), and fan controllers work differently. The voltage being sent to the fan does not change. It's constant. What changes is the signal being sent to the fan itself. That's what is being carried along the forth wire. When the micro controller within the fan receives this signal, it internally adjusts the rotational speed of the fan.

Any fan controller designed for your PC is going to work on a 12v line. I don't know of any that don't, but I suppose there's always room for an anomaly. Conversely any fan designed to work with a PC is also of the 12v verity. I should have been more clear in my previous post and said "Any 4-Pin" fan controller.

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