Conclusion: The Sentry LX is clearly a step above the smaller single slot or floppy sized controllers. The large screen and anodized aluminum construction go a long way towards justifying the premium price. The large size makes displaying the 5 fans and temperature probes from getting cramped. The ability to manually set your fans or simply set them to automatic and forget about them is a nice feature as well. Really the only major drawback is the two bay size.
Summary: To conclude, I will repeat. I am a big fan of cooling, and anything that allows me to control the temperature, speed, and sound of my fans with such an huge and multi-use LCD screen is Christmas any day of the year to me. The ease of use with the Sentry LX is a plus for me, as I believe that protecting your hardware should be something anyone can do. Too many computers come with only the least available cooling hardware, and the Sentry is a big boost in airflow.
Summary: The Sentry LX fan controller is a capable device that makes controlling and monitoring up to five fans and temperatures rather convenient. The display is well laid out and easy to read (from the right angles), and taking control of each fan is quite simple.
While it made a very good overall impression, there are a few things that could use some refinement.
Pros: » Fan control in 100RPM increments, » Attractively styled, » Easy to read display, » Effective fan control, » Easy to operate
Cons: » High price to pay for fan control, » Connectors are hot melt glued in place, and some worked themselves loose, » Limited viewing angle from above or below, » Reset button is too easy to press by accident, » Audible alarm is fairly quiet and stops after a few seconds
Excerpt: Sometimes you don’t need all of your case fans to be running at full speed, especially in a case with more than just three fans. Ideally, slowing down those RPMs could save on both electricity and noise pollution. To that end, NZXT recently sent us their top-tier fan controller, the Sentry LX. Specifications: For testing, the Sentry was installed into an NZXT Tempest case, as its roster of five fans is enough to fully utilize the Sentry LX.
Summary: The NZXT Sentry LX may not be cheap. At almost 60 € or 70 US Dollars, it costs as much as some computer cases out there. This means you can expect a lot from the unit as there are plenty of other, similar devices out there, at cheaper price points. The build quality of the Sentry LX is unrivaled by any other such unit. The thick aluminum front should look great in any case, but especially those all aluminum ones out there.
Pros: Great build quality, Bright display, Individual control of five fans, Auto or Manual setting for fans, Five thermal diodes attached, Two replacement diodes included, Battery included, to store settings when PC is off, Ability to completely turn off individual fans, Date & time display, Intuitive use, Looks great in any black case
Cons: Pricey, Reset button too easy to press, Takes up two 5.25 inch bays, Only available in black, Moving parts of the display may be distracting, No PC interface via USB for example
Excerpt: NZXT’s complete line of PC enclosures, power supplies, and accessories has quickly gained market recognition among PC enthusiasts and gamers alike. The new NZXT Sentry LX fan controller is pure eye-candy that will dress up and draw attention to any custom build along with being quite useful.
Summary: Using the Sentry LX was actually a lot easier than I was expecting. The manual has all of the commands readily available and most were quite intuitive. The ability to control all of the fans at once made using the controller far less tedious than other controllers with LCD screens, and I was able to see what my case sounded like with no fans plugged in, which was a new, pleasant experience.
Installing the Sentry LX was not only easy, but it was also clean.
Conclusion: Well, as our test results show, having a fan controller certainly makes it easier to monitor your temps in addition to controlling the speeds. The ability to control individual fan speeds while viewing the temperatures makes it very easy to figure out which areas of your case are contributing to high temps, and can help you figure out how to bring down your overall temps. Who would’ve imagined that raising your Northbridge temperature would lower your GPU temp?
Conclusion: The NZXT Sentry LX is one of those products that is very close to being perfect, it’s well made, looks great, is easy to install and just works very well. One of the things I really like about the Sentry LX is the large display where all the temperatures and information is easily readable from across the room, you don’t have to push any buttons to see the temperatures or speeds of the fans, it’s all right there for you in plain view.