Simple and cheap. More tech-savvy people may want something with more capabilities.
Kyle B., Newegg
4 weeks ago
Summary: This is my first fan controller. I did not see the need for any fancy displays nor fan speed monitoring. The product matches my Fractal Design 1000 case beautifully and serves its purpose very well. I'd recommend it to anybody that just needs a simple, affordable, and effective fan controller. But it is lacking several features that people may require or desire.
Pros: Dead-easy installation. Cable Management is great, you can just stuff all of the wires within the tray. Comes with two tabs that you can tie the wires onto, or simply wrap them under. Very simple, practical, and good-looking design to fit black cases. Five fan connectors. Even if your case has a couple more, your motherboard should help to cover all of them.
Cons: No fan monitoring. The lowest speed you may put fans at is 40%. Can't turn them off (I personally don't have any reason to turn them off in the first place, but some people would want this capability) Switches are free-slide and not notched. Not a big deal, but I'd appreciate some tactile feedback and a sense of what percentage I am at exactly.
Pros: Got this when I was newer to computers. Easy to use for all tech levels. Great flexibility for multi fan control. 40% speed is great to reduce noise level especially if you like a quite pc. It also looks pretty cool.
Cons: Not major but obviously has a decent number of extra wires to clutter up pathways and get tangled in other cords.
Summary: Made from cheap plastic and circuit boards. Long cords. LCD touchy panel sensor, does what it displays.
Pros: Controls my array of assorted molex and three pin fans. Regulates voltage from 100% down to 40%. Versatile.
Cons: The touchscreen is loud. Fan banks are selected one by one, not on demand. While aesthetically pleasing I do not see the need for so many temperature sensors, comes with five and two spares, five connections for each fan bank.
Summary: I like this component, but since I have several LED fans and don't want to give up the lighting, will probably end up swapping it out at some point for one that will power the lighting as well. Got it for noise control.
Pros: Looks gorgeous in my Corsair Carbide 400R case. Nice quality and lots of length for cables. Flat/gloss finish combo means it will look good with a variety of cases, and the inset face means if it doesn't fit quite flush with the front panel it will be difficult to tell.
Cons: Fan connectors are only 2-pin, though they can hold 3- and 4-pin fans. This means my LED fans won't light up if run through the controller. Had to leave them routed to the mobo. Bummer. Runs fans at 40-100%, so you can't actually turn fans all the way off when you're doing light-duty work. I have some BitFenix Pro fans that are powerful, and they are still a bit noisy at 40%.
Summary: Runs at full power for the first few seconds of system startup, then runs at your settings, so your system will probably be loud for those first few seconds. Otherwise, does exactly what I wanted it to do.
Pros: - Green color matches my green LED fans, black face matches my black case - Works just fine to control speeds, 40% minimum is about as low as I'd want them anyway
Cons: - Molex power plugs are kind of bad quality. They use 3 out of the 4 metal pins in the plug, but it has an extra pin placed in there which isn't connected to any wiring.. and it just falls out easily. I thought I broke one of the plugs at first until I saw that pin was just in there for show. Don't do something for show if you're not going to do it right.. docked an egg for it.
Pros: Working great. Installed to control the fans on a Cool Master Nepton 140 CPU Water Cooler. AM2+ motherboard had only one 4 pin slot, which was used by the water pump. The 3 pin fan slots made the cooler fans run at full RPM (Very Noisy). Allowed me to lower the fans speed to acceptable noise level.
Cons: Would be nice to have RPM readouts of fan speeds, however the price was right.