Reviews and Problems with Zalman ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller
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19 February 2008
Summary: Zalman introduced its ZM-MFC2 multi fan speed controller last year at CES, and the reason we're reviewing it today are three-fold. For starters, the Zalman ZM-MFC2 digitally monitors four fans to +/- 10RPM and displays that data in real time.
Summary: The ZM-MFC2 Multi Fan Controller has changed with the times, and is a vast improvement over the previous model. This fan bus has a digital interface, digital readout, and high contrast LCD that really makes your case hard to overlook. In addition to the useful fan bus, you also get a real-time gauge of your computer’s power consumption. Unfortunately, the power consumption measured is the electricity used from the wall outlet, and not what your power supply is...
Summary: As I mentioned before, with the MFC2, Zalman has taken the lowly fan controller to a new level. The display, complete with animated rotating fans add a real high-tech effect. The power consumption display is enlightening and really contributes to the coolness factor. For those who like temperature sensors, it comes with four of them. The MFC2 will control up to four regular fans and a PWM fan.
The Zalman MFC2 sells for $59.99 USD at a popular online retailer.
Summary: This unit installs easily and secures to an empty 5.25" bay with a couple of screws. If you have a case that uses drive rails instead of the old school screw in bays, you may find the install to be a little more trickier. We dropped this controller into the FC-ZE1 case with no problems. Once we hooked up the fans, power sensors, and temperature probes, we were ready to go.
Pros: Simple controls., Nice clean look., Easy to install., Fan, Temperature & Power information.
Cons: Control by RPM is not accurate for fans that cannot reach high RPMs.
Conclusion: The whole idea of a fan controller is beginning to seem outdated. With most motherboards now allowing dynamic speed change by voltage or PWM depending on temperature, fan controllers are being ousted in favour of automatic speed change. Also, many fans now forgo the 3pin connector and are natively molex. Many fans also have their own method of speed change meaning a fan controller only brings these options to the front of your case.
Pros: Power usage indicator, PWM fan support, Temperature sensors
Cons: Unreliable speed readings, Very poor viewing angle, Outdated concept
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