Hardware Three multi-channel fan controllers tested

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  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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  2. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    Honestly anything >~£12 is not going to be bought by me. Am I the only person who finds the "features" scores skewed in this article? IMO a fan controller should allow you to speed up/slow down fans, anything else is just feature creep and a waste of money.

    Bah, humbug and such!
     
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    They all fail to control the speeds automatically, as well as automatically turn the fans off when not needed. I could build a better one myself.

    +1 Bah, humbug :p
     
  4. SpeedLegion

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    I'm curious why you chose to review the Scythe Kaze Q, instead of one of its big brothers?
    The Scythe Kaze master and master ace are not much more expensive then the NesteQ FanMax 8 but offer temperature and RPM monitoring and alarms on the ace, which can be disabled if you find that annoying.
    £31 is the cheapest I found the Ace model http://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=32312&tid=frooct#

    Just seems strange to compare such different fan controllers. The zalman is overkill though agreed :)
     
  5. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    <3 ZM MFC-1 Plus

    The Kaze Master seems to be pretty good too.
     
  6. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby The Supprising Adventures

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    Agreed :thumb:
     
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    +1 :)
     
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    mclintox Eat cheese!

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    Plus one more,in use now
     
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    Another +1 for the ZM-MFC1 Plus. Though I've never worked out why fan 2's LED doesn't illuminate - is this the same for everyone else using one?
     
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    According to CCL the Kaze Q has been discontinued!
     
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    linky

    Any of the fan controllers by this company.... Same sort of price as the Zalaman and much more feature rich :)
     
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    now that i could get into, invisible from the outside of the case and does everything for you
     
  14. DragunovHUN

    DragunovHUN I want to change my name but I also don't

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    mrbens: I think the chrome frame on the Ace looks tacky.
     
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    that's tight toka- run off software
     
  16. SpeedLegion

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    I'm picking up my Ace on Monday, can put some pictures up for you if you want a better idea of how it looks in the "flesh"?
     
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    Thanks, that's what I thought too. I prefer the plain glass like look of the normal one but hope it doesn't look plasticy. Since the ACE is brushed aluminium it may look smarter but I don't like the frame around the screen. If anybody has them on the TJ07B-W already, please take a pic :)
     
  18. wuyanxu

    wuyanxu still wants Homeworld 3

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    buy Zalman fanmate for ~2 pounds, cut all the fans you are going to use and re-solder them onto one connector, plug into zalman fanmate and done!

    that's what i did with fans that i want for lower constant speed. all those fan "controllers" are essentially just variable resistors.

    take zalman for example, it have the temperature sensor, but doesn't use it to allow for automatic control.
     
  19. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    +3 for the ZM MFC-1 Plus. Dunno what Zalman are thinking with these LCD display controllers. Over complicated, over specified and over priced. ZM MFC-1 Plus on the other hand is exactly what most of us are after. I did like the NesteQ though ;)
     
  20. mrbens

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    Yeah fanmates are great, I have 4 in my current PC with the controls stuck to the side of the case for easy access to the dial but want something more proffesional looking with temperatures on screen in my new build. Just waiting on full Lynnfield reviews and availability.

    If you want automatic control then check out Scythe Kaze Server: http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/casefanaccessories/kaze-server

    Yes please to the pic SpeedLegion. Which case are you using?
     
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