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Item#: N82E16811992014

NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

  • CAM Software
  • Voltage & Short Circuit Protection
  • 6 Fan Channels
  • Discreet Installation
  • 2 Included Fan Extension Cables
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Model

Brand
NZXT
Model
AC-GRIDP-M1

Spec

Material
Plastic
Dimensions
73mm x 18mm x 73mm

Features

Features
Input Power
Voltage 12V
Molex 4 Pin Connector

USB Connection: Standard USB 2.0 to Micro USB on PCB

Output Power
Voltage 12V
Connector Standard 3 Pin Fan Connector
Channels 6
Wattage 30W by single step-down output

GRID+ is a software-controlled fan controller with 6 channels and up to 30 watts total
output. The GRID+ software allows you to manually or automatically adjust your fan
speeds with ease. Additionally, the GRID+ software will notify you of any abnormalities
such as disconnected fans, abnormal voltage or unusual fan speeds.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael N.
  • 3/17/2015 12:31:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot great

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Form factor is nice. Also cabling it comes with is a bonus.

Cons: Software is utter and complete garbage. It can't reliably do anything. It ruins what should be an awesome device.

Other Thoughts: After months of fighting with it, I got it to statically set the fans to 70% (which was my goal speed). I uninstalled the software and will never tough it again. It now stays at 70% without issue. I really wish I could have set that as the ceiling, and then let it thermal throttle. But whatever, its better than nothing.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We appreciate the honest feedback with our product, there has been many changes made to the cam software. Now that being there is a cam version 2.0 it has totally had a re haul of its UI and included a nice FPS counter called the “overlay option”. Which records your RAM usage ,fps counter, gpu temps and more. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to submit a request at support.nzxt.com. You can also contact us directly at +1-800-228-9395.

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Steven U.
  • 3/10/2015 10:17:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood idea, wait for future versions

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Build quality of the controller feels very solid and is slim profile enough to not take up space in the case.
The CAM software is consistently being updated with ideas from the community, and the mobile app is a nice addition.

Cons: There are two key issues that are limited by the hardware design.
1. Minimum fan speed is set to %40 as by advertisement/recommendation, but for people using high static pressure fans such as my SP120's, this is way to loud.
2. Individual Fan control is not possible. You can make 1 custom profile for fan speeds, but this applies to all connected fans.

I made the mistake buying this product thinking there would at least be individual fan control.

Other Thoughts: You can compare this product to NZXT's Grid, which is just a fan splitter. Grid+ has a software interface to control all fans together and display temps and system information. Other than that, they are basically the same product with a ~$20 + price.

I like what NZXT is going for here, but they missed two crucial things, and I think not having individual fan control (which is the point of a fan controller) is a huge oversight.

My recommendation: The NZXT Cam Software forum for ideas is great and consistently being updated as well as their software. But many of the ideas are limited by hardware, and NZXT has said that it will be in their next edition. Wait until then, unless you need a software glorified fan splitter.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We appreciate your honest feedback regarding the two key issues that you commented on. One not having the individual fan control and the speed set at 40%. Though it is true that this unit does not have independent fan control it was released for a specific set, to be an easy to use -fan controller with a single custom profile. With one profile would be able to control all fans with-out having to change each fan by itself to a certain percentage. With the grid+ having the lowest RPM’s at 40% was a universal marker which at 5 volts or lower the fans will stop or stutter. We are here to serve you if you have any further questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact us at +1-800-228-9395.

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Van H.
  • 2/19/2015 7:52:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOver Priced

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Has connections for 6 fans. Can control more fans using splitters. As long as you keep total drawn under 30w.

Cons: Cam software used to control this is a bad joke. Unable to control fans individually. Doesn't work with pwm fans.There's more. See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: If you value your fans avoid this. I had to take this apart just to remove my fans. It literally wouldn't let them go. The fan headers on this wouldn't fit my cooler master fans. To my surprise, this thing would lose contact with my usb header(it was plugged in and windows could see it) forcing me to power down my system, open the case, unplug it from the header, wait 30's seconds, reconnect and hope it would work. It usually didn't. Thankfully, if it can't connect it would spin the fans at 40% speed.

There are much better options out there. I bought this because I wanted to use it in a NAS box that didn't have any external openings on the front.

If you value your fans avoid this thing. Gave it 2 eggs because at-least it spun the fans.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We do apologize for the inconvenience, but the grid+ was designed for a specific group of users to be a simplistic and easy to use fan controller. Which allowed a single profile for all fans to be controlled all at once. So independent control for each fan was not implemented for this controller. Which our sentry 2 and sentry 3 fan controllers are able to do. It is a software based fan controller which works in combo with the CAM software. Again we are thankful for the feed-back if you have any issues with the grid+ please visit us at support.nzxt.com and submit a request if you have any issues.

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Marty W.
  • 2/13/2015 8:52:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDONT buy!

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Cool design, compact. Quality device

Cons: Would be great if NZXTs software did not render this little device almost useless. Its just an expensive fan splitter without it catastrophic CAM software. If you have the skills to write your own program I am sure it would work great. I going to buy a Corsair Link Commander. Apparently it has independent control of each fan. This Grid+ does not.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello, Valued NZXT Customer

We do apologize for the inconvenience, upon the grid’s release it was meant to be a very simplistic fan controller which provided easy use for the average user. Which we did not implement independent fan control for each fan. Though we do have several other fan controllers like the sentry 2 and 3 that do offer independent fan control. If you have any further questions regarding this please let us know at support.nzxt.com or you can contact us directly at +1-800-228-9395

Kind regards,
NZXT Support.

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  • Miguel F.
  • 2/3/2015 1:56:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBuy this NOW

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Works perfectly.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Making me really think about buying the kraken x61 just to fill up the CAM apps :)

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  • Fadi H.
  • 1/27/2015 9:59:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: Easy to install. Comes with installion material. Looks great inside my case, works great, and is a easy way for me to control and monitor my fans and my computer temperature.

It doesn't control the fans individually, but the CAM software is much more convenient than a simple fan controller or hub, and to be honest, I was drawn to the Grid+ by its aesthetics.

Really awesome that it comes with zip ties too.

Props to NZXT for a very helpful and speedy customer service and product support.

Cons: I don't need to control my fans individually, but it should be supported.

Other Thoughts: Don't just pull the fan cables out of the Grid+, take your time and ease them out.

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  • Jordano R.
  • 12/31/2014 5:54:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfantastic device

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: installs easy
reduces fan noise
CAM software works great

Cons: wish it had more fan ports, not really a con though

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  • Brandon D.
  • 12/17/2014 7:53:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawsome

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: works great, cam software is pretty decent to.

Cons: none

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  • Karina P.
  • 11/21/2014 9:15:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFan Master Controller

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: It controls all my fans. I have not had reached the limit of 30 Watts.
I like that I can use a simple program to control my fans. Not like speedfan which confuses me and I do not want to search how to use it. Plug and play is the key. it controls all my Corsair fans which makes me a happy camper. I also like the remote control from your phone to control grid+

Cons: Now this does not have to do anything with the grid + but it has to do with the CAM software. It is still the same issues with CAM taking up resources and making my cpu run a little hotter on the side if it is on. Other than that i love it.

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  • Sean P.
  • 10/25/2014 1:34:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Potential, a Few Flaws

This review is from: NZXT AC-GRIDP-M1 GRID+ Digital Fan Controller

Pros: The software included is easy to use, simple to get setup. Supports 6 fans and is painless to install.

Cons: The CAM software (required to use the device) leaves a bit to be desired. Upon launching the software, instead of taking you directly to the fan control it wants you to login and create a cloud profile. That's nice, but oddly unnecessary.

The Cam+ can not control the fans controlled independently. One setting controls all fans, and you don't have much flexibility in the matter.

If you have multiple fans which run at different speeds and sound levels this can make the Grid+ less than ideal. Not a deal breaker, but you really need to configure your fans around the fan controller. It's somewhat counter-productive that you need to build around the Grid+, NOT use the Grid+ to improve your case. The "all or nothing" approach in the software removes a lot of versatility.

Other Thoughts: The fan controller only accepts 3 pin fans. While it does include 2 adapters, this doesn't help if you've got a case full of 4 pin fans (hi!). No worry, you can just buy some fan adapters online. Only, that's oddly much harder than it should be. Finding a basic 4 pin to 3 pin fan cable that's *under* $10 that suits your needs exactly is much more difficulty than it should be. Plenty of Y-cables, multiple inputs. Even my local computer megastore lacked the adapters. Even Nzxt doesn't sell the fan adapters on their site.

Don't get me wrong, you can find the cables, but the pricing and shipping are not entirely in your favor. While I'll admit that it's my fault I didn't look at the fan connections when purchasing it getting the cables needed to convert my fans to work with the Grid+ added another $30 to the cost. Just something to keep in mind.

If they can find a way to implement 4-pin fans AND independent fan controls in the future, along with improving the CAM software, this thing will be killer. As it is, it works well enough on its own, but it's lacks the finesse most other fan controllers on the market.

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