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ZALMAN FAN MATE 2 Fan Controller
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs 01/14/2015

This review is from: ZALMAN FAN MATE 2 Fan Controller

Pros: These work great! I used these on some server fans since FreeBSD doesn't work well/at all with fan speed controllers and just runs 100% the whole time. Finally my file server is reasonably quiet!

Cons: Nothing serious, but the included cables are insanely long... so if you're worried about being neat you will have to bundle and tie them up somewhere.

Other Thoughts: After getting these in the mail, I ran to a local computer shop and bought two more to keep on hand for taming loud boxes. I love them!

ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I am required to write something here so... it turns on. Yay.

Cons: Microphone input for onboard sound is defective. Mic is inaudible at 100% volume and 30db mic boost.

Upon further research, this is a widespread issue across high-end ASUS motherboards going back at least a year.

I probably won't waste money trying to RMA with the whole bent-pin fiasco with Newegg and ASUS.

Other Thoughts: I've been avoiding ASUS for a long time, but figured they might be OK now since so many people recommend them. Does not appear to be the case.

I was also surprised to hear that Newegg is starting to cut corners on their previously exceptional RMA service. I definitely won't be buying anything important here anymore.

MSI H61M-P31/W8 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Everything seems to function as intended.

Cons: Fan Speed settings are crazy. The CPU fan speed will drop to 0%, but the case fans are locked to a 50% minimum. This is crazy! Don't use this for your HTPC!

Other Thoughts: I bought this locally to repair a prefab desktop. It works fine, but the machine is much louder than it used to be, even after adjusting settings in the BIOS. Out of the factory, it barely made a whisper.

The case fans (sys1 and sys2) seemed to be locked at a 50% minimum in the BIOS and I can't control them manually with SpeedFan. I tried using the MSI ControlCenter software and the speed seems to be locked at 50% also. What a shame! Seems like a quality product otherwise.


Jason N.'s Profile

Display Name: Jason N.

Date Joined: 12/22/04

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 08/31/06
  • Last Review: 01/14/15
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