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1ST PC CORP. FC-FCT-B Fan Controller
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Works, but mostly disappointing 03/06/2014

This review is from: 1ST PC CORP. FC-FCT-B Fan Controller

Pros: High wattage per channel, remembers your settings, decent RPM readouts, nice looking, compact size makes it easy to fit in tight spaces.

Cons: Touch-based interface is novel, but a pain. Temp sensors suck. Not well suited for high-powered fans, despite it's ability to run them (see other thoughts). Automatic fan control is flawed in its design.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this to primarily run four Delta 1212GHE fans, the 250 CFM jet engine beasts. I wanted to be able to have the fans run at low power while idling or doing simple things, and have them crank up automatically when I got into some serious computing. While it CAN power the fans just fine, it isn't well suited to do so. The main issue is that with the fans set at 40% or below (the point at which they are no longer jet-turbine loud), they won't start. This means that every time I start my computer, I have to go to each fans setting, boost it over 50%, then turn it back down to 40%. Fine-tuning the fan speed is a pain, since it's touch controlled. It takes several tries for each channel to get it back down to 40% instead of skipping right down to 30% or back up to 50%.

The automatic option isn't very well designed, as it runs at only two speeds: the speed you set manually, and 100%. This means that as your PC hits the temperature mark you set, the fans will boost up to full blast. Since this will then cool the PC and lower the temp, they will then go back down again almost right away. So the fans will go high / low / high / low / high / low over and over again about every two seconds. As you can imagine this gets old VERY quickly.

If you're running high-power fans and want them automatically controlled, I highly recommend instead getting some PWM fans and a PWM splitter with a PSU connection. This seems to work perfectly.

If you're running regular, relatively quiet fans, this controller would probably be just fine. It does look nice and has plenty of outputs.

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Need an awesome SSD? Buy a samsung. Nuff said

Cons: Doesn't make me breakfast. Well, just the once

Logitech K800 2.4GHz Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard - Black
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great keyboard, if not super durable. I just bought my second one in 3 years since I loved the first one so much. Sadly, hair and other junk can get under the keys and mess them up. I mostly got this cause I love the scissor switch keys, the auto illumination and Logitech software

Cons: Junk can get under the keys and mess them up. Scissor switch keys mean it is very hard to take apart to clean without breaking. Whatever, I still love it


James S.'s Profile

Display Name: James S.

Date Joined: 10/12/07

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 06/30/08
  • Last Review: 03/06/14
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