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This review is from: 1ST PC CORP. FC-FC5V2-B 30W 4 channels fan controller
Pros: - Great build quality, solid construction
- Bright, Clear LED screen
- Quality sleeved fan extensions
- Looks GREAT in my case, fit well in my 5.25" bay
Cons: - Dial Knobs only control voltage from 0 (turned all the way left: OFF) to 45 (turned right) degrees. HUGE PROBLEM.
Other Thoughts: I was excited to receive this item after reading mixed reviews on forums. However, after getting everything wired up, plugged in, and turned on - the controller knobs only work between 0 and 45 degrees, where 0 is OFF, and 45 is MAX RPM/V. Anything in between is extremely fickle and you have to turn the dial very slowly to get any voltage response.
Its almost impossible to fine tune it, as if you turn it either way it will either throttle off or stay at max. This is a HUGE problem and renders the fan controller obsolete as the point of me purchasing this controller was to fine tune my build to comfortable noise levels.
When I bought this product there was only 1 review on Newegg and it gave favorable reviews, however now after struggling with this product for about an hour last night, I came on Newegg and noticed new reviews for this product, of which half are having my problem as well.
Instead of waiting for a RMA, I'm thinking about trying to just get a refund for this product, its either defective, or doesn't work as intended.
Other Reviewers have stated:
"Low-end voltage regulation is absurdly jumpy - moving the potentiometer, for example, one millimeter can suddenly result in a five volt change."
"The control knobs that are supposed to provide "Stepless Speed Control" can physically turn about 270 degrees; however the actual control range is only about 5-10 degrees."
This review is from: Silverstone CPF01 3.94" PWM Fan Splitter Cable
Pros: Great extension, flexible cables, great black sleeving for a great look. Does what it needs to do, runs 2 SP120's off 1 of my Impact's mobo header.
Cons: While I know it is just an extension, it is kinda short, I have this currently in a prodigy and it works just fine, but for mid/full tower cases, be sure your fan cables can reach.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: + Minimalistic, thoughtful layout
+ Streamlined airflow, built in front fan controller (low and high)
+ All black interior, good material
+ Great cable management
Cons: - Case does not very sturdy with top and side panels removed, need to be careful when moving case around if panels are off
- Screw holes for mounting the PSU and back 120MM case fan did not line up with my PSU and Corsair 120 SP fan, had to use only 2 for PSU and 3 for 120 MM fan. They seem sturdy enough but still uneasy about it.
- Paint chips very easily, and oil from fingers leaves smudges on paint, will need to wipe down after doing build if you want a "clean" look.
- When mounting a large AIO cooler (like the H80i) it is very difficult to run push/pull, and depending on what motherboard you have, the tubing will push up against memory, also depending on low or high profile ram-sinks
Other Thoughts: Good case, I saw lots of reviews and users on overclock.net make some fantastic builds with this case, including custom watercooling. Made the plunge, but my experiences weren't that great. I was also using a m-ITX board which cramped up my footprint for installing the H80i, I could not do push/pull with it due to high profile ram I picked out.
Giving this 4/5 stars due to the screw holes not lining up. I really want to give it a 5/5 because the layout is great and innovative and cable management is great - but I had such a pain putting everything together (compared to my previous builds) that I was left frustrated at the end and not completely happy with it.