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APEVIA FC-01 Multi Fan Speed Controller

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #7 in Case Accessories

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Pros: Cheap, sturdy construction, longer cords

Cons: No automatic speed adjustments based on temperature, no 3/4 pin connectors (molex only)

I've used a number of different fan speed controllers that share this same basic design, but this one feels more sturdy than the others. The back plate is steel, and the aluminum heatsink is large and does not wobble easily. Unlike some other models, this one's cords are long and sleeved

An analogue knob on the back lets you adjust fan speed from 50%-99% of max.

It easily handles the load of 2x 120mm case fans at 50% speed. I use it to keep 3 cheap non-PWM 1,500RPM fans quieter, and it does a good job. Judging from other reviews, this controller works better with fans that are low RPM to begin with - apparently it will not sufficiently quiet very powerful fans. The box claims it can handle up to 5 fans, but I'm reluctant to push that limit since the box also states it is designed for up to 1.2A and AFAIK a typical 120mm fan at full speed can pull ~0.4A.

Other reviews claim when the power is on, the heatsink is electrically charged at 12v due to touching a voltage regulator. I installed it while the machine was unplugged and have not touched it since, so have encountered no issues from this.
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APEVIA FC-01 Multi Fan Speed Controller
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Specifications: Interface: PCI Output DC Variable: Manually Adjustable Voltage DC Input Voltage: 12V +/- 10% DC Output: 5.0V - 11.70V Max Current: 1.2A Features: This Aspire Multi Fan Speed Controller helps keeping noise level down while maximum your cooling capability and give you the ability to take control of your case fans (up to 5 fans)

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