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Lamptron Fan Controller FC-5 Black Version 2, Changeable Display Colors

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Posted

Pros: 30w per channel, looks, shows temperature, multiple colors

Cons: voltage/temperature design.

It's a lovely little unit I've found in my use, it fits in perfectly with my 800D. Having 30w per channel i find really useful as it allows me to set my fans up in a per zone design. This way I can vary my fan speeds depending on the area, I usually set my top fans up to a channel so this way i can cut their noise down and not the rest for example. The customizable colours are kind of nice but It's done via jumpers so changing the colour once installed is a pain. It comes with 5 temperature probs which are nice but In use i've found that I don't know where the probes go (well i do but not from what channel) making it kinda of useless know it's X temperature somewhere in the case; this would be easily fixed by actually following and paying attention to what probe goes where. This also leads to my biggest issue with the fan controller, you can show voltage or temperature but not both. this leads to some pretty hard trade offs in my opinion. The screen is fairly nice but nothing overly special and the view angles are okay. Either way it's a great fan controller with a few little issues that doesn't hinder it's use.

Posted

Pros: 7 Color choices, Crisp and bright LCD display, 0-100% RPM Control, Clean look , Voltage display option

Cons: White color isn't a true white

The Lamptron FC5v2 is the second fan controller by Lamptron that I am reviewing. The first was the Lamptron FC6 which is a newer model than the FC5v2.

Introduction
It seems like everyday there is another fan controller coming out but which ones are the best? This fan controller is feature packed and will surprise everyone. Lamptron did it right this time. They listened to user feedback from their previous fan controllers and made some great improvements like a solid faceplate, crisper display, more power per channel and the option to display voltages.

Specifications
Dimensions: 5.25 drive bay
Power Output: Up to 30W per channel
DC Input: + 12V(Standard 4-Pin Connector)
DC Output: 0V - 12V DC
Control Channels: 4 pcs
Display Color: Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Purple, White

Features
  • New and Improved LCD
  • CNC milled from blocks of 3/4" thick solid aluminum
  • User's choice of displaying colors
  • Four knobs to control four 3pin channels
  • User's choice of displaying Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Voltages for the bottom line readout

Packaging

Just like the FC6, the box is simple and tells you all about the device.
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The bottom gives you a brief description about the device and shows you what is contained inside the box.
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The top gives you the specifications, features and what colors are available.
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Whats Inside

You can see that the contents are very well packaged. The foam is cut to fit to provide a snug fit for the controller and accessories.
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Contents include:
1x Fan Controller (Rehobus)
4x Fan Cable Extenders (524mm long)
1x Molex Power Extender (195mm long)
1x Jumper
4x Installation Screws
4x Sensor Cables (725mm long)
1z Installation Guide

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A Closer Look

The front of the controller is very clean looking. If your not a fan of cap screws being visible like they are on the FC6, then this controller is for you.
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They only marking on the front is the LAMPTRON FC5 logo.
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We will now explore the different parts connections that are located on the back of the fan controller.
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In the top left of the board you will see 4 fan connections. They are labeled as P1 through P4 from right to left. Keep this reverse order in mind when connecting your fans.
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Under the fan connections, you will see 3, 2 pin connections that have jumpers on them. You will use these to change the colors of the LCD display. The jumpers are Blue, Green and Red in that order from left to right.
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Now on the right side of the board, you will see the molex connector at the top. This supplies the controller with the necessary power. Under that you will see 4, 2 pin connectors. This is where you will connect the temp sensors. They are labled channel 1 through 4 from top to bottom. Below these connections you will see yet another set of 3, 2 pin connectors. The far left 2 are for what you want to display on the front panel. Celsius, Fahrenheit or Voltage.
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Again Lamptron has done a great job with their instructions page. It is a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of laminated paper that contains everything you need to know to setup your new fan controller. On the back it gives you detailed instructions on how to change the LCD character colors, change the temp settings to Celsius, Fahrenheit or Voltage, how to activate the alarm function and how to connect the temp sensors.

Here is what the controller looks like when powered on in each color.
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I was a tad disappointed at how close the blue and purple turned out in the photo. You can defiantly tell the difference in person but I could not capture it well enough. Also the first color is supposed to be white but that color is more gray/blue. That is also how it looks in person so it is not a malfunction of my camera.

I installed the FC5v2 in a spare PC I had and set it beside my current rig which has the FC6 installed in it. You can see how much crisper the FC5v2 looks over the FC6.
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Just to make sure it wasn't my camera messing with me again, I took close ups of each controller.

FC5v2
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FC6
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Conclusion

Pros:
  • 7 Color choices
  • Crisp and bright LCD display
  • 0-100% RPM Control
  • Clean look
  • Voltage display option

Cons:
  • White color isn't a true white

The FC5v2 has more features and is more powerful than the FC6 so I can conclude that Lamptron is doing it right. I give this device a solid 10/10. I was impressed with the FC6 and even more impressed by the FC5v2.
Lamptron Fan Controller FC-5 Black Version 2, Changeable Display Colors
Description:

Lamptron listens to the call of users worldwide begging to change that boring white or blue LCD readout used in many fan controllers of today. With the Lamptron design team working closely with suggestions by users like you, we perfected a fan controller that allows a person to change the readout color of not one or two but seven different colors! We also added a function which allows users to choose what they desire to be displayed for the bottom line readout in the LCD display with the choices of Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Voltages. Specifications: Dimentions: 5.25" bay Power Output: Up to 30w per Channel Face Plate Color Available: Black Anodized/Silver Aluminium DC Input: +12v (Standard 4-Pin Connector) DC Output: 0-12v Changeable Display Color: Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Purple, White Control Channels: 4

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandLamptron
Feature30 Watts Per Channel, Dimension 148.5mm*42.5mm*77mm (5.25" Bay)
LabelLamptron
ManufacturerLamptron
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCOMPUTER_COOLING_DEVICE
PublisherLamptron
StudioLamptron
TitleLamptron Fan Controller FC-5 Black Version 2, Changeable Display Colors
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