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Lamptron FC2 Fan Speed Controller 45W x 6 channel Black

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Posted

Pros: Enough wattage per channel to run a couple Deltas each.

Cons: Only 3-pin extensions are included (unlike the Rheosmart 6: splitters, 3-pin to molex, molex to 3-pin, etc.). Annoying/loud buzz at medium voltages.

If you have been looking into which controller to buy, you've probably read some reviews on this specific one. A few years ago, Overclock3d (and some others) did reviews, where they found two major issues with this controller: voltage varying wildly at low settings, and an annoying buzz when it isn't turned to maximum.

Today, mine arrived, and I did a few quick voltage measurements at full, 3 o'clock, and 12 o'clock locations (I didn't bother going lower, since my fans don't even run at such low voltages).

Fans used for testing: four Delta AFB1212VHEs (an older version). Label says 12V at 0.9A each, so 10.8W each fan, or 43.2W total.
I measured them to be at 10.6V and 1.74A total (for some unknown reason wth.gif). With three of them, they come out to be 10.9V and 1.44A total. This was ran directly off the power supply (did I mention loud?).

Side note: yeah, forgot to do no-load measurements at 12 o'clock redface.gif.
96

Looks like the voltage issue is fixed! At least at above 4V.

Regarding the buzz, it's still there. I did measurements by ear (half a foot away, seems to be coming from the capacitors), and all six channels had it start up at about 8V, and stop at 11.08V.
It's loud to the point that I could hear it over my six Deltas at 6-7V four feet away. At full 12V though, obviously the fan noise reigns.

I also ran into a problem trying to stick the controller into a 5.25 slot on my HAF 922. The sides of the controller are not straight, but protrudes outwards (like a sideways staircase with one stair) near the panel itself, which was what prevents the controller from going all the way in. I had to dremel off a millimeter or two of each side of my 922's 5.25 slots to get it to fit.
If the sides of your 5.25 slots are steel, it could be a problem.

Now, the nitpicks.
The knobs are not evenly pushed in, i.e. some are protruding more than others, and it didn't seem like you can't fix it by pulling them out to the same distance.
The knobs themselves are not identically built. The dots on them that indicate how far it is turned varies in size, from knob to knob. The grinding off of the corners are not even (but less noticeable).
I'd prefer the dots replaced with lines (from edge to center), but that's just me.
The capacitors were angling in all sorts of directions (I'm a semi-perfectionist!).
Only 3-pin extensions are included (not sleeved frown.gif), so you'll need to get your own splitters/3-pin-to-molexes/molex-to-3-pins, etc.
It could have also had separators that prevents light from one channel bleeding into another channel (so you don't get confused if a channel is on or not).

Conclusion:
If you're looking for a high-wattage-per-channel fan controller and don't run fans at 8-11V range, look no further (or if you don't care too much about buzzing)!
Otherwise, I'd recommend you look elsewhere.
I don't run my fans that high, so I'm fine biggrin.gif. Besides, I was looking forward to running three Deltas on one channel anyways, so my 360 radiator fans can match in CFM.
In addition, be careful about the controller not fitting in 5.25 slots.

Posted

Pros: 45w per channel, reliable.

Cons: No fan splitters. little expensive

With 45w per channel this little beast can handle quite a few fans, only downside is that you'll have to get your self those splitters.

I have used this controller with upto 4 fans connected to one channel and it was working as intended. It is an extremely well thought product.

10/10

Posted

Pros: Really high wattage per channel, includes six 3-pin connection extensions

Cons: LED's can be bright, no rpm montoring, longer molex cables

This thing is really powerful it can control and insane amount of fans, you could if you wanted to controll most if not all your case fans with it. I should say it is designed for high speed fans like Deltas, if you are controlling them you won't be able to put many on on channel. it shut up my gentle typoons (4250 rpm) quickly biggrin.gif

The only problems are that it should come with longer molex cables and the LED's are a bit bright.

This thing is a tank, I recommend it
Lamptron FC2 Fan Speed Controller 45W x 6 channel Black
Description:

Available in black anodized aluminium or aluminum silver, this 6-channel fan speed control enables you to control power cooling fans with great cooling capacity, yet adjust them to lower noise when extra cooling is not needed for the system. It also adds to the look of your gaming system while adding practical funtionality. This is the black version of the FC2 fan speed controller. Package contains the fan speed controller unit and cable extension for connecting to cooling fans. NO FULL REFUNDS OR RETURNS to customers who decided they simply do not want the product anymore. There will be a 15% re-stocking fee for returned or refunded products. Returned retail packaged product opened by the customer is non refundable. We will replace any Dead-On-Arrival (DOA) item if you contact us within 2 weeks from the day you receive the merchandise. There is a Warranty of one year after the product is received. Warranty is VOID after one year or if product is damaged by any user misuse.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandLamptron
EAN6900628102213
FeatureBlue LED brightness intensifies as cooling fan's RPM climbs
Height1.65 inches
Length5.83 inches
Weight0.97 pounds
Width3.04 inches
LabelLamptron
List Price$34.99
ManufacturerLamptron
ModelLAMP-FC0022H
MPN6900628102213
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameCOMPUTER
PublisherLamptron
SKUAT-70181
StudioLamptron
TitleLamptron FC2 Fan Speed Controller 45W x 6 channel Black
ColorAnodized Black Aluminum
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