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A good dual 5.25" bay can controller?

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Hey OCN, first real question on here so plz go easy on me lol.
I'm lookin for a good DUAL 5.25" bay fan controller that is both functional (at the very very least 4 channels) and aesthetically pleasing (although beauty is in the eye of the beholder wink.gif). But so far I've found none that are good.

Theres the NZXT Sentry LX that seems to be the only dual bay fan controller on the market, but its an absolute piece of crap in terms of performance from what i see, capable of only 4 (that's right FOUR) watts per channel.

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The only other choice is an ugly-ass Aerocool which my retailer doesnt carry.

In terms of performance, I'd like at least 4 channels (i mean cmon, its dual bays, it better have more than 4 channels), capable of delivering at the very least 6 watts per channel (and that's only just barely able to handle what i plan to do), and even then i don't wanna be running the rheos at near max capacity, kinda risky lol. it would be nice if it had temp probes.

For display or output, i'd like something with a blue LCD display (just simple numbers would do, but it'd be nice if it had some graphics lol)

In terms of appearance, i dont want something thats crazy flashy or obnoxiously styled. something tasteful would be perfect, TBH i really like how the sentry LX looks, its just a shame it doesnt perform as nice as it looks. Black with blue LEDs and display would be perfect.

If any body knows of ANY dual bay fan controllers out there besides the NZXT sentry LX, even if it doesnt fall into the above conditions, post it on here and that would be phenomenal, oh and did i mention u get a cookie? XD

thanks a lot for the help OCN biggrin.gif
-WingsEdge
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Just as a starter, I've owned several LCD fan controllers.... and absolutely hated every single one of them, I just use manual switches anymore. The problem with LCD is that typically you do not look at your controller from the direct front in which LCD displays are designed, thus making them sometimes impossible to see when you look from the sides, top, or bottom(depending on PC placement).

As for suggesting some good ones goes... just use your own judgment as to which one you want, you may want it as eye candy, but you really need to think of functionality over anything. I suggest taking a good look at frozencpu.com to see what you may want in terms of choice. They have literally hundreds of bays for fans.

Here is a link to the bay controllers....
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l1/g34/Bay_Devices.html?id=9tuUweVu

Sorry if I'm not much help. There's not a huge market for these people making these devices so there is yet to be a lot of them readily available. I truely think your best best will to change your mind on what type of asthetics you want and may want to go with the idea of "less is more."

I've gone through the same thing as you were I thought, "Oh man, I really want one of those LCD dual-bay fan controllers!" and have ended up wasting months of waiting on shipping and literally hundred of dollars just to end up buying THIS It only handles four channels, but it has 30watts per channel. Something like this really follows the less is more idea, and it still looks slick as hell.


Hope I gave you some insight.
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thanks a lot for the quick reply man, yea ive bought fan controllers for some builds ive done for friends before, but never had to live with em, i really appreciate the input from somebody experienced, and as for looks vs performance, we definitely think along the same lines. its the reason why i started the thread lol, function ALWAYS comes before form, and i know "bling factor" is kinda frowned upon, but i do like a build that genuinely looks nice and is tastefully decorated.
and as for the LCD display thing, i would really like a display because id like to see the RPM count and temp readings, and the rig will be placed on my desk right beside my monitor, and im a pretty tall guy so readability wont be an issue.
but yea, i totally understand the reason why most people go for just a simple 4 knobs with high power rheostats, cuz it does the job better and they dont need a screen.

for a single bay controller im lookin at the scythe kaze master ace (4 channel), or master ace pro (6 channel):
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i own the kaze master you posted (pic)
very nice and solid, high quality and good looking.
even if it can only handle 1A per channel its capable to handle all my fans. i run 10 fans on all channels using y cable splitters.

4 on the first channel, and 2 on each other channels
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yea im planning to go for a balls-to-the-wall aircooling high airflow concept for my next gaming build, so i really do need a fan controller. and i dont wanna be runnin PWM fans off the mobo headers, so ill have to group my fans into control groups using Y-splitters and control them with the fan con. the scythe with its 1 amp per channel is more than enough for what i need it to do. thanks for sharing your experiences newguy, as always i really do appreciate it! thumb.gif
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