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Been looking at these for a long long time. Pretty much a water coolers dream to own one from what I have read but is it so? Do these really add that much more value to water cooling setups?

Let me know. Depending on answers I may pick one up for my current mod.
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I've had the PRO version for a couple of weeks now. I haven't put it to full use yet, but here is what I'm using it for so far:

Temperature Sensors
  • Internal Air Temperature (2 sensors - one at top of case and one at bottom)
  • External Air Temperature (2 sensors - one by each of my radiators intakes)
  • Water temperature
  • CPU Core (using a software-based sensor against Open Hardware Monitor)

Flow Sensor
  • Water flow using Aqua Computer's flow sensor

Virtual Sensors
  • Delta T (Water temp - External air temp)
  • Core CPU temp - Water temp

Fan Control
  • Control 5 Fans using a progressive curve based on the Delta T virtual sensor (Water Temp - External Air Temp)

Alarms
  • Temperatures alarm
  • Flow rate alarm

Here are some random thoughts:
  • I don't use the LCD much (if at all)
  • I still need to order the black faceplate to match my case (it comes w/ a silver one)
  • I'm probably going to have several levels of shutdown based on the severity of the alarm (software shutdown vs. hardware shutoff using PSU cable adapter)
  • I'm so impressed with AC's quality that I'm considering some of their new offerings (reservoir and aquaero compatible D5 pump)

None of this is mandatory and a "must have" for a watercooling setup. I like the control and visibility that it provides. I don't regret my purchase one bit.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do my best to answer them.
Edited by T L C - 8/22/12 at 3:21pm
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Fug... i have been looking at it also. even when DazMode had it in his orange 700D.
i want one, but the complexity... it does too much for what i'd need it for.. cool platform
both on the unit and software link. always been on the lookout for a used unit to
'speriment with. the possibilities are numerous for function and safety.

airdeano
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Originally Posted by T L C View Post

I've had the PRO version for a couple of weeks now. I haven't put it to full use yet, but here is what I'm using it for so far:

Temperature Sensors
  • Internal Air Temperature (2 sensors - one at top of case and one at bottom)
  • External Air Temperature (2 sensors - one by each of my radiators intakes)
  • Water temperature
  • CPU Core (using a software-based sensor against Open Hardware Monitor)

Flow Sensor
  • Water flow using Aqua Computer's flow sensor

Virtual Sensors
  • Delta T (Water temp - External air temp)
  • Core CPU temp - Water temp

Fan Control
  • Control 5 Fans using a progressive curve based on the Delta T virtual sensor (Water Temp - External Air Temp)

Alarms
  • Temperatures alarm
  • Flow rate alarm

Here are some random thoughts:
  • I don't use the LCD much (if at all)
  • I still need to order the black faceplate to match my case (it comes w/ a silver one)
  • I'm probably going to have several levels of shutdown based on the severity of the alarm (software shutdown vs. hardware shutoff using PSU cable adapter)
  • I'm so impressed with AC's quality that I'm considering some of their new offerings (reservoir and aquaero compatible D5 pump)

None of this is mandatory and a "must have" for a watercooling setup. I like the control and visibility that it provides. I don't regret my purchase one bit.

Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

Wow thanks! I'm not sure it will flow 100% with my mod but it looks sick so I might have to get one if i don't get sponsored with one.
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Fug... i have been looking at it also. even when DazMode had it in his orange 700D.
i want one, but the complexity... it does too much for what i'd need it for.. cool platform
both on the unit and software link. always been on the lookout for a used unit to
'speriment with. the possibilities are numerous for function and safety.

airdeano

Thanks for the video. (Damn he is hard to understand lol). I read a few reviews on it and saw how it is very complicated.
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Do you like setting fans quickly and then mind your business? Don't get one.
Do you like monitoring every variable in your case and put in a few weeks work to perfectly setup all the controlling paterns? Get one.

But you have to be fair to yourself when answering the question. Because I'm sure for most people it's simply too much control and it will be a hassle compared to a few simple turns on a knob.
If you only want to control some fan arrays, I'd go with the normal fan controller or one with a touchscreen if you want a flat front. If you'll use fans, temp sensors and pwn pumps, the better motherboards with their own software or speedfan can still suit your needs. It's only when you use a lot of input data and have the want or need to fine-tune it all, that you fit the market for the aquaero line.

I don't want to push people away from AC tho. In software controlled fan controllers, there is simply no match to Aquacomputer. The others like Koolance or Corsair aren't even close to the control you can gain.
Also question yourself if you want the xt or the lt. There's pretty much nobody who use the front panel to control it, the aquasuite is the secret of the aquaero. XT is easy to install in a 5.25" and shows that you have one. LT is cheaper and you can hide it.
Edited by StijnDP - 8/23/12 at 1:15am
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Do you like setting fans quickly and then mind your business? Don't get one.
Do you like monitoring every variable in your case and put in a few weeks work to perfectly setup all the controlling paterns? Get one.

But you have to be fair to yourself when answering the question. Because I'm sure for most people it's simply too much control and it will be a hassle compared to a few simple turns on a knob.
If you only want to control some fan arrays, I'd go with the normal fan controller or one with a touchscreen if you want a flat front. If you'll use fans, temp sensors and pwn pumps, the better motherboards with their own software or speedfan can still suit your needs. It's only when you use a lot of input data and have the want or need to fine-tune it all, that you fit the market for the aquaero line.

I don't want to push people away from AC tho. In software controlled fan controllers, there is simply no match to Aquacomputer. The others like Koolance or Corsair aren't even close to the control you can gain.
Also question yourself if you want the xt or the lt. There's pretty much nobody who use the front panel to control it, the aquasuite is the secret of the aquaero. XT is easy to install in a 5.25" and shows that you have one. LT is cheaper and you can hide it.

I'd like to have a nifty display. I'm pretty tired of normal fan controllers.
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Fug... i have been looking at it also. even when DazMode had it in his orange 700D.
i want one, but the complexity... it does too much for what i'd need it for.. cool platform
both on the unit and software link. always been on the lookout for a used unit to
'speriment with. the possibilities are numerous for function and safety.

airdeano

Ok that video was horrible LOL. I thought Daz was a pro... super amature video. He didn't even use the product before "reviewing" it so he looked like an amature trying to figure it out. But I do see how complicated it can be.
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I'd like to have a nifty display. I'm pretty tired of normal fan controllers.

If it's only for the display you have lots of alternatives. Lamptron touch (30w channels). Aerocool has a lot of controllers with lcd's (most models 10W or lower). BitFenix recon (10w per channel). NZXT has lots of lcd controllers (10w per channel). Scythe Kaza master (12W channels). Zalman ZM-MFC3 (8w channels).

Some will let you automate fan speeds a little bit like the Lamptron touch. None will allow the automation of the AQ5 ofc if that's what you need.
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I have been using Aquaero's for years and I wouldn't build a system without one. There are just too features you get addicted too and the amount of control you have with Aquasuite is unmatched.
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Aquaero 5 All the way... Used Aquaero's for several years also & like "theseekeroffun" I wouldn't build a system now without one..

It's true when they first come/came out they were a bit difficult or complicated to understand & set-up, But thats not the case any more, with all the Aquasuite software & Firmware updates It's pretty much a breeze to set up now & your options as to what & how you monitor, control is quite staggering & you won't find any other (that I know of) Fan Controller, come PC System Cooler Monitor anywhere that can do what this Brilliant bit of kit does & can do.. biggrin.gif

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