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Okay, I just hope that a fan controller manufacturer/reseller sees this thread and learns a little from it.

I have built at least ten rigs in my life of of those ten, four were water cooled.

My current built promises to be epic with 3 way sli, 2x 480 rads, and 2x 360 rads in a CaseLabs STH10.

There will be 28 GT-2150 fans for the rads alone.

I need a good fan controller to control all these fans, on top of my case fans and various others as well as my pump.

I tried so many fan controllers from just about every manufacturers out there, except maybe for Aquaero: THEY ARE ALL JUNK!

But finally I found a fairly good one: the Lamptron Touch.
I have not tried it in the case yet but I played around with it on the bench.

All the others are undervolting to control the fan speed, in that they turn the excess voltage into heat. So if you reduce your fan speed to 25%, the controller basically burns and wastes away 75% of the voltage, or around 9 volts. So the slower your fans are, the more heat the controller produces.
Well, at least the Lamptron Touch doesn't have this terrible flaw: it uses a variant of PWM to slow down the fans without any heat coming from the unit.

It also has a solid feel with a solid aluminium frame and a nice stylish touch screen, not too gaudy or flashy like some other controllers *cought* NZXT *cought*

But here is what I would like in a fan controller: basically the Lamptron Touch but with a few improvements:

1) Gradual increase of fan speed:
The Touch allows you to set only one temp parameter. For example you set the channel that controls your case fans to spin at 30% speed when temps are below 30 Celsius. Above 30 Celsius, the higher setting kicks in, for example 100% speed.
I would like to see two separate temp parameters: a high and a low. So for example, you set your low to 20 Celsius and at that setting or lower, your fans run at 30%.
Then you set your high to 30 Celsius and as the temps move from 20 C to 30 C the fan speed gradually increases from 30% to, let's say 100%.

2) A Delta temp sensor:
So far, only the Aquaero has this feature but the Lamptron could offer this feature without even changing anything to the unit itself. For example to get the water/ambient delta a probe goes to ambient, or air intake. And an other probe goes to the water. Both probes are joined on a separate little PCB on which the delta is extracted from both probes and that can be fed to the controller via the usual temp probe wire from the delta PCB to the controller. This delta probe PCB could also be used for a case/ambient delta.

If Lamptron or anyone else, can develop such a unit, I am convinced that the large majority of water cooling enthusiasts would be getting the Lamptron Touch for their rig with the optional delta sensor..

Personally, I would love to have a fan controller that can monitor my water/air delta and keep my rad fans at 20% when the delta is below 3 C and that would gradually increase to 100% fan speed as the delta reaches 10 C.

/ soap box

Cheers,
PepeLapiu
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