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Ok, here's the thing..

I've overclocked my i5-3570K to 4.2ghz, and IBT test shows as stable reaching 75-77c.
Currently the Air flow in my case is Poor (at best), I have 1x 120mm Front Intake fan and thats it!
I'm getting a deal on 5 Aerocool Sharks 120mm (3 blue and 2 black) and want to put a Fan Controller in to support them, I know I can use the motherboard headers but with a FC it'll look better smile.gif

My budget is around £30 for a 4 or more channel controller. The Aerocool Sharks on 12v have 0.30a (3.6W per fan) and have been looking at a couple FC...

Lamptron FC5v2

30W per channel

Lamptron FC6

20W per channel

I've looked at the NZXT ones, but I'm after a blue screen (either touch-screen or dials) but a minimum of 12W per channel is ideal.

Any other ideas ?
Thanks
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post #2 of 20
You want one with fancy display or just a simple one?
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post #3 of 20
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hehe Surprise me !

Given that its a reasonable price and quality built, its all good...
I have a double 5.25' and a double 3.5 drive bay available so my options are fairly wide smile.gif
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post #4 of 20
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hehe Surprise me !

Given that its a reasonable price and quality built, its all good...
I have a double 5.25' and a double 3.5 drive bay available so my options are fairly wide smile.gif

I dont like the fancy LED display and all that crap i just like a simple one so how about the Bitfenix Hydra Pro?
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post #5 of 20
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Yea, I've seen that one as well as the NZXT Sentry Mesh (which is cheaper) lol, but it looks a little plain frown.gif
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post #6 of 20
Quote:
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Yea, I've seen that one as well as the NZXT Sentry Mesh (which is cheaper) lol, but it looks a little plain frown.gif

if it ain't broke don't fix it
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post #7 of 20
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I haven't heard that phrase in years......

True though, if it works......LEAVE IT THE HELL ALONE biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 20
I have the BitFenix Recon and the NZXT Sentry-2 one in each of my main rigs.
I do not utilize all the features of the Recon but it does look nicer than the Sentry 2.
both on auto settings.

with the fan controller running most of the fans and the mobo running the other (BIOS purposes)
the quiet hum is quite peaceful..

as for the ones listed in this thread I'm not familiar with.
I'm more or less just giving a quick review on the ones I actually have.

cheers.
post #9 of 20
Got more where those came from

If it's stupid but it works, it isn't stupid

Design flaws travel in groups

If you mess with a thing long enough, it'll break

If it stops working , force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.

It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

When all else fails, read the instructions
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post #10 of 20
I've had a Scythe Q12, NZXT Sentry Mix, Bitfenix Recon and a Lamptron FC5V2 (just bought it) and out of those I'd say the FC5V2 is the best.

The Q12 was poorly built and the knobs broke off, the Sentry Mix was also poor and looked cheap (won that one), I didn't take advantage of the Recon but felt that it was very gimmicky and it annoyed me that it cranks the fans up to full speed on boot then settles down.

Anyway onto the FC5V2 - The cables are all sleeved in black which looks nice, it has a nice brushed aluminium finish on the front, you can change the colour of the LED and you can completely turn off the fans and 30W per channel so you can run multiple fans per channel.
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