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I thought I was ready to pull the trigger and buy a Lamptron FC5V3 but the price of $99 is a bit much so I have looked at the others linked below.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_48&products_id=37182
A video review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FRl9-8L6DA

And this one http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_48&products_id=37738&zenid=268adacc0ab169ff8d298662b51e1aea

Looking for thoughts on what is the best bang for the buck
post #2 of 74
Best bang for the bucks is the CW611.

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post #3 of 74
Look at the Aquaero 5 LT, $70 USD's and with the Aqua Suite software gives you a lot of options.
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It really depends on what you want to be able to do with the fan controller. You're posting in the water cooling forum so many here will have a tendency to suggest controllers that have extra features / capabilities related to that, but the fan controllers you linked are run-o-the-mill low-end controllers suitable for handling a modest amount of fans only. The only thing we have to go on is that $100 seems a bit much to you.

- What case will this be used in?
- How many fans and what, if any, rads will you be using?
- Are you just wanting to be able to manually control a few fans / channels, or do you want to be able to setup automatic control based on air &/or water temps?
- How important is looks or features like a touch screen, or would you be ok with a pcb-type controller that is software-based and has no screen at all?
- Are you interested in any other features / capabilities?
post #5 of 74
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Originally Posted by PepeLapiu View Post

Best bang for the bucks is the CW611.

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This. If I was in the market for a new fan controller right now, a Lapmtron CW611 would be my pick. I currently have the Lamptron Fan Controller Touch and have no complaints at all.
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post #6 of 74
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I will run 6-10 fans none are power hungry and 2 led strips to start with and depending on power output my ALPHACOOL D5 variable speed pump.
After reading a long thread on this forum the G SHAMS is out in my book.

4- 6 channels would be best.

I posted in WC area due to the experience level of most in this area and I run a custom loop.

$100 could be increased if required to get a quality part that will work as intended.

Touch controllers are possible but I like the look and feel of a quality potentiometer

Temperature readings of several points will be required and fans will be manually set.
Edited by giltyler - 4/10/14 at 6:46pm
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Sounds like the Lamptron CW611 is probably your best option then. It has everything you just described.
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post #8 of 74
The CW611 has the ability to control your D5 and that is a big bonus, even it your pump is a Vario model.

The Vario pumps undervolt to control speed, so they will get hotter as you reduce the speed. And that heat gets dumped into your loop.
But if you control it with your controller, it won't run as hot, and will dump less heat into your loop.

And the CW611 is a voltage controller, not a power modulater like the Lamptron Touch.
So it will reduce voltage, just like a potensiometer controller would do, but with much less heating up.

I don't know how the CW reduces voltage without creating a ton of heat, but it does it.
A mystery wrapped in an enigma, rolled into a secret!

Here are the things I don't like about it:

- Minimum threshold temp set to 25° C minimum. Not a good idea at all. What were you smokin' Lamptron guys? But if you have a dT of 7° C or more (water around 27° C or more) that won't be a issue for you.
- Turn knob glitchy. You'll see what I mean after 2-3 minutes of use. Not a big deal, just a bit annoying is all.
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post #9 of 74
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The CW611 looks to have everything I need in one package so it will be a contender for sure.

Anyone have thoughts on the PHOBYA controller I linked?? they state it is a fan/pump controller.
I have all PHOBYA rotary compression fittings in my loop along with their 200mm radiator and I have had no trouble with any of those parts
post #10 of 74
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Originally Posted by morencyam View Post

I currently have the Lamptron Fan Controller Touch and have no complaints at all.
I has a Touch, very good controller, until it died.
Apparently you can't run 40W of fans on a 30W channel.....go figure that one out!?! rolleyes.gif
But I'm glad I burned it up, cuz that made me buy the CW611. And tho the Touch is great, the CW611is far better.
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