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I have a new episode for the History Channel series "Engineering Disasters".

SON OF A B!TCH!!!

I am so lucky I have a G15 keyboard and was running the program I made to monitor temperatures, because my Scythe Kama Meter failed (under only 0.7A, spread out across 4 channels!). I noticed the CPU temperature increasing drastically but couldn't figure out why, and since my fans are all Silenx I can't hear them when they're on so I didn't notice them go off. I decided to check what SpeedFan had to say about my HDD temperatures to see if it was going haywire like the CPU temperatures, and sure enough they were already at 45 degrees C! I quickly looked down at my case and noticed no blue LEDs, and realized that my fan controller had died on me.

Honestly, it weren't for my G15 keyboard I would have a nice system failure to try to figure out, and I would be lucky if it didn't cause any damage. As a reference, with my Silverstone CFP51-B bay, I typically have temperatures around 35 degrees C, and with my recent modifications I have it down to 33 degrees C, so these HDDs were essentially on fire!

I have already got the RMA packaged and ready to go. I'm getting a refund from newegg so I can buy a different fan controller, since this one obviously can't handle even the slightest loads.

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Ouch, that sucks. Which are you going to get this time?
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Ouch, that sucks. Which are you going to get this time?
I used to have the AeroCool GateWatch, which explicitly said 20.4W per fan channel and I never had any problems with it. However, I do not want to sacrifice two bays so I think I am going with power and simplicity this time, so one of these two:
Thermaltake X-Controller: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16811999137
Vantec Nexus 205: http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813999504

I like the fact that the Nexus has 18W per fan channel, but the X-Controller can go all the way down to 6.5V, which isn't much of a difference. I'm leaning heavily towards the Vantec Nexus 205.
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What do you need fan controllers for when you have SilenX fans?
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What do you need fan controllers for when you have SilenX fans?
Because I can. If it were possible to hook multiple Silenx fans up to one channel I could hook my CPU fan to the front as well, which I do want to control because it can get up to 35 dBA.
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I have made a hardware review of this:
http://www.overclock.net/hardware/sh...hp?product=538

I encourage you all to read it and then not purchase it!

On a side note, I now have 9 hardware reviews!
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