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I plan on getting an antec 1200 with my i7 build in the near future although I would rather have a better fan controller that the ones stuck on the back of the case.

I was looking at either:

NZXT Sentry LX

Zalman ZM-MFC2

Scythe Kaze Master Ace

Which is best for me? I can control the top fan and a back one with the fan controller built into the back of the case I guess which allows me to use 4 socket. 6 Socket would be best although only if its any good.
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post #2 of 20
That first one looks sick! I would go with that if money isn't a problem. It has 5 fan controller and temp probes. Also it can take 4w per channel... thats probably enough.
I have the sunbeam rheobus. Its black and has 6 channels, with up to 30w each channel. (i think) It's small and has knobs with a nice clicking noise when you turn them on and they light up with how fast you have them going! It also comes in silver if you would like.

http://www.petrastechshop.com/5surhexfansp1.html
Edited by NewAtOCing - 12/20/08 at 8:22am
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post #3 of 20
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That first one looks sick! I would go with that if money isn't a problem. It has 5 fan controller and temp probes. Also it can take 4w per channel... thats a lot.

I have the sunbeam rheobus. Its black and has 6 channels, with up to 30w each channel. (i think) It's small and has knobs with a nice clicking noise when you turn them on and they light up with how fast you have them going! It also comes in silver if you would like.

http://www.petrastechshop.com/5surhexfansp1.html
2nded. I have the Scythe Kaze Master, but prefer the Rheobus.
    
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post #4 of 20
Hi.

Nice choices you have there.

Of the 3 that you listed I would go with the Zalman. But in reality (imho) any one of those would do the trick for you. I prefer the Zalman as it (like the Scythe) takes up only one bay.

I take it that you want some visual indicators for temp and rpm? If that is not a necessity and you are open to suggestions, then the Zalman MFC-1 Plus is a 6-channel controller that works quite well.

Also, if you are concerned about wattage, then perhaps take a look at the Sunbeam Rheobus. Although the fit and finish is not as elegant as the items that you posted, it is a tried-and-true controller that delivers ample power to each channel so that your fans can spin closer to their full potential.
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post #5 of 20
Zalman because is does not take as much space as the first one.
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post #6 of 20
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Well my system fan at the back of my lian-li at the moment is an ADDA 120mm which has:

DC ... 12 V (solid line above the dots also)

does this mean a fan controller on max would still not power it to its full potential and yes a digital display would be nice.
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post #7 of 20
Well the first has 4w per channel and V x A = W so if your on a 12v rail each fan could be up to .33a, which is enough. The most ive ever seen a fan use is .25a

But on the otherhand the sunbeam can do 30w per channel which is 2.5a per channel. That means you could use splitters if you ever needed to control more fans at once.
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post #8 of 20
best fan controller is the one that does the job you want it to do!!!

this is what i use.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.9264
post #9 of 20
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Its a 12v 0.24a fan so it should work fine on all of them?

I will probably get the Scythe as it does the job well and looks good too although how easy would it be to get the sunbeam rheobus and remove the blue leds and replace with red ones?
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post #10 of 20
The Scythe is the best one out of all three... I have owned both the NZXT and the Zalman, and I currently use the Kazemaster, which is the previous mode of the Master Ace...

Both NZXT and Zalman screens look very nice, but its viewing angle is terrible... if your computer case is set on the ground, then you'll see nothing but backlighting... other than that, they have a ton of features, but personally, I find that they are cool for the first couple days, then you never use them again...
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