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I got a defective version of the FC2. I wish I didn't have to warm up the thing for my fans to stop whining, but I would still buy Lamptron. As far as Fan Controllers go, you can't get much better.
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post #12 of 46
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I got a defective version of the FC2. I wish I didn't have to warm up the thing for my fans to stop whining, but I would still buy Lamptron. As far as Fan Controllers go, you can't get much better.
My Lamptron fc5 has issues too but it's still amazing. I've noticed that as a bit of a trend even those who have some issues with them usually still love them.
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don't like those crap LEDs, spoils the whole classy look
Clearly you didn't read the article. On the first page:

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This means that each channel offers 8 different LED colors. (White, Blue, Green, Cyan, Red, Purple, Yellow, & Off/No color)
Hint: the last option.

This looks pretty good, its certainly got to be at the top of my list of fan controllers. If I have some spare cash in future I may pick one up
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I just read the first line and I LOL'd at them. They've been here for a while now.

Edit - I prefer the touch over this in some cases because of the brushed look. If I get a brushed aluminum case (at least a front panel that matches), I get the touch. If I get powdercoating (which would be custom) or just anodized, I'm getting the FC8.
Edited by HybridCore - 2/22/11 at 5:11am
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Clearly you didn't read the article. On the first page:



Hint: the last option.

This looks pretty good, its certainly got to be at the top of my list of fan controllers. If I have some spare cash in future I may pick one up
I bet it would be great for Dual Rad setups. You can't have enough wattage and connections for some of those custom WC solutions.

I could just imagine 15 or 16 Gentle Typhoons hooked up to one of these things.
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don't like those crap LEDs, spoils the whole classy look
You can turn them off. That's even stated in the review.
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I got a defective version of the FC2. I wish I didn't have to warm up the thing for my fans to stop whining, but I would still buy Lamptron. As far as Fan Controllers go, you can't get much better.
I have the original FC2 which has this issue; trust me, this controller does not.
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I bet it would be great for Dual Rad setups. You can't have enough wattage and connections for some of those custom WC solutions.

I could just imagine 15 or 16 Gentle Typhoons hooked up to one of these things.
16 GT's wouldn't even make this guy shed a tear. GT's are surprisingly low power.
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just got the lamptron fc5v2 yesterday and it's awesome. thumbs up to lamptron products for sure.
I just ordered the FC6 Gotta love their styling
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You can turn them off. That's even stated in the review.

I have the original FC2 which has this issue; trust me, this controller does not.

16 GT's wouldn't even make this guy shed a tear. GT's are surprisingly low power.
Awesome, ya the FC 2 could handle 16 GTs. When you said this FC-8 had even more wattage I was like DAAANG.
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Awesome, ya the FC 2 could handle 16 GTs. When you said this FC-8 had even more wattage I was like DAAANG.
Well both controllers are pretty much unmatched in their price brackets and what they can do.

The FC-2 revision that is out now (which I also own) is a great controller. Pretty much Lamptron's whole line up is solid. The Hummer & "Fan-Atic" are not so much. I have yet to use the FC1; though I suspect it's a good little controller.

The big issue with the Hummer is it only has 2 settings; On & Off. So there's not really a whole lot of control with it.
The big issue with the "Fan-Atic" is the 5v setting for it has a pretty large voltage droop which may prevent fans from starting.

Both of those controllers are voltage based though. Not a PWM design like the FC Line.
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Well both controllers are pretty much unmatched in their price brackets and what they can do.

The FC-2 revision that is out now (which I also own) is a great controller. Pretty much Lamptron's whole line up is solid. The Hummer & "Fan-Atic" are not so much. I have yet to use the FC1; though I suspect it's a good little controller.

The big issue with the Hummer is it only has 2 settings; On & Off. So there's not really a whole lot of control with it.
The big issue with the "Fan-Atic" is the 5v setting for it has a pretty large voltage droop which may prevent fans from starting.

Both of those controllers are voltage based though. Not a PWM design like the FC Line.
I was interested in getting the Fan-Atic because it is simple. I only operate my fans at the lowest voltage and at 12v anyway. But if the low voltages switch is too low it would be useless if you had fans that wouldn't start at that speed.

The rev. 1 FC-2, I have to warm up to spin my 38mm Panaflo 2150RPMs. If I could just hit a switch from low to high I would love it becasue I have to spend about 30 seconds to dial in the right noise to sound ratio with the FC-2.

I don't really understand why Lamptron is one of the only quality Fan controller companies out there. Everything else is pretty much crap and it seems like a fan controller is one of the most niche' enthusiast products.

Enthusiasts tend to be loyal, quality minded customers who will do anything to get a certain level of quality. So there is a much larger market out their for these type of quality fan controllers.
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