Originally Posted by war4peace
I consider the Aquaero 6 the best controller currently available
It is unfortunately the ONLY external+autonomous(ish) controller currently available ^^
I will be my usual level of frank and admit that personally at least? Disappointed with it.
1) The construction quality is O.K. Not good, definitely nothing to write home about, just.. O.K. A lot of money for "just O.K". Sandwitching PCB parts like that.. and sure, yeah, "it works".
2) It takes forever for it to get started, you get mobo alarms due to no signal detection. Yes yes, i know, you can disable the most basic and central security function EVER and run your PC just "fine".. seriously folks?
Have it start instantly and when it's capable, yes, let it moderate the pulse; at a later time. But it needs to start instantly or close enough; in its current state.. just..
3) For that kind of money, i was expecting proper pulse moderation.. not stating the output "power", except hey, you're under "PWM" supposedly! Rather, to be able to input a selectable, actual RPM range you wanted that the controller would then try and achieve per fan. That
's how it's meant to go. This thing doesn't do that, lol, but still costs 200 euro.. nice.. Pulse moderation is when you ask for 2200 and you get 2200, because that's what you asked for. NOT when you select a power range under PWM control and the Aquaero gives the revolutions it amounts to; it being why of course you can't even have just two fans operating at the exact same revolutions unless they're individually plugged... so no "up to 19384652 fans", not really. More like up to 4 fans period; one, per channel. So there's a huge difference between what it's hyped as being capable of doing, and HOW it is doing it in practice.
And yet.. praised.. overclock.net eXXXtreme manchildren at their usual finest.
Is it a must? For someone needing to run many fans, maybe. Cheaper and equally NON-accurate to buy an 11euro XSPC PWM fan hub, lol, run it from your mobo. Is it anyway near what people here make it out to be? Hell no.
Of course, it's why i use this language.. what else would one expect from people making custom Delta tables for fun.. sure i guess
But this is not how true pulse moderation works. It's a bleeding shame that all my reading aside? I had to buy one before learning it actually does nothing like that and its advertising be damned.
Go ask what PWM is and what it offers, then compare that to what AQ does. Then come back to me.
(what Aquaero does do that i appreciate, is its being capable of controlling multiple sub-devices; that at least has potential, assuming one needed any of them, but.. it says PWM controller on the box and PWM control it does not. Not really, not technically)
((so why gosh darnit did not a single person here state this huh... /rhetorical))