Hi, i'm after some advice on which products to use as a Fan Controller. 3rd Time lucky post, I already managed to post in the PSU and the Digital camera forum
I have an Antec 300, with 2 extra Antec 120mm Fans. One is in the side panel and one is in the top HDD slot covering 1 Seagate 500mb drive.
I have no reliable temp checking, my aftermarket CPU cooler is a bit of a cheapy Arctic Cooling 64 (Went overbudget on the build, so saved a bit on that!)
I'm starting to regret that decision now, especially as i have 2 components that are known to run hot:
Powercolor Radeon 4850 512gb - this is the slightly overclocked retail version that has inadequete cooling hence the extra fan on the side panel
AMD Phenom Agena 9500 2.2Gz Quad - Bargain buy at £50 could not really resist! Again this is a component known to run hot, and i will be compounding this by OCing to 2.4 when i find a good temp probe.
What i would like is a 5.25 bay panel that runs temp probes to HDD, CPU and GPU, along with some sort of hub that allows me to run all 4 main case fans (2 pre installed 2 aftermarket) from one Molex pin. All the cases are 4 pin, all have speed controllers with 3 settings. If i was being picky I'd say £30 max (aka $45) with Blue LED display
Any suggestions appreciated.
Additionally, one thing a bout the 300 that puzzles me. I hear it said that one input and one output is best for airflow when it comes to optimum case cooling. However, as standard the 300 has the 2 stock fans in the top-rear that exhaust hot air, while also pulling out air through the PSU mounted in the bottom-rear.
Does this impair cooling at all?
The nzxt can control up to 5 fan on AUTO or MANUEL mode.
The Zalman can control 4 fans (3 3pin and 1 4pin pwm) but no auto mode.
Zalman also come whit a usefull POWER meter that show you the WATT usage off your FULL system ( i had read that its inacurate but, helpfull info to know BTW)
I better like the NZXT but it take 2 slot vs Zalman only one slot. the 2 come whit Temp probe, all working well. The NZXT use its probe to vary Fan speed on auto mode but i prefer Manuel. I currently run those 2 Controler whit ALL fan connected and they work great. Giving me a chance to listen a Move in a quiet atmosfere or Play game whit NICE temp.
My choice, NZXT ! but the zalman is NICE to.
You can still buy a standard one wIthout display and mechanical switch.