Lamptron has announced the arrival of a new fan controller. This fan controller, which will live under the model name FC5V3, is a fan controller with a relatively sleek design and an interesting, welcomed feature set.
For starters, the unit can control up to six channels. Each of the channels can take care of up to 30 W of power, and the voltages can be regulated all the way from 0 V up to 12 V. The most interesting part, though, is that when a user powers up the unit, it will send a 12 V burst over all six fan channels to ensure that all fans start rotating to prevent a fan startup stall. While not perfect, to an extent it does compensate for the fact that the unit is not PWM capable.
The unit is also designed to fit in a 5.25" optical drive bay, and it has a large screen. This screen will display information such as RPMs, temperatures and channel voltages. The text color can also be changed, and users will be able to choose from a total of 16 different colors. The unit will only be available in black anodized aluminum.
Lamptron expects the units to hit retail shelves by the end of this week and has priced the units at $89 MSRP.
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