NZXT Releases New GRID+ V2 Digital Fan Controller

There are several ways to control the installed fans in your system and the preferred is probably having a fan controller somewhere. If you don’t have a spare 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch drive bay for one of those externals or your opt for an internal for other reasons, then NZXT just released one that might be worth taking a closer look at. The new GRID+ V2 digital fan controller builds on the same principle as its predecessor and also comes with improvements.

The NZXT GRID+ V2 has 6 channels that can be individually controlled and supports up to 30W total output. The GRID+ V2 is compatible with the NZXT CAM software that makes control and monitoring easy. A few clicks with the mouse and you have adjusted the settings the way you want them to be. You can label the channels with something that is easy to recognize, allowing you to actually find the fans you are looking for instead of a trial and error run. The NZXT CAM software can run several profiles and also take care of the a silent operation by only speeding up the fans when the system needs it.

The new NZXT GRID+ V2 will be available in Europe starting in September for an MSRP of £19.99+VAT or €29.99+VAT.

Features

  • CAM Software Enabled
  • 6 Individually Controlled Fan Channels
  • Supports both 3-pin and 4-pin PWM fans (All controlled only by voltage)
  • Up To 30W Total Output
  • Discreet Installation
  • Voltage and Short Circuit Protection
  • 2 Included Fan Extension Cables

Overclockers UK Lists the Anidees AI-06 v2 Case Packed With More Features

Isn’t it great when manufacturers listen to feedback and adjust their products accordingly? Giving you something that you want instead of telling you want you want. And yes, it surely is. Anidees is one that did just that and they overhauled and improved on the AI-06 chassis and created the Anidees AI-06 V2 chassis.

The Anidees AI-06 V2 case has the same simplistic premium design as the first version, but it packs a lot more features and functions.

The I/O panel got a complete overhaul and now provides you with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports along with microphone and headphone jacks. Anidees also added a fan controller and an SD card reader at the same time.

The AI-06 V2 can also hold more drives now. You can add up to eight 3.5-inch hard drives in the cages and hide a 2.5-inch drive behind the motherboard tray.

Watercooling is an important factor and it was slightly overlooked in the first version that only supported on 240mm radiator. The V2 supports three 240mm radiators, one in the top, one in the front and one at the bottom of the chassis.

The version that comes with a window in the side panel got more upgrades. The windows is now tinted and 94% larger than the previous design, allowing you to see even more of the hardware you have inside.

Overclockers UK agrees that it is a great chassis and have already listed it as an option for pre-order. The price of £104.99 isn’t bad either considering that you get an amazing looking chassis packed full of features.

Cooltek Unveil GT-04 Gaming Tower

Cooltek has released their latest chassis in the Gaming Tower series and it’s another chassis packed full of features at a competitive price. The case might not look like a premium case and not be up to everyone’s taste, but one can’t argue with its features and functions.

The new midi tower chassis holds mITX to ATX motherboards and a default PS2 ATX power supplies. It comes with built-in docking station on the top that supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives, a card reader for micro-SD cards and SD cards, and it also has a built-in fan controller.

The case can hold two external 5.25-inch and one external 3.5-inch drives and internally it has room for another three 3.5-inch and three 2.5-inch drives.

The fan controller can control the front 140mm fan and rear 120mm fan just as the optional two 120mm or 140mm fans at the top.

With a side panel window, you got a great view at the built-in equipment and Cooltek also added extra vent holes near the GPU area.

You also get two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 und the obligatory HD-Audio ports that are easy to access on the top front.


The new Cooltek GT-04 has room for a graphics card with a length of up to 420mm and a CPU cooler with a maximum height of 160mm.

The GT-04 should be available in stores now for an MSRP of €54.99.

Corsair’s Super-Quiet Carbide 330R PC Case Now Available in Titanium Edition

Corsair has announced the immediate availability of the Corsair Carbide 330R Titanium Edition. The new version brings a new attractive dark gunmetal anodized aluminum front panel and a convenient 3-speed fan controller to the already popular and stylish Carbide Series 330R quiet mid-tower.

The Carbide 330R is designed to build a quiet computer with effective airflow. The Direct Airflow Path layout provides an unobstructed path between the 140mm fan and the CPU and GPU and with less restriction we get less noise. The sound levels are further reduced by the sound damped doors and panels.

The original Carbide Series 330R was reviewed by us about a year ago and highlights all the great features that this case offers. The new and improved Carbide 330R Titanium Edition PC case has an MSRP of $99.99 and should be available immediately from authorized distributors and resellers around the world. The case is backed by a two-year warranty.

Thanks to Corsair for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Corsair

Gelid SpeedTouch 6 Fan Controller Review

Introduction


Gelid are one of the leading names in the cooling market, so much so that we extensively use their Gelid Extreme thermal paste in all of our CPU cooler benchmarks for a good reason; as do many other people around the world. Gelid do much more than create thermal paste however, and today we have the Gelid SpeedTouch 6 fan controller at our disposal. The SpeedTouch 6 is designed for those who want to get a better command on their system performance, allowing you to tweak fan levels for maximum cooling performance or minimum noise, while also monitoring internal temperatures of your system components; something that can prove vital for overclocking and maintaining a stable system.

There are a fair few fan controllers on the market, so it can be quite tricky to find one that is suitable for your build. That being said, they’re often quite similar and a lot of the time it can simply boil down to aesthetic choices when you pick your fan controller. The Gelid SpeedTouch 6 does promise nice aesthetics thanks to a back-lit touch screen panel, but it’s also well equipped in general as it comes with long cables, six fan connectors, six temperature sensors and aluminium construction.

The packaging is straight forward enough, just a simple shot of the product on the front and the specifications dotted around the side and back.

In the box you’ll find all of the components needed to get the controller up and running. There are four screws for mounting the unit in an optical bay, as well as all your power cables, fan cables and thermal probes.

Corsair Graphite Series 780T Full Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Corsair are back once again with yet another flagship chassis product; the Graphite 780T. Their latest chassis is a premium grade full-tower, set to be the new king of their popular Graphite series which already has several award-winning chassis products in its range, such as the popular 600T.

We first saw this chassis at Computex 2014 earlier this year, not that we could miss it given that this chassis is certainly on the larger side. Our initial impression of the case were good, it looked stunning and packed full of features, but this week is the first time we’ve been able to get properly hands on with it and take a good long look at what it has to offer. At £150 the 780T isn’t cheap, so there’s no doubt that this is for the high-end user/enthusiast market. This means it needs to offer some pretty impressive features, build quality and a whole lot more to justify the wallet busting price tag.

As you can see from the specifications below this chassis is incredibly capable, with support for everything from tiny Mini-ITX motherboards right up to E-ATX, so even workstation motherboards will be right at home here. There is an abundance of storage bays, as well as extra dedicated 2.5″ bays, room for four radiators ranging in size from 120mm right up to 360mm, as well as plenty of room for taller CPU coolers. There are 9 expansion slots that’ll be ideal for multi-GPU configurations and with 355mm GPU support, you’ll have no trouble getting even the largest cards on the market into this chassis.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a mock-up of the chassis on the front.

Around the back you’ll find a breakdown image detailing all of the major components and the chassis specifications are on the side of the box (see above).

In the box you’ll find the chassis, which comes with protective film on the side panel, around the front panel and protective tape to hold the dust filter covers in place while in transit.

In the box you’ll also find a smaller package with all the major fitting screws and a few cable ties.

Aerocool Launches DS 200 Midi Tower With Special Insulation and Built-In Fan Controller

Aerocool has launched a new addition to its Dead Silence chassis series, the DS 200, sporting a variety of features, such as having both side-panels equipped with special insulation mats in order to reduce the noise inside the PC. In addition to the latter, the DS 200 also features an integrated fan controller as well as 0.8 mm SECC material.

The company distinguishes the DS series from the rest of the products by granting a variety of color options, having the DS 200 coming in six colors: classy black, black/white, red, orange, blue and green. It is said that all chassis options equipped with a special top-cover which can be removed and replaced by a mesh-style cover in order to boost the airflow capacity. Aerocool even offers an optional side panel window for customers who would like to show off their build.

The built-in fan controller is another interesting feature, having it be located on the topside of the chassis. It is said to support a total of 25W shared by three channels, having the fans be controlled simultaneously. The fan controller is said to have three speed options, namely low, medium and high, while also boasting the capability of stopping a fan channel when needed. The temperature is said to be displayed on the large round display, having to choose from seven color options for the display illumination. Lastly, the I/O panel is said to feature two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and HD audio and a microphone connector.

On the inside, the DS 200 is said to have enough space for even the latest hardware components, a tool-free rack for both optical and disk drives and support for the ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX. The company states that up to five 3.5″ HDDs or seven 2.5″ HDDs/SSDs can be mounted inside the case, as well as VGA cards with a length of up to 29 cm (41 cm if removing the center 3.5″ cage). When it comes to cooling, the DS 200 is said to offer support for both air and water cooling solutions, having room for big CPU cooler with a length of 17 cm as well as several pass-through openings with rubber protection located in the mainboard tray. Aerocool states that 240 or 280 mm water-cooling solutions can be mounted in the front or the top of the DS 200, having enough room for even a PSU of 22 cm in length.

In terms of noise output, the DS 200 is said to have both side panels insulated with mats, while having all the 2.5″ and 3.5″ bays as well as the PSU equipped with anti-vibration shock-proof rubber. In addition to the latter, two silent case fans are pre-equipped and ready to provide steady airflow out of the box. Aerocool has stated to also introduce the “Lite Edition” option, which includes the DS 200 with standard non-insulated side panels and comes without the center 3.5″ cage and auto-eject front-panel.

When it comes to prices, Aerocool is said to offer the entry-level DS 200 Lite Black Edition at a price of $120.90, the Black Edition at $158.90, while the Red, Orange, Black/White, Blue and Green Editions are said to all come at the same $163.90 price tag. Additionally, the DS 200 Window Panels are said to be sold separately, having a price tag of $13.00.

Images courtesy of Aerocool

Core X5 Series PC Cases Announced By Fractal Design

Fractal Design has introduced its new series of PC Cases, the Core X5, distinguishable by its intuitive and easy-to-access interior, while also providing a removable HDD cage and tray system, supporting up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ disk drives.The PC case series is made up of four different models, the 3500 / 3500W / 25000 and 1500, each offering its unique support for different user conditions.

Taking a look at the 3500/3500W, it can be seen that the cases fit a wide body ATX Mid Tower specification, having also a Windowed side panel version which allows users to display their build. It comes with either two (for the 3500) or three (for the 3500W) 140mm fans, a built-in three-step fan controller and supports either two 249mm radiators or one 280mm radiator. In terms of disk space, the 3500/3500W version can fit up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives, having the tray equipped with vibration dampening silicone grommets. For the more demanding, two additional SSD drives can be fitted behind the motherboard tray as well.

Moving on to the 2500 version, a clean and modern exterior design presents itself along with exceptional cooling and component compatibility features. The case model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan controller and support for a 280mm and 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be mounted in two hard drive cages featuring vibration dampening and an additional SSD mounting can fit one SSD drive behind the power supply position.

Last but not least, the 1500 model features an extremely compact micro ATX Mini Tower design. It delivers a clean, modern exterior along with a high feature of compatibility and cooling. The model comes with two 120mm fans, a built-in fan three speed fan controller and support for two 240mm water cooling radiators. Up to four 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drives can be fitted in trays as well in this series’ “little brother”, equipped with vibration dampening features, with an additional SSD tray placed behind the power supply position.

When it comes to pricing, the 3500 can be found at a price tag of $79.99 / €69.99 / £59.99 while the 3500W comes with a price tag of $89.99 / €79.99 / £69.99. The other models, 2500 and 1500, can be found at a price tag of $59.99 / €49.99 / £44.99 and $59.90 / €49.99 / £44.99 respectively.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

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CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R Fan Controllers Released By Aerocool

Aerocool Advanced Technologies announced two new single-bay fan controller CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R. Both are said to use a touch-panel, hence allowing users to directly interact with the display to make adjustments and changes more naturally. The back side of the CoolTouch fan controller can support up to four case fans, while all important information are presented well sorted on the display in the front. To match most on-market PC chassis, CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R are available in both black and white edition colors.

All interactions with the new CoolTouch fan controller seem to be handled by pressing on the designated area on the touch-screen. Users are also able to change the background-color of the LCD touch-panel anytime by pressing the “color” button. Both CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R report to offer various background colors: red, green, yellow, blue, light blue, purple and white.

The CoolTouch-E is equipped with a big 100 x 25 mm display, which covers most of the fan controller’s front panel. Each of the four case fan channels can be controlled individually by choosing the preferred channel and then adjusting the fan speed in steps between 0, 50, 75 and 100 percent, while each channel supports fans with a consumption of up to 20 watts. The CoolTouch-E indicates weather a fan is spinning or not and allows users to stop fans by pressing the power button. All common types of fan connectors are supported by the CoolTouch series, including the standard 3-pin and 4-Pin PWM as well as 4-pin Molex connectors.

The Aerocool CoolTouch-R uses a slightly smaller 85 x 25 mm LCD display with touch-support and is said to offer additional functions. Besides the four case fan channels, one temperature sensor has been integrated, allowing users to monitor the temperature of the CPU Cooler, HDD, Chipset, VGA card or the temperature inside the chassis. The sensor can be placed anywhere inside the PC chassis using the supplied adhesive stickers, having temperatures display both in Celsius and Fahrenheit formats. It also provides a built-in card-reader and the USB 3.0 port, located on the right side of the panel, supporting most common storage media types such as SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/RS MMC and miniSD are supported by the card reader.

Both the Aerocool CoolTouch-E and CoolTouch-R are available in-stores at an estimated price of 24,50 EUR and respectively 32,50 EUR

Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction


It’s been an absolute age since we took a look at a Cooler Master power supply and since I’ve been reviewing power supplies I’ve yet to come across one. However, today we have quite an exciting power supply from Cooler Master that will probably get any enthusiast really excited. The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W PSU is just jam-packed full of features such as a FULLY modular design, an integrated fan controller, 80 Plus Gold certification, a passive fan mode up to 20% load and a beautiful aluminium finish around the fan grille which just compliments the textured black finish beautifully. As you can probably tell I am a fan of this power supply’s design but the real test will have to be how it performs in our tests.

The Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 850W is part of Cooler Master’s extensive Silent Pro series which includes the Silent Pro Gold, Silent Pro M, Silent Pro M2 and of course the Silent Pro Hybrid. Cooler Master’s choice of OEM producer for this particular is Enhance but Cooler Master have extensively modified these PSUs to meet the things they expect such as Silence, aesthetics and just generally quality of finish. Without any further ado let us proceed through this review.

Phobya MaxGuide 6 Dualbay Fan Controller Review

Fan controllers are products that we are definitely getting a lot more into these days having already taken a look at Phobya’s Touch 6 and Lamptron’s CW611. Today we are taking a look at another fan controller from Phobya’s range of fan controllers and we have their newly released MaxGuide 6 Dual (5.25″) Bay fan controller. Like a lot of fan controllers that are available on the market today the Phobya MaxGuide 6 Dual Bay fan controller is manufactured by Sunshine Tipway Electronics (STW for short) and resold by Phobya in the UK, North American and European markets. This particular Phobya fan controller is based on the STW-6048 while the Phobya Touch 6 we looked at was based on the STW-6050 and as far as I am aware the NZXT Sentry Mesh is based off the STW-6051 (but I may be wrong, though the resemblance is striking).

In most cases companies will just take these Chinese built and manufactured units, rebrand them and then add on a margin for themselves. However, Phobya are more or less offering them for the same price it would cost the consumer/user to import it from China, and you have the peace of mind that it comes with a Phobya warranty. For this I respect Phobya but it was necessary to bring it to your attention and this is something consumers should be aware of – that is where and how your goods are made.

In terms of specifications you can find those here on the STW website or here on the Aquatuning website (who sell the EU/UK/NA version that you and I are likely to buy). The main features about this fan controller are that it has 6 channels support 36W each, multiple card readers (CF/SD/MMC/MS/M2/TF), a USB 3.0 port, a 3.7 inch LCD display and a fully metal construction. Without any further ado let us move through and take a closer look at this unit.

Phobya Touch 6 Fan Controller Review

Phobya are starting to become a bit of a big player these days with products spanning a wide range of categories at a variety of different market segmentations. A while back we took a look at a trio of Phobya 120mm fans and we definitely encourage you to check that review out as we were pretty darn impressed with two out of the three fans. Today we are taking a look at our first Phobya fan controller, the Phobya Touch 6 which is a six channel fan controller that features only one input which is the 4.5 inch touch screen. This fan controller is made by Sunshine Tipway Electronics (STW for short) and is based off the STW-6050. Other than the fancy looking display this is a pretty standard 5.25 inch drive bay fan controller that supports fans at 5-12 volts with up to 30W of power per channel.

Furthermore it supports voltage control of any three or four pin devices, including pumps, and it supports temperature sensors too. Though it is not as advanced as some fan controllers in the sense that you cannot have advanced temperature fan responses. The Phobya Touch 6 does supports these but only in automatic mode and the threshold is essentially a binary function of: X fan speed below Y temperature OR 100% fan speed above Y temperature. Anyway before I get dragged into too many more specifics let us move onto the rest of this review and take a closer look at Phobya’s Touch 6 fan controller.

Lamptron FC5V3 Six Channel Fan Controller Review

Announced just a few days ago we have managed to get our hands on a review sample of the latest Lamptron fan controller, the newly released FC5V3. This latest product from Lamptron is their second fan controller release in quick succession, the previous release was the CW611 which we reviewed here. This fan controller from Lamptron features 6 channels and wide LCD display in a 5.25 inch form factor. The rest of the key specifications can be seen below:

  • 6 channels
  • 30 W per channel
  • New wide LCD display
  • 16 colors to personalize the display
  • Start boost voltage
  • Commands on the front
  • 3 different alarm modes
  • Sleeved cables
  • Black PCB
  • CNC milled aluminium face-plate
  • MSRP $89.99 including VAT

Unlike the CW611 this new fan controller from Lamptron is mainly targeted at traditional “fan” users not water cooling enthusiasts, though you will be able to still control 3 pin pumps through this fan controller providing they operate between 0 and 12 volts. The main nifty feature of the FC5V3 is the ability to choose between 16 font colours for the LCD display which allows you to customise your builds more and match the fan controller to the main colour theme. In addition to that this fan controller introduces Lamptron’s Start Boost feature which ensures that when resuming your PC from sleep or turning it on the fans are able to start by starting them at 12 volts for 3 seconds before dropping the voltage back down to the user set level.

You can get more details about Lamptron’s FC5V3 at the product page here.

Lamptron Unveil FC5V3 Fan Controller

Review Available Here.

Lamptron has really been stepping up their game recently producing fan controllers at a quicker than usual rate. Their most recent fan controller was the Lamptron CW611 which we reviewed here but today we have been informed of a new product release by Lamptron, the FC5V3 fan controller.

As the images suggest this unit uses a wide screen LCD display in the 5.25 inch form factor. Furthermore we have six channels supporting up to 30W each fed by fully sleeved fan cables.

The main new feature though is the ability to choose between 16 colours on the LCD display to personalise your rig. The CNC milled aluminium face plate also tops off the rather awesome looking design.Lamptron have provided a “start boost” voltage that ensures all fans start at 12 volts when turned on before dropping down to their designated speed which you can choose via the kn0bs. This is to account for fans that have trouble starting and maintaining at low voltages. There are also 3 different alarm modes on the FC5V3 and I assume one of this is an off mode in case you aren’t really a fan of fan alarms.

The Lamptron FC5V3 will have an MSPR of $89 USD including VAT and should be available in some stores by the end of this week and most by the end of next week. We should definitely have a review for you guys soon.

  • 6 channels
  • 30 W per channel
  • New wide LCD display
  • 16 colors to personalize the display
  • Start boost voltage
  • Commands on the front
  • 3 different alarm modes
  • Sleeved cables
  • Black PCB
  • CNC milled aluminium face-plate

Images courtesy of Lamptron

Review Available Here.

Lamptron CW611 Watercooling Fan Controller Review

Within the PC market fan controllers are a very niche product, and certainly the majority of users will never need them. Yet there is still a very strong demand for high quality fan controllers among the PC enthusiast community, particular those who have a lot of fans, who often also engage in water cooling. As a result of fan controllers being a niche market there aren’t many companies that sell fan controllers as their specialty. Indeed case manufacturers like BitFenix and Fractal design produce some fan controllers because they are accessories to their main products, PC cases. And recently we have started seeing some case manufacturers integrated quite basic and primitive fan controllers into the design of the case with “low/medium/high” switches or dials for up to 5 or 6 case fans. Yet if you are “serious” about your system, fans and cooling, those are very often not good enough.

This is where companies like Lamptron come in. Lamptron specialise in fan controllers and are known throughout the entire industry for producing some of the best fan controllers in the business. You might think that there isn’t much to a fan controller, but Lamptron have shown otherwise demonstrating the versatility of fan controllers and cram a lot of features into what is a theoretically simple device. Today we have a fan controller from Lamptron that takes fan controllers to a whole new level. The Lamptron CW611 (very catchy name I hear you say) is a fan controller that is capable of controlling fans and pumps, as well as monitor fan speeds, pump speeds and flow rates from flow meters. This makes the CW611 an ideal solution for someone looking to take control of every part of their water cooled system and do it all in one place.

The Lamptron CW611 was expected to reach the market in late March but due to Lamptron swapping the LCD display out for a better LCD panel the CW611 was delayed until early May. Now early May has passed, the CW611 is now in stores and you can buy it for around $89.99/€69.99 – a heck of a lot for a fan controller  – and we want to find out is whether the CW611 justifies that price by putting it to the test. Anyway, without any further ado let’s proceed through this review!