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    NZXT Sentry LXE Fan Controller Review

    Today, we have a fan controller from NZXT, the Sentry LXE. The Sentry LXE is a touchscreen controller that's very easy on the eyes, but is it all looks? I'll be putting the Sentry LXE to the test with some high-power fans to see if this controller can perform outside...

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    Hey hey! Nice review!!!!

    Its a shame that sample showed those issues, still looks pretty neat. More power /channel would certainly help broaden the market a little bit to the enthusiast level who tend to use more powerful fans eclipsing the 10W mark.

    Great job man!

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    If I was building a pretty system I'd get one of these. It's definitely the coolest looking fan controller I've seen. Most of the time, I choose function over looks though with computer parts, so I'd have to take a controller that can handle some screamers!

    Nice review though! Definitely covered all the bases and more.

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    Thanks guys.

    If anyone has any questions or can think of something I forgot about, then please let me know and I'll post what feedback I can.
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    The second minor issue, more of an annoyance really, is that whenever the fan controller is turned on, all the fans spin at max speed then slowly wind down to the set speed.
    Matt, I think this is by design, cause if the fan was set on low speed or low voltage, certain fan will not start at that low setting when powered on with that level, thats why they implemented the "kick start" mechanism to boost them at higher speed on the 1st time.

    Now, probably the "kick start" period is too long that makes it quite annoying, its subjective though, how long does it take for that speed up process ?

    Anyway, very nice review, thanks !

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    Yeah, some fans have a higher start up voltage than minimum operating voltage. So, you're probably right about the "kick start" mechanism.

    Of course, the time it takes to spin down to whatever speed is set depends on how low you have them set. I had them set around 1500 RPM, so it would take about 45 seconds for the fans to reach their set speed from 3100 RPM at start up. The fans slowly decrease in speed by 100 RPM every 3-4 seconds or so.

    I could just be used to my FC5V2, which doesn't have a "kick start" mechanism.
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    Great review,Matt!

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    Added an author update to the article as NZXT sent over another sample since the first one was probably defective. Turns out that was the case, so the product has now received an "Approved" rating from Mattno55s.

    Thanks for putting in the extra work to test the second sample Matt!


    UPDATE [1:30 p.m. - June 20, 2011]:Since this NZXT Sentry LXE review was written, we have had the chance to test another sample of the fan controller. NZXT was certain we received a defective unit and sent us another sample to be sure that's all it was and nothing more serious that may need addressed. Over the past week or so I've done 10-20 on/off cycles per day with the new Sentry LXE, and after over ~100 on/off cycles, I could not reproduce what I was seeing with the first sample. There will always be a small percentage of defective products from any manufacturer making any product, and we were one of those unlucky people to receive a defective product. Since the only real issue with this controller was the effect of a defective product, the Sentry LXE can now wear the Overclockers.com stamp of approval!


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    No problem, thanks for adding the update for me

    Now you just gotta learn my forum name
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    Setting the Temperature

    What I would like to know is can I set the temperature for each fan in automatic mode?

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