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Rheobus Round Up - Thermaltake Hardcano 8

With case modding becoming the way of the future, several manufacturers have come up with retail Rheobus units to meet the high demands of the enthusiast. What used to be a DIY (Do It Yourself) modification has now become a monstrously successful product line of its own. But how can we tell what works and what doesn't? To help answer this question, we'll be joining Shawn "Toxic" Baker as he takes a look at five of the most popular brands currently on the market. After all, its YOUR hard earned money that we're talking about here!

| Fan Controllers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 4, 2003 5:00 am

Thermaltake Hardcano 8

 

I have had the opportunity to have a look at the Hardcano 8 before, and I must say that I wasn't very impressed with it. This time around I have had a much better look and I still find myself coming to the same conclusion, it's just not very good quality. The features list as follows:

 

- Adjust case fan manually

 

- Aluminum "U" type housing

 

- 4-channel VR adjustable knob

 

The Hardcano 8 and the Nexus are two of the most widespread Rheobus' on the market but with the formers lack of features, it really makes it an easy decision which one to buy when you come to spend your hard earned cash. The lack of LED's and inclusion of plastic knobs bring the build quality of this device right down. Another problem with the Hardcano 8 is that you need to give power to each device. As you can see in the picture, you have to plug in a power lead and the fan, so instead of five cords (like a standard Rheobus), you now end up with eight. It may be that this is how the Hardcano got the 8 at the end of its name.

 

 

 

At first glance the Hardcano 8 doesn't look too bad with a blue coloring that stands out quite well. Then again, thinking about it you realize that it will probably not suit your case very well by standing out too much and draw attention to the one spot. The addition of some LED's would have been quite nice, as they do add that little bit extra to your case. On top of all this is the fact that I broke two of the knobs by just simply turning them, didn't help me believe in this product. Metal knobs would have been enough to keep me happy as the plastic is cheap and, as I found out, breaks quite easily.

 

Once installed, it really doesn't give that nice professional finish off like the other Rheobus', so I would personally have trouble recommending this to anyone. Of course, this is the cheapest Rheobus out of the lot priced at around AU$35 and really does lead me to believe that you do get what you pay for. The build qualities of all the other ones are exceptional and it does make a big difference if you are going to use it a lot. Some people may only adjust once a week, others may find them self-adjusting it a few times a day.

 

The package is quite nice and follows the same theme as the other Hardcano series. Included are all the necessary items to install it into your case, but if you find that you break the knobs as easily as I did, you may not have much use for all the screws, etc. My final thoughts on the Hardcano 8 are the same as they where when I looked at it previously, it is honestly a waste of money and I would find it difficult to suggest this to anyone. Saying this, however, I do feel differently on the other Hardcano's such as the 6 and 7 models where I feel that they do what there supposed to very well. I personally feel that this unit was just not destined to be great with the corners Thermaltake cut when making it.

 

 

 

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