As mentioned earlier, many manufacturers are going out of their way to come up with something that sets their product apart from the rest. We have seen any number of innovative additions to handle this task, but this is the first LCD model we have had the luxury of testing. Oh, we aren't talking about just a little LCD panel built into the side of the main housing here, but a separate module that is fitted into an empty optical drive bay.
As far as capabilities, the display shows a rating of the currently used wattage along with a load level given in a percentage format, the internal temperature of the power supply, the fan speed, and a breakdown of power usage along most of the power rails (in amps). This can tell you at a glance just how much power you are using and where your PSU stands in its ability to continue to give you the power you need. Not bad!
Turning the display around shows us the means of connecting it to the power supply and your system. The only slots you will need to worry about are the two on the left and the one on the far right. The two on the left are attached to the appropriate cabling that comes from the power supply while the one on the right is used to connect the monitoring device to your motherboard by means of an internal USB port. This is also why you will need a driver disk for the power supply; the monitoring device built in is not natively supported by either WinXP or Vista.
The two remaining ports should be ignored as they are used for initial programming of the device at the factory and will not be utilized when in use.
As a side note, when I first received this device for testing, there were only drivers for operating systems up to WinXP. This has now been rectified and Vista drivers are available from the AcBel website for those who have already made the switch to Microsoft's latest OS.
Above shows a quick shot of the display in dark conditions while the system is idling. The backlighting is a constant color and there is no option to change this. The AcBel logo to the right is a bit brighter and changes color while the system is running. To save on the LCD life, the display panel will darken when no input has been received for five minutes. If you need to monitor, just hit a function button and the display will immediately come back to life.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Join the 'Suicide Squad' in our Blu-ray giveaway
- Netflix will double original show content in 2017
- Nashville moves to dismiss Comcast anti-Fiber lawsuit
- Amazon Go: Grocery shopping with no cash, no lines
- The Last of US 2 being co-written by Westworld writer
- Strontium iDrive Nitro Lightning 64GB Card Reader Review
- Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z170 Fan control & PWM issue
- Gigabyte gaming 5 z170mx cant enable raid need help
- ASUS UX305UA - time till boot starts varies a lot
- Ga z170m d3h ddr3-cf seek bios non-k_oc and kaby_support
- Micron accelerates adoption of all-flash data centers with highest-capacity enterprise SATA Solid State Drive
- ENERMAX launches REVOLUTION SFX, with the highest wattage 650W full modular SFX Model in standard 100mm depth
- Intel Extreme Masters Season 11 finals confirmed for two weekends in March with more than $600,000 in prizing
- Ultimate Media Ventures teams up with The Coalition for sanctioned December 18 Gears Of War 4 Pro-Am eSports Battle On The Strip Event
- Thecus introduces Scale-Out architecture to meet rising enterprise storage demand