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Vantec Nexus Multi-function Panel - Multi-function Panel?

How many times have you wished that you could just plug in that extra USB device without having to crawl around behind your system case? If this sounds like you, then come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Vantec Nexus Multi-function Panel. It offers this very capability and a whole lot more. Can it hang with the needs of an enthusiast? Lets find out!

By: | Fan Controllers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 4, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Vantec

What You Get



Before we delve into the different capabilities of this device, lets take a quick peek at just what we get when we open the box. As we sort through all the gear, we will have a bit better understanding concerning just what this thing really does.


The Panel



The panel itself is a pretty small item that is designed to fit into a standard 5.25" drive bay. It has a short length that won't get into the way of anything, so should fit into any empty space you have in your case. This will be the control point of all functions of the device.





Since we have front mounted ports, we need to have some means of getting the connection between the Nexus Panel and the system. This is accomplished by use of these shielded cables. The blocked ends of the cables go to the Nexus Panel and the other ends hook into existing ports in the system. The colored wiring on the left is for monitoring the fan speeds of the HSF fan. One set goes from the mainboard header to the Nexus Panel and the other goes from the panel to the fan. This will give you the capability of not only monitoring the fan speeds, but also let you control the fan speed by means of the central knob on the front of the panel.





You will receive three probes in the package. Each one hooks into the back of the Nexus Panel and then are secured to their appropriate locations. Though the probes are tagged, they are all the same. The tagging keeps confusion to a minimum since there are corresponding ports on the back of the panel to hook them into.


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