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Vantec Nexus Multi-function Panel - Functionality

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!

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

Functionality

 

Now that we have this thing installed into the case and have connected all the wiring and probes to the correct places, what does it do?

 

 

As we stated earlier, the Nexus Multi-function Panel gives you the ability to access I/O ports from the front of your case. Included in this are two USB ports that are both USB 2.0 compatible, and a single IEEE1394 Firewire port. Having access to this type of connectivity is really a personal thing, but I know that I always enjoy the ability to be able to add a USB device that I don't always use without having to scrounge around behind my case.

 

With regards to the USB ports, however, it would have been nice if they had connected directly to the extra USB headers on the motherboard. As they are set up, you have to feed then through an empty PCI slot access panel on the back of the case and then connect them to a pair of USB ports from there. The same goes with the Firewire connector, but I know that some motherboards don't have additional port pinouts on the motherboard, so this method is sometimes a necessary evil.

 

 

Remember those colorful wiring harnesses from before? Well here is where they come into play. Since the Nexus Panel acts as a rheobus, you will find yourself in full control of the fan speed for your processor. Gonna surf the web and write a bit? No problem; just slow the fan speed down and do so in silence. Want to head online and partake in a little recreation fragging? Crank up the speed to max and your system will be protected to its best level possible.

 

 

On the left you'll find a small LCD panel that displays your HSF fan speed and the temperature of the indicated thermal probe. To scroll through the different probes, just hit the long button on the left of the LCD display and you will do just that. Simple but effective.

 

Oh, and in case you're concerned with being able to see it in the dark, the LCD panel is backlit as well to make sure that you'll always be able to see what it wants to tell you. This can come in handy for those who enjoy case lighting and show off their rigs in a darkened room.

 

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