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NZXT Sentry Mix 6 Channel Fan Controller Review

By: Chad Sebring | Fan Controllers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 9:50 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: NZXT

Final Thoughts


Any way you look at it, the Sentry Mix is going to make a slick looking addition to any chassis. The voltages that I measured don't really surprise me any, I already know when "trimming" voltages there is a bit of loss to be expected as the voltage runs through all of the circuitry. On the high end, LED fans were bright as can be and running with the 11.35V it was supplying. The low end of this may leave a lot of fans not spinning at all. It is something to consider, but when I first powered the controller, some of the fans would not spin. Most fans need at least six to seven volts to operate, but as long as you know where the bottom end is, you can trim the sliders accordingly, so you don't end up with a passive cooling solution by mistake.


The unit is very sturdy, inside of the case or on the table. There isn't anything I didn't like about the Mix. The sliders are easy to use and they have a solid feel and don't "wobble" as you slide them. I like the rubber coating, as you are going to be using your fingers on this device, the rubber allows you to simply wash it with a damp cloth and forget about it. As long as you don't have oily skin, or your hand doesn't go right from the Doritos to the fan controller, the rubber finish keeps finger prints at bay as well. The option to change the LED colors behind the numbers of the fan channels is very slick. Now you aren't stuck with only blue if you have an all red and black build, or any of the five optional colors really.


It is really a shame that these aren't all over shelves already, as I would love to be able to tell you to run out and get your own. Even with this minor setback, I think NZXT has built a product that speaks for itself. While grossly overpowered by my systems needs, I wouldn't feel bad at all about using this for full control of fans in a water loop. With 50W per channel, you are going to be able to daisy chain quite a few fans before you break out of the power limitations of the Sentry Mix.


So as of right now, I advise you this much; if you have a need for a fan controller that not only looks good, but has the option to customize it to any popular color scheme today, keep the MSRP of $39.99 ready as the NZXT Sentry Mix is going to start to fill shelves soon, and I see this unit drawing quite the demand, as it is everything one would need in fan controlling these days!



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