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NZXT Grid 10 Port Fan Hub Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

NZXT Grid 10 Port Fan Hub Review

Where to power fans can easily be an issue in any chassis build, but NZXT now offers the Grid, a 10 port fan hub to alleviate these issues.

| Fan Controllers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2013 5:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 98%      Manufacturer: NZXT

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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The Grid is comprised of four parts. There is the inner PCB that contains the power input connection, ten 3-pin fan power headers, and a pair both of LEDs and resistors. The second component is the acrylic plate that takes light from the LED's and shows it through the front of the black outer shell. This is where the last two components come into play as the two piece outer shell wraps around the PCB and get screwed together. Once completely assembled, the Grid measures 42mm wide, 56mm tall and only 17mm thick. If you chose to show it in the front of the motherboard tray, it will fit just about anywhere, and due to the thin design, most new cases with wire management offer 20mm of space, so you are good to go to hide it as well.

 

Aesthetically, you have a small black, texture plastic box, with an NZXT name on it and five angled slashes across the face that allow a place for the lighting as well. The last bit of technical information covers the power of the Grid and the 30 watt rating. This essentially leaves you with three watts per port, but will cover most case fans typically found in cases today.

 

Also included with the Grid is a pretty comprehensive bit of kit. You get a pair of 3M double-sided mounting tape to securely fasten the Grid anywhere. They send along five zip-ties too, as you will need a few to tend to this many wires connected to the hub. There is also a full set of wires that come with the Grid to allow for a few different things. There is 3-pin to 4-pin fan adapters, but the fourth wire is a blank, as the Grid has no PWM functionality, or a way to sense and report speeds. They also include wiring for two ways to power this device. You could use a Molex connector to power the unit via the male Molex to Female 3-pin adapter. If you want control of all of the fans on the Grid, there is a way to gain some control. This can be done via the female 3-pin to female 3-pin adapter that is sent along so the Grid could be connected to a fan controller.

 

News of the release of the Grid was sent out in the middle of April, and here we are now in the middle of May, and while I have my sample, there still is no stock of these units anywhere inside the US at the time of writing. For those that are interested in a ten port fan hub, NZXT did things right all that way around here. Not only is there enough power, the unit is small enough to go anywhere; it also has a really great price attached to it.

 

NZXT knows what fan controllers cost, and they also know what generic PCB fan hubs cost. With all of that knowledge in hand, they are bringing forth the Grid with an MSRP of just $11.99. While you may find a cheaper hub, it won't be this clean, and while a fan controller may have worked, good luck finding a good one at this price.

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