What You Get
Though the package doesn't come with a whole lot, you don't really need a whole lot to take care of business. You get the faceplate (which mounts in a 5.25" bay), three sets of Molex connectors, a power cable, a clip, a small instruction manual and a remote control unit.
Yes, I said a remote control unit. You see, the X-Tunner isn't just another rheostat device; it allows you to control your fan speeds from a distance... about 25-30 feet or so to be exact. This distance can vary depending on obstacles or radio interference, but you should have no problems using the remote from across the room to keep your system cooling running the way YOU want it to run.
The front of the faceplate is simple but lets you know what is going on. The lights on the left hand side show you how fast the fans are spinning. They can basically be categorized into three groups according to color; low, medium and fast.
The middle portion of the faceplate is the IR receiver. It works at a frequency of 4MHz according to Thermaltake and you have about a 45-degree angle of operation zone to the front. Anything beyond that and it is unlikely the remote will be able to transfer the signal to the unit.
On the right hand side is a single power light and a small protrusion that allows you to hang the remote device when it isn't in use. I guess they thought everybody was like me and had a habit of losing things.
Turning the controller around shows us how simple it is to hook up your system fans. First off, the fans attached to this device are powered by it also. That Molex connector you see on the left is how your fans will get their power and also be controlled by the X-Tunner unit. From there, you simply hook up the fans to the headers on the back of the unit and you're set. If your fans are not compatible with the 3-pin headers of the controller, just use the included Molex adapters and you'll be able to hook them up properly. From there you just need to attach the faceplate into an empty 5.25" drive bay and you're finished.
As far as the remote is concerned, well, it isn't rocket science. The big button with the "+" sign forces more power to the fans until they're maxed at 12v, and the big button with the "-" sign ebbs the flow of power to slow the fans down (and make them quieter).
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