With what started as essentially a dummy hub for many fans in a chassis, we have seen the GRID grow up over the years. We first saw an evolution from the 12V power of the original to a more mellow PWM version that allowed one fan header to PWM control all of the fans on the hub. As with the move to digital control, not only do you have finite control of the fans finally, but individual control, just like any bay fan controller would deliver.
Not only can it take on almost any standard fan controller, except for a few 50W models, but it does so hidden. And with the CAM software involved, the options of fan control at just a few clicks away is a thing of beauty. And with channels powered showing up a different color, it is visually easy to see if a fan or channel of fans goes down, without even having to open the chassis.
The lowest setting we could set in manual mode was 20%. At that setting, we connected the digital multimeter and saw a reading of 4.7V. The next step was to see where silent mode started, and we saw it begins at 40% and the voltage then was 6.05V. Moving next to the performance setting, we found that 50% was the starting point, and 7.0V is what we saw on the meter. Going back to manual mode and setting it to 100%, we saw that we were offered 12.12V at this time; hence, very little power lost in resistance with the controller.
We love that it is compact, and we dig that NZXT offers the full kit right out of the gate. Everything from cables, zip ties to keep it clean and tidy, and some seriously strong hook and loop mounting assures the GRID+ V2 is not going anywhere once it is mounted. If we did have to pick on one thing, it would have to be the fan plugs. Here we love that the connection is tight and solid so that the fan connections won't wiggle loose. However, it also makes fan removal from the GRID+ V2 near impossible without a tiny screwdriver or something similar to try to unlock the tab under the fan connection.
A lot of the fan controllers we look at do not cost all that much, as many cost $50 or less. NZXT saw that, and we feel they priced the GRID+ V2 accordingly. With companies these days moving away from optical bays being offered in cases, fanboys of the bay style fan controllers are going to have to make a move. At $29.99, how can you pass up on a completely hideable fan controller, and one which offers more control than any dial, slider, or touchscreen type device right now?
Considering everything we have seen in the GRID+ V2 and where we see cases going in the future, it won't be long until you too will feel the need to own one of these or a similar kind of device.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||91%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||96%|
The Bottom Line: NZXT's GRID+ V2 is where all fan controllers will eventually go! It is small, powerful, can be hidden, and once the CAM software is involved, there truly is endless controls offered to the user. We are shocked they are asking only $29.99 for such a cool piece of kit.
PRICING: You can find the NZXT GRID+ V2 Digital Fan Controller for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The NZXT GRID+ V2 Digital Fan Controller retails for $36 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The NZXT GRID+ V2 Digital Fan Controller retails for £30 at Amazon UK.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
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