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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

The NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller




Out of the box, and after I removed it from a pink plastic bag, I found the Sentry Mix to be a very attractive addition to a case. The silver or gunmetal grey sliders pop as they are backed with a flat black rubber coating. To the left is the button to change the LED colors, and barely visible are the numbers one through six under each slider that will illuminate later.




Even though the bulk of the Sentry Mix is made of black ABS plastic, NZXT realizes threads don't last too long is just the plastic is threaded. Here as with the other devices like this from NZXT, they use brass inserts for the threads, so you can reuse and reinstall this unit as much as you need to.




As shipped, the wiring is all bundled inside of the tray for transit, and also to fit in the very slim packaging. Let me dismantle this controller a bit so we can get a much better look at what is going on in here.




Removing the twist tie holding all the wiring, I am pleased to see the same wire tie down that has worked well for their other devices. The way this works is that the wires are held down with the larger "arm" of plastic, and then there is a plastic loop that the zip strip is tied to, to make sure you don't pull on the PCB of the controller if you need to stretch a fan lead as you install it.




I removed all of the wires, four little screws and was able to get a really good look at the PCB that has the task of delivering 50W per channel. Something I really like is that the PCB is clearly labeled for the fan leads and which controller is which, so if you do disconnect all the wires as I did, you can easily just match up the numbers.




This is what I meant when I mentioned you just match up the numbers. Each of the 3-pin fan leads is labeled one through six to make it much easier to keep track of which is which once things are installed and you are plugging in those fans. On the left us a connection that gets power supplied through a pair of 4-pin Molex connections and terminates into one 3-pin connection that plugs into the PCB.




Just to show the last little bit that I sort of passed over until now. Shipped with the unit is a set of four screws to mount the Sentry Mix securely into your chassis.

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