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Quick Look - Thermaltake X-Tunner Fan Speed Controller with Remote Control

By: Mike Wright | Cooling Fans in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 6, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: Thermaltake



You'll notice that I did not include a testing page like normal since it either works or it doesn't. In the case of the Thermaltake X-Tunner, it works just as it was designed to. I don't have 25-30 feet of space to play with in my test lab, but the remote was fully capable of controlling fan speeds from the far end of the room.


One item of note that needs mentioning is amperage limits on each channel. You will be limited to 1 ampere per channel, so don't get too carried away daisy-chaining those fans together or you'll be a channel short. With four channels to work with, however, it shouldn't become too much an issue. Even large fans usually stay under a half amp power draw so just plan accordingly.



So while rheostat devices are available all over the place, you'll be hard pressed to find others that allow you to remotely control fan speeds. This might be for everybody, but for those who are looking for ways to set themselves apart from those other enthusiasts at the local LAN, this might be just the ticket to open up some eyes.


As far as working properly, it does do exactly that, but you cannot make adjustments to only one or two channels at a time. When you increase or decrease fan speeds it affects all fans hooked to the device. This could be an issue for those who want to be able to manually control all fans independently. It will really come down to looking at your own needs and seeing whether this device fits the bill.


Bottom line... For those looking for a reliable fan speed controller AND are also wanting something that will set them apart from the masses, take a look at the X-Tunner. While it does have limitations, it still manages to offer a solid controller that showed itself to be very reliable and effective.


- Pros


Remotely control fan speeds from across room


Very simple installation and operation


IR technology


Four channels


- Cons


Limited amperage draw per channel


Channels cannot be adjusted independently


Rating - 8.5 out of 10


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