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NZXT Grid+ Six Port Fan Hub Review

By: Chad Sebring | Cables & Accessories in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 1, 2014 5:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: NZXT

Packaging and NZXT Grid+ Fan Hub




Things are kept sleek and simple on the front of the Grid+ packaging. There is a bold yellow block highlighting the product name, and an image of the fan hub in the center of the packaging. The packaging also lists the dimensions, power delivery, and warranty at the bottom.




On the back there is much more to absorb. Near the top we see a preview of the CAM software, and what is available there. Under that is an explanation of the idea behind the design, and at the bottom are five icons covering the software, built-in current protection, the six channels, the hub's discreetness, and that extension cables are included. Inside is a thin plastic tray that contains all the bits, and as you will see, our Grid+ arrived in great shape.




This is the side of the Grid+ you will see most often, the top. On it, "GRID+" is indented into the top cover, and off to the left side, we can see the small bit of acrylic where the white LED will denote power, and be easily viewable.




The bottom edge of this device is where the USB 2.0 to micro-USB cable plugs. To the right of that is the round power adapter that the Molex lead plugs into to power the Grid+; there is nothing too hard to handle here.




Both sides of the hub look like this, but in mirror image of each other, of course. This is where you either use the extensions, y-splitters, or plug any three-pin fan directly into this hub. There are a total of six channels between both sides.




With anything electrical, there will be heat produced from the reduction of voltage, and NZXT took that into consideration, which is why the top edge of the Grid+ is open and vented to passively allow the internals to cool off if needed.




The lower half of the outer shell has the NZXT name pressed into this panel. It also has three screws, so we can easily gander at the bits inside. This is also where you would use the 3M Dual Lock to attach this to your chassis of choice.




With the bottom half of the outer shell removed, we find the bold white PCB inside. This is the back of the PCB, but we do see the Dale Electronics R47F resistors used in this design.




On the flip side, there are the six fan connections, and the power and USB ports to the left. In the middle, we find 16V, 470 microfarad, chemical caps used. The STM8S10 eight-bit MCU in the middle and the MCP2200 USB Bridge IC at the top left are a bit tougher to see.

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