What was it that we liked about the Six Eyes II that makes it stand out to us? Well, almost everything to be honest. From the basic levels of using the right components to handle the job, and allowing 30W per channel of fan controlling ability, it is a great start. To put that into perspective, most average fans draw, let's say, 3W a piece, so that is ten fans per channel. So essentially, if there was room for all of them in a chassis, this is specified to be able to run something like sixty fans at one time.
Then we have all the other features that hooked us. The fact that the dials don't stick out all the time is a huge win. Having the option to change the LEDs, or disable them and leave the controller blank, is an excellent option as well. With the thermal alarm options, even with the LEDs off and no view of the status, it is nice to know an annoying buzzer will go off to let you know something isn't quite right. What we really liked seeing in this design was that all of the included wiring was not only very long and capable of getting anywhere in a chassis as cleanly as possible, but it is also braided in black to help it all blend into the chassis.
As for constructive criticisms of the Six Eyes II fan controller, there are a few things we would like to say, but these are in no way detrimental to the use, or a fault in any way really. When installing this into a chassis, it slides right in and mounts easily, but in order to make this universally installable into any chassis, its dimensions are slightly smaller than the bays we tested in. This means that if the inside of the chassis is illuminated, you will see a ring of light around the controller as it sits in the bay. The second thing, and we completely understand implementing it in other ways would have greatly changed the look and overall design of this fan controller, is once the controller is in the chassis, we hope it is set the way you like it. By this we mean that accessing the dip switches inside of the chassis will tend to make you not want to change things often, or at all once it is mounted in the chassis.
With all the plusses and the few minuses that we discussed, we still feel Reeven has one serious contender in this Six Eyes II fan controller that delivers 30W per channel. Even with the elevated pricing we found at Frozen CPU once shipping gets included, we still feel there is serious value at the $60 price range. With a controller that does not pass the front panel of the chassis, yet still offers the finite control associated with dial fan controllers, we like what Reeven has put together.
To be blunt: most users will never take the Six Eyes II to its full power capacity; even with fans that use twice the wattage, you would be hard pressed to even find room for thirty fans in any given chassis, or anything you plan to cool. But it is nice having all the options you could want in a fan controller, with the peace of mind of having a thermal alarm to warn of impending doom and gloom, and knowing it will handle anything you can throw at it, even with plans to add more fans later on. So, even though this is a pricier bay-style fan controller, we feel it is well worth the investment to have this much power, control, and options in one 5.25 inch bay.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||97%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||97%|
The Bottom Line: Reeven continues to impress with their products as the Six Eyes II fan controller passes with flying colors! Tons of power, plenty of options, and even an alarm to play nanny for the PC the Six Eyes II jumps right into our top five favorite fan controllers of all time.
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