Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
Fan controllers are nothing new, and to be honest, neither are touchscreen versions of such devices, but that does not mean that companies are still at developing new ways to offer such control for their own brand of cases. Of course, you can go just about anywhere and grab a controller similar to this one, and it may offer the same specifications, but on the flip side, there are a ton of users out there who love it when all of the devices including the chassis all sport the same manufacturer naming, and this is where Thermaltake steps in with their newest fan controller.
With a plethora of new cases that have hit the market from Thermaltake, they have really opened the door to many new customers. Going even further, with the modularity and customizable options these chassis designs offer, it doesn't take long before you are out of fan headers, and not always does a customer want to have to opt to run their fans at 12V using various adapters and splitter cables. This is when most users will opt to move into a fan controller so that they may group fans on channels and customize the amount of flow and noise coming from the fans, and is why this latest device was engineered and placed in the market.
The Thermaltake Commander FT is the latest of fan controlling methods offered from Thermaltake. This isn't your typical plain Jane fan controller either. Of course offering it as a touchscreen keeps the smooth look that many people will appreciate, rather than twist knobs or sliders protruding from the front of the chassis, but it packs in all the bells and whistles that a fan controller can offer as well. Things like thermal alarms, fan alarms when no RPM is being reported from it, the option to disable the LED lighting after the controls are set up, and this controller is offered with a 50 Watt maximum power delivery, just to name a few. All of these, plus many others we will explain along the way will likely lead you as it did us to really appreciate this fan controller, and you will see how nice and sleek this Commander FT is for any Thermaltake chassis, or any chassis for that matter.
The specifications chart provided from Thermaltake leaves very little to the imagination as they cover almost every aspect of the controller in this chart. We see that the Commander FT is 148mm wide, it is 88mm deep, and stands only 42mm tall, fitting inside of any 5.25" bay. While weight is of little concern for most customers, we do see that with wiring included, this controller weighs in at 300 grams. Continuing onward, we see that this offers five individual channels that deliver 10 Watts each, for the total of 50 Watts as we mentioned earlier. This is also where they explain the RPM range of each channel starting with 0 RPM and will show up to 9990 RPMs if you can find a fan capable of such speeds.
The screen on this controller is 5.5 inches when measured on the diagonal. We also see that with this kit, it includes a single thermal probe that will display on the Commander FT in a range of 0 to 90 degrees Celsius, but at the same time, it can be changed to display the temperatures in Fahrenheit as well. As we conclude with the chart, we see that the fan connections have only 3-pins in them, they are made wider to allow 4-pin fans to connect without modification as well. We also see that to power the Commander FT, Thermaltake chose to use a 4-pin Molex plug to do this. Also included within the kit are four screws to make sure the controller gets mounted securely into the chassis, and they also provide a bit of tape to attach the thermal probe wherever you see fit.
Looking around the vastness of the interwebs as we always do, we see that there are only four locations inside of the US that you can obtain this device at this time. The most reputable, outside of eBay, is the listing we found at Newegg. There you can find the Commander FT listed at $36.99 with free shipping being available currently. We have seen many fan controllers in our time, ranging from just under $20 for the basic models, all the way up to near $100 for standalone models, we feel that Thermaltake is not only right on the mark with pricing, but is also below what we initially assumed pricing for such a device would be. For those in the market for a new fan controller, Thermaltake and their Commander FT may be the perfect solution to fit your cooling control needs.
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