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Thermaltake Commander FT Touchscreen Fan Controller Review (Page 3)

Chad Sebring | Jul 1, 2015 at 9:13 am CDT - 2 mins, 42 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Thermaltake

Thermaltake Commander FT Touch Screen Fan Controller

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To offer such a large touchscreen in the Commander FT, Thermaltake offers a bezel that is only 8.6mm thick on either side, the top section is 4.6mm thick, and at the bottom it is only 3.5mm thick, leaving the rest of the front to be used for the 5.5" touchscreen panel in the middle. Other than that, we also see that the Thermaltake name has been pressed into the left side of the plastic bezel.

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Both sides of the controller are made from steel. This allows them to drill out and thread various mounting holes, and the likelihood of said holes stripping out is much less. The pair of holes at the top are also placed there to offer a couple of places to help tie off the wiring to help with the cleanliness inside of the chassis.

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As we get to the back of the controller, we see all of the wiring has been bundled here for transit. To use the controller, simply remove the twist tie and extend the wiring. Another nice feature is that all of the wiring is easily disconnected so that you can eliminate unneeded wiring, or make wiring in the chassis a bit simpler to do as well.

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With all of the wiring disconnected, we now get a great view of the back of the PCB. On the left side, you can see the row of capacitors along the bottom, the rows of resistors in the middle, and we see that they chose NEC chokes at the top before the power is delivered to the five 3-pin clips for the fans along the top.

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On the right side of that same PCB, we find the buzzer at the top, and it also includes a jumper that can be removed to disable the speaker. Below that is the ribbon connection that controls the touchscreen, and at the bottom is the 4-pin connection for power, and to the right of that is the 2-pin thermal probe connection.

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In this set of bundled wiring, we find a 25" long thermal probe wire, the fan leads are all 24" in length, and the Molex lead is much shorter at only 17". We do like that all of the wiring is black though, and should disappear in most chassis offerings.

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As far as accessories go, this is pretty much it. There is a set of four screws to mount the fan controller in the 5.25" bay of choice, and they also offer a good sized chunk of yellow tape to stick the thermal probe to the base of a CPU cooler, behind the motherboard socket, or anywhere you want to read a temperature to control the speed offered with the Auto setting of this controller.

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There are also very well written instructions that will walk you through the functionality of the device. This points out how to pick the channels, how to adjust the fan speeds, and also covers the alarms and temperature settings. They also offer a warranty guide of what to do and what not to do if you wish to claim anything within the one-year warranty.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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