Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Reeven is a company that has been making themselves known after the release of many CPU air coolers, as well as a couple of fan controllers we have seen from them over the years. With many products leaving the factory, Reeven is a company that tends to all of your needs, not just in cooling either. While they are better known for their CPU coolers, they also supply thermal paste, fans, a couple of cases, and with what we saw in the Six Eyes and Four Eyes products, they also have a very good handle on their fan controller designs.
When we first ventured into their fan controller lineup, we were given the Six Eyes first. In this design, there were six channels, displayed on small LCD screens, and control for the fans was done via small knobs on either side of the controller. It was then in which we were sent the Four Eyes fan controller which was a big step up for Reeven. In this design, there was a reduction in channels to just four this time, but via touch screens on the face of it, all controls were handled digitally. This time around, however, things are a bit different. Again the channels have been reduced again, but this time, with a digital display on the front of very large twist dials, manual control of your chassis fans has not been simpler or more pleasing to look at.
Today, as we cover what the Reeven Polariz RFC-04 is, you will see a fan controller which is simple in its idea, but in reality is complex, yet easy to use. As far as the continuous reduction of channels as the fan controllers from Reeven roll out, do not fret, as the same power output is still available, just that now it is only covering three zones. With attractive textures and materials used, a trio of large LCD displays informing you of status, and the largest control knobs we have ever used, we feel we should jump right in with both feet and make you aware of the Reeven Polariz as quickly as possible.
The Reeven Polariz, otherwise known as the RFC-04, is made of steel and uses a single 5.25" bay for installation. The Polariz is 148mm wide, it stands 42.5mm tall, and only needs 98mm of depth into the chassis to fit. This controller is powered via the 5V and 12V lines of a SATA power connection, allowing the deliverance of four to twelve volts of power to be supplied to each of its three channels. Each channel is capable of drawing 2.5A over many fans, and doing the math; that means each channel is capable of delivering 30 Watts. The temperature display has a range of zero degrees to ninety-nine degrees on either side of the scale, not just Centigrade. As to the fan speed indication on the front, it will read speed from zero on through to 9999RPM. The last bit we are given on the Polariz is that it weighs in at 330 grams.
What they do not explain in any detail is the aesthetic design. Using steel to make the frame and cover panel, the RFC-04 is a rectangular box, with just the connectivity and dip switches accessible from the back. The dip switches are used to either switch the thermal scale or in various configurations; it changes the thermal alarm settings built into the Polariz. The front, where all the magic happens, offers three large knobs which are as big as the fan controller is tall. Using a diamond pattern around the knobs, angling off the edge and leaving it as exposed metal to shine against all that black, and the fact that the entire face of the knobs is LCD screens, Reeven delivers a fan controller that is not just easy to read, but simple to use as well. On these displays, you will find fan speeds at the top, thermal readings in the middle, and at the bottom is displayed the actual voltage being supplied to the fans.
Trying to find the Reeven Polariz is slightly complicated by the fact that we can only find one location on this side of the pond to offer it. While you may assume it was on eBay or via Amazon, it is only found at Newegg. As far as fan controllers go, they seem to span the $20 to $80 range depending on the feature set, and finding the Reeven Polariz RFC-04 for just $54 with free shipping put it at the lower-end of the pricing scale. While you will have plenty of power under your control, using an attractive addition to many cases, you do not have to break the bank to obtain this Reeven Polariz fan controller.
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