by Greg King on September 28, 2005 in Cooling, Peripherals
Modders know… a great fan controller can add wicked styling and great functionality to your case. We are taking a look at the Fan Commander from Ultra, which easily takes care of both of those things!
This is a product designed to not only add style to your PC but functionality as well. With the Fan Commander, you can control up to 7 fans individually, as well as monitor your case vitals such as CPU, HDD and case temperatures. This is nice to have when you are in a game or don’t have the time to bring up your system monitor from your system tray. Enough small talk, lets get down to business.
My first reaction to opening up the box is that I am happy with all of the items that Ultra included. You get a front bezel in brushed aluminum silver or black. With my black case, I don’t need to tell you which one I am going with. The entire housing is aluminum as well, which for the most part also impressed me. This is a very robust little piece of hardware. I am looking forward to seeing how this looks all lit up. Also included are all the cables you will need, a small hex key to switch out the bezel, back up batteries, an adequate instruction manual and tape to affix the thermal probes to whatever components you want to monitor. For this, I am choosing the normal HDD, CPU and case temperatures.
I am the type of person that hates cables running all over hells half acre in my case, so I try to the best of my abilities to spend ample time during cable management. As much as I want to get this thing going, there must be time to route the cables, so I can provide maximum air flow throughout my case. As you can see, there are quite a few cables that can possibly come out of the Fan Commander. You have one for your power, 7 possible fan cables and 3 system thermal cables.
I will only be using this to monitor one fan, my CPU’s Zalman 7000Cu, temps of my CPU, system and hard drive. Obviously I will have one cable for the 4-pin Molex power connector. That in itself is 5 cables that I will have to route throughout my case as to not obstruct any more air flow than necessary. Why would I only choose to hook up 1 fan in my case you ask? It’s because all of my other fans use the 4-pin Molex connector and I need a small 3-pin that my Zalman just so happens to have on it. How convenient.
As mentioned above, this occupies a vacant 5 1/4″ that you might have. On my case, an Antec SX1040BII (crazy name, very good case), there are rails for my 5 1/4″ bays so installation should be a snap.