by Greg King on September 28, 2005 in Air-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!
As I anticipated, this installation went down with out any problems at all. I am very pleased with the results that I found. The temperature probes worked well and matched the readout of my Smartguardian computer probe. I was pleasantly surprised with the temperature of my WD Raptor, because these drives are a hot one. But with a fan on it, it stays nice and cool. I like the fact that I can control the speed of any fan that is connected to the controller, thus making this a true controller.
The ability to check the time and date on this unit is something that I found to be quite useful as well. How many of us have the time to look over our shoulders to check what time it is? Let alone hang a clock in plain site of your computer desk… I know that I sure don’t! Well, with me it isn’t a matter of time, rather motivation. But the fact that I can look down slightly and see the time, date, CPU temp and fan speed is wonderful.
All in all, I feel that Ultra has a really good thing on their hands with the Fan Commander. As much as I liked the last thermal monitor that I reviewed, this stands heads and shoulders above everything else like it. From the very impressive manufacturing of this unit to the accuracy that it reads, this deserves a high score. I want to give this a 9.5 out of 10 but I am going to round up and say that this is a perfect 10. I really can’t tell you how impressed I was and still am with this little unit.
This will, with out a doubt, turn quite a few heads at a LAN party with the beautiful back lit LCD read out as well as the blue halos around the two sets of control keys. I have no reservations at all in giving this a perfect 10 out of 10. A 9 was what I was thinking at first, but upon noticing the time and effort Ultra put into manufacturing this, I can’t sleep well without upping the score to a perfect 10. Congrats to Ultra and many thanks as well for allowing me to review this fine addition to any PC.
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