Precise fan speed control via manual voltage regulation mechanisms is as old and moldy as last month’s uneaten BLT. Lamptron’s new CM615, on the other hand, promises to be as tasty and delectable as a freshly-made Philly cheese steak with extra cheese.
The CM615 is, on the one hand, a conventional fan controller. Designed to fit in an empty 5.25″ drive bay in your PC chassis, it features an anodized black aluminum faceplate and a touchscreen interface. It controls six fan channels with 15W available per channel. Fans connect to the CM615 via 3-pin connectors attached to six sleeved cables; power comes to the CM615 via a Molex power connector.
But the CM615 is also unconventional, in that it is meant to be connected to your motherboard via a USB 1.1/2.0 header. Thus connected, proprietary software can then interface and control the CM615 and the fans connected to it. The end-user can set temperature targets for the software to hit, controlling the fans accordingly to meet those set thresholds. Alternatively, end-users can also create speed/temperature curves for their fans as well.
Added functionality includes what Lamptron calls “Start-Boost Technology,” which activates all the connected fans when you boot up your PC, and full system status monitoring capabilities as well. Finally, the Lamptron CM615′s software allows control over the connected fans via a network or Internet connection. The company says the proprietary software is compatible with Windows XP, 7, and 8 (what, no love for Vista?).
Sources suggest an MSRP of $109.00; availability date is unknown at this time.