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Written by Tim White - Edited by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller
Closer Look: Sentry 2
Sentry-2 Detailed Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

NZXT Sentry-2 Touchscreen Fan Controller

Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure of testing NZXT's newest fan control: the Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller. A step up from the Sentry 1 and a worthy stable mate for the Sentry LX. The Sentry 2 is a different approach to the same problem. A more elegant solution to a problem that has plagued computer enthusiasts since their earliest days; fan noise. With it's touchscreen controls it's a definite step in the right direction above and beyond it's predecessor the Sentry 1, the Sentry 2 is simplicity itself.

Taking up only half the space of the Sentry LX you might think the NZXT Sentry 2 has only half the features or capabilities but you'd be wrong. Gone are the buttons bells and whistles but what's left is the best of the LX with a touchscreen to make those core features even better and easier to use with some added benefits as well.

Hot on the heals of my earlier review of the NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller comes the brand new NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controller. You guessed it; it's all touchscreen controls. No knobs or buttons to accidentally bump or break off, just pure technology put to use in a very unique way. Gone is any hint to buttons or knobs just 100% touchscreen goodness. Can something so small and simple really be powerful enough to control 5 fans and will it actually work or is this more gimmick than go? Read on.

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Features and Specifications

  • Touch screen interface
  • Five fan control through an intuitive interface
  • Ultra fast selection and response time
  • Display temperatures in both F and C
  • Light switch turns off the meter when sleeping
  • Automatic and manual modes of control
  • Full compatibility with all types of fans using voltage control
  • With a minimum of at least 10 Watts per channel, the Sentry 2 will support almost all high end fans
  • Tuned accuracy with only a tolerance of one degree
  • Sound alarm to alert when the temperature is over
  • Stored settings, the Sentry keeps your settings even after power off

About the company: NZXT

NZXT_Logo_400px.pngNZXT, a company built upon gamer's dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling.

Our dedicated sales and customer service team will work diligently to earn your trust and loyalty. All our products are built with high quality material and engineered in the best conditions.

NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, California. NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan.



 

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# RE: NZXT Sentry 2 Touchscreen Fan Controllerkataleen 2011-01-09 15:20
Hey,

If it's not too difficult, can you tell me how long are the probe cables?

Thanks
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# Lead lengthTim White 2011-02-09 20:26
kataleen,

I measured the few extra leads I had in the box and they measure approximately 30 inches long. Sorry I missed that in the review, I agree that would be good info to have. I use this controller in the third from the bottom bay on a Thermaltake Spedo Advance full tower (it sits ON my desk) and all leads are plenty long enough.

Thanks,

Tim
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# Fan lead lengthJames 2011-02-12 14:59
Hi, I assume the above question was about the temperature sensors? How long is the lead that has the fan/molex connectors on the end of it? I need to know if I buy this controller whether I'll need to buy 3 pin extension cables as well, or if the included lead will be long enough for all of my fan wires to reach.

Thanks
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# RE: Fan lead lengthTim White 2011-02-13 07:55
Hi James,

Yes the question referred to the temp probes. Again, I use the full tower Thermaltake Spedo Advance case (#benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=304&Itemid=61) and the fan controller is in the third from the bottom slot. The Spedo Advance is a huge case and has two top rear 120mm fans and all my leads reach them just fine. I just removed right case side and I see one of the fan leads reaches the whole way to the rear of my case on the backside of the motherboard.

I guess it would depend also on the length of your fan leads and fan location. I have some spare Scythe fans and Lian Li fans to compare and with their 3 pin cords measuring approximately 10" for the Scythe and 12" for the Lian Li. If your fans have at least that cord length I'd guess you'll have no issues in an at least similarly sized case or smaller.
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# RE: RE: Fan lead lengthJames 2011-02-13 08:35
Hi thanks for the reply, my case is a Lian-Li PC-B25F and I just checked my fan leads, they're about 14 inches long so I should be fine, thanks for your help. Now I just need to make sure the place I buy it from has the revison 2 model as I heard about people having fan noise issues with the orignal.

##hardwarecanucks.com/forum/air-cooling/31345-nzxt-sentry-2-widespread-bug.html
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# RE: RE: RE: Fan lead lengthTim White 2011-02-13 08:51
Ouch! That noise is very bad! For the record, my unit has never had that issue. I use it daily and have used it since my review and have had none of that weird fan noise.
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# noise problemJames 2011-02-13 09:43
Turns out they stil haven't fixed the problem, I was definitely going to buy this but I've been put off now by seeing so many people complaining about the noise (not just that thread, amazon reviews and other places too) and also people saying the screen failed on them. :/
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# naBSB 2011-06-10 17:38
Just as a little note.
Mine came with all the fans marked "FAN1"
The sensors weree also ALL marked "TEMP1"

It's gonna take me a while to work out what really is what and the web site is a joke for help with the only other documentation being for the touch screen use itself.

Emailed em so lets see if they are on the ball or not ?
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