|NZXT Sentry LXE Digital Fan Controller|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Vito Cassisi|
|Monday, 22 November 2010|
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NZXT Sentry LXE Detailed Features
There are a bunch of cables which come with the NZXT Sentry LXE. The first pictured is a molex connection which provides power to the PCB. It has both male and female connectors such that the power connection can be shared with other devices.
Below this is the lengthy (approx 2m) 8-pin cable which connects the main display unit to the PCB.
Five 3-pin fan connections are supplied (which is the maximum number the controller can support). Each cable is labeled 'Fan' followed by a number from 1 to 5. This is handy when organising the display order on the main unit. It also helps to match the temperature probes with particular fans.
Just as the fan cables are labelled, so are the temperature probes. The Sentry LXE comes with seven probes (even though only five can be used at any one time). Perhaps their delicate nature necessitates having spares. These cables can be separated by tearing them apart carefully.
Semi-transparent stickers are provided to secure the temperature probes onto any components you wish to monitor.
Finally, when all is connected, we're met with the flashy lights of the touchscreen LCD display. Each number along the left-hand side of the screen corresponds to a fan/probe on the controller. You'll have to remember these mappings, or use some good old post-it notes.
Pressing any of the five numbers once will cause the temperature to blink. Using the '+' and '-' symbols in the bottom-left-hand corner increases/decreases the temperature value. This value corresponds to the alarm temperature threshold. If the temperature hits this value, the alarm will sound (if you have it enabled), and the associated fan will churn at maximum speed.
Hitting the same number again gives us control over the selected fans RPM value. A value below 40% (or 4 blocks out of 10) turns the fan off when in manual mode. In automatic mode, the minimum is 50% (25 degrees Celsius, 77 degrees Fahrenheit), which increases as the temperature increases. Switching between manual and automatic is as simple as pressing to the right of the power icon.
Holding down any number will cause all temperatures to start flashing, such that you can choose between Celsius or Fahrenheit.
In addition to fan control there's a time, day, and date display. Pressing either the time or date areas selects them for alteration. The day is automatically set based on the date.
Finally there's the 'reset' button for taking the settings back to defaults, and the power button for turning off the display (the controller still functions as programmed).