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Written by Vito Cassisi   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
NZXT Sentry LXE Digital Fan Controller
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: NZXT Sentry LXE
NZXT Sentry LXE Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

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.

NZXT Sentry LXE Cables

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.

NZXT Sentry LXE Fan Cables

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.

NZXT Sentry LXE Temp Cables

Semi-transparent stickers are provided to secure the temperature probes onto any components you wish to monitor.

NZXT Sentry LXE Temp Stickers

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.

NZXT Sentry LXE Display

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).



# RE: NZXT Sentry LXE Digital Fan ControllerDoug 2010-11-28 21:38
Nice review and piece of hardware, but it's redundant--as are all devices of this sort. It would be nice to see an item like this use the ALREADY ON THE BOARD temperature monitors. It would negate the need for temp probes. Passing temps to the hardware could be done with a simple driver. That option would also clean up 5 probe leads. But for absolute in case airflow and organization, Speedfan is the way to go.
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