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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

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

The test set up for the NZXT Sentry LXE fan controller consists of hooking up the device to a X58 based system. Five temperature probes are placed throughout a Silverstone Raven RV01 case, one on the underside of the HDD, one on the base of a Thermalright Ultra eXtreme 120 heatsink, one between the two main intake fans, one on the heatsink of the 4870x2, and one on the VRM (voltage regulation module) of the motherboard.

This system has four main fans. Two large 180mm intake fans, a 120mm CPU fan, and a single 120mm exhaust fan. All four have been matched with the closest temperature probe. Testing involves using the controller for a few days in an everyday environment, noting its usefulness and any concerns.

Test System

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58-DS4
  • System Memory: Patriot Viper 1333MHz CL9
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4GHz
  • Audio: ASUS Xonar Essence STX
  • Video: HIS HD4870x2
  • Disk Drive 1: Western Digital Caviar Black 600GB
  • Enclosure: Silverstone Raven RV01
  • PSU: Corsair HX620



Rest assured, the Sentry LXE works as advertised. After a few days of usage, no major problems have been encountered. The temperatures update often, and the alarm works when required.

A small issue with the main unit occurred where the screen displayed garbled information. The controller still functioned correctly, however. Unplugging it and reconnecting fixed it. There's also a small delay between the unit being powered on, and the fans spinning down to their assigned settings.

All in all, the controller is very handy. During the night you can turn your fans down to maintain a peaceful silence, or ramp up the fans for a benchmarking session.



# 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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