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BitFenix Recon and BitFenix Hydra Pro Fan Controller Roundup

Waco    -   November 20, 2012
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Conclusion:

In the end, you have to make a choice based on one factor: control. Do you want your fan controller to automatically adjust for temperature or would you rather take control of that duty yourself? If you want the former then the Recon is a great choice. For not a lot of coin you get a great looking fan controller, automatic speed adjustment, up to 10 watts per channel for fans, and a nifty web-accessible interface for access from anywhere you please. If you'd rather control your fans manually the Hydra Pro offers the ability to drive up to 30 watts per channel as well as the option of controlling LED lighting if you have compatible fans.

Both of these fan controllers do their job. They both look great, are built with clear attention to detail, and will easily stand up to daily use for a very long time. If you have noisy fans or would like the ability to use noisy fans without having to deal with their obnoxious droning whenever your computer is on you won't be disappointed in either of these BitFenix offerings. The software for the Recon is a bit rough around the edges but serves its purpose, and the Hydra Pro is simple and effective. For the asking price of $39.99 for the Recon and $34.99 for the Hydra Pro, I really cannot find any serious faults in either product. Personally I love the automatic control on the Recon, and it will be staying in my own rig permanently!

 

BitFenix Recon

Pros:

  • Enough power for almost all fan types
  • Automatic adjustment based on temperature
  • Great fit and finish
  • Easy touchscreen controls and simple web interface

 

Cons:

  • Automatic adjustment not customizable
  • Some cables glued to the PCB
  • Some fans may be incompatible

 

 

BitFenix Hydra Pro

Pros:

  • Gobs of power for any fan combination imaginable
  • Smooth manual adjustment
  • Great build quality
  • Detachable cables for easy wiring

 

Cons:

  • Manual adjustment requires care to avoid overheating parts
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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Installation
  3. Specifications & Features (BitFenix Recon)
  4. Specifications & Features (BitFenix Hydra Pro)
  5. Testing & Results
  6. Conclusion
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