Coolermaster Musketeer Mult-Function Panel ReviewFormer staff writer -
: GF City Computers
Musketeer, a name that brings the memory of three sword toting classic heroes, and chivalry to mind. Whether or not this product has any of this heroism, or chivalry is yet to be decided. Since being founded a little over a decade ago, Coolermaster has maintained a strong foothold in the Thermal industry, ever since their initial outbreak onto the market. Having a large range of products, ranging from cases, to coolers, and into fan speed controllers such as the Musketeer that Coolermaster is dubbing a "System Dynamics Detector" that I will be going over in the pages to come.
Upon receiving this package I gave a quick check for damage, and I found nothing out of the ordinary. Removing the plastic wrap, and opening the box I was greeted by three smaller bags that included all the supplied hookups, as well as eight supplied drive screws for mounting. Underneath these bags there is the body of the Musketeer itself, securely packed in 2 pieces of foam, as well as a plastic bag. The model that I received to review was the black version; the Musketeer is also available in Silver. Removing this bundle from the box, I found the instruction in the bottom of the package. These instructions are provided in nine different languages.
While being fairly complete I feel that they could have been better worded, as to be more insightful, or a larger picture could have been provided. But overall the instructions where helpful, and did aid me in installing this device into my computer.
Looking at the front of the unit, you will see three gauges, as well as two vertical sliders, going from left to right the gauges are Voltage, VU (Volume Unit, for measuring Volume), and Temperature. The first slider adjusts the voltage that is provided to the fan ranging from 6-10 volts DC, and the second slider adjusts the sensitivity of the VU meter.
Moving onto looking at the supplied cabling, there is a temperature sensor, as well as audio panel hookup, to split output for the VU meter, and an adaptor for 3 pin fan connectors, and 4 pin Molex.