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Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Variable Fan Controller Review

Former staff writer    -   July 31, 2001


Installation
I originally started installing it by connecting all of the wires to the NXP-205 then mounting the NXP-205 in to my drive bay. This was harder to do because all of the wires got tangled up and stuck in the drive bay. I found it easier to plug one of the connectors on the NXP-205 first, then run that wire through the 3.5" Drive bay and then lastly plug it in the fan of your choice. After that run the remaining of the wires the same way. Then run the 4-pin connector (the power plug) through the drive bay and connect it to your power supply. Finally mount the NXP-205 in your drive bay and secure it with the provided four screws.





Here are some pictures of the NXP-205 installed in my Lian Li case. I think it makes my case look more complete



Conclusion

The NXP-205 was extremely easy to install, for a fan controller that is. I remember a couple of years ago when I made my last homemade Baybus, I had to cut the connectors off of my fans, and solder them to the wires that went to the bay bus. Vantec makes it easy for us to just plug them up, and it doesn't matter if your fans have 4-pin connectors or 3-pin connectors because the NXP-205 supports both of them. The Vantec NXP-205 can also handle some powerful fans! I hooked up my Vantec Tornado to the NXP-205 and it's working without any problems. Even though I have never had a Nexus NXP-201 (The 5.25" version) I would much rather have the NXP-205 because it takes up an unneeded 3.5" drive bay that I will never use. The only feature I wish the Nexus NXP-201 had is variable LED brightness to work side by side with the variable knobs. (i.e. The LED gets brighter when the knob is cranked up higher). Also it would of been a nice touch if they would have added a toggle switch to turn off the LED lights. I guess that just leaves us something to mod for later :) I would recommend the NXP-201 to anyone that is seeking a sleek fan controller that doesn't take up one of your 5.25" drive bays.

Pros

  • Bright Blue LED's
  • Able to adjust individual fans
  • Small (Only takes up one 3.5" drive bay)
  • Can handle up to 18 watts per channel
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • The LED's don't brighten or dim
LEGACY - OCC Recommended



  1. Introduction & Specfications
  2. Features, What's Included, & Closer Look
  3. Installation & Conclusion
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