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NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller

robgs    -   June 18, 2007
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Features:

  • Aluminum Construction
  • Use for 5.25" Drive bays
  • Three Temperature Display for your CPU, Hard drive and Video card
  • Ability to control two fans
  • Time Alarm
  • Temperature Alarm
  • Hard Drive Activity Display

 

Testing:

To test the Sentry, I will compare the temperatures on the LCD screen to the temperatures reported by NVIDIA Monitor View.  The system has been given time to stabilize the temperatures.  We have to keep in mind that the temperatures are not going to be as accurate as what the motherboard reports, but we just want to get a feel for how far off they are and if the temperature variance is pretty constant.


Test Setup:

  • Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard
  • 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 EL Platinum ram
  • eVGA 8800GTX video card
  • 3 Seagate 320GB SATA II drives
  • LG GSA-H22L-BLK 18x DVD ROM
  • Windows XP Professional SP2

The first test is to show a baseline with the system running at idle.  The system has run for half an hour, to allow the temperatures to stabilize.


The next screen-shot shows what NVIDIA Monitor View displays for temperatures at the same period in time.


Next, I ran a single instance of Orthos to load the system.


Again NVIDIA Monitor View temperature display is shown in the screen-shot


As you can see, the information displayed on the Sentry doesn’t match exactly with what the software program reports as temperatures.  This doesn’t mean that the Sentry is wrong, or that the NVidia Monitor View is wrong.  Both systems are displaying what each respective sensor is touching, or what the ambient conditions around that sensor actually are.  The internal probes are hard wired or burned into the circuits and are able to get a more localized reading.  The Sentry has a much more general temperature reading.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Installation (Continued)
  5. Configuration
  6. Features & Testing
  7. Conclusion
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