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As we all know, packaging for a product is extremely important. There is nothing worse then receiving a new piece of hardware and finding out that it was damaged during shipment. Even the smaller products need to be carefully protected in some form or another. I was pleased to see that NZXT took precautions with the Sentry 2. Rather then shipping the Sentry 2 loosely in the box, it was carefully wrapped in a red bag with Styrofoam placed around its edges. All the wires attached to the Sentry 2 were carefully placed inside the red bag as well. Also in the box was a bag of extra goodies and a somewhat sad excuse for a manual.
The Sentry 2 itself doesn't look anything like I was expecting. It didn't have multiple barrels, or a chain of bullets coming out of its side. I guess I should have been thinking about a fan controller, rather then the sentry gun in Team Fortress 2. The Sentry 2 looks like it will easily fit in a single 5.25" drive bay, compared to the Sentry LX version which occupies two bays. It also looks like it has truck loads of temperature sensors and Molex connectors extruding from it. This is something I really like to see, because I've got a lot of fans that need controlling.
Flipping the Sentry 2 over allows you to see its PCB. On it you can see the cylinder shaped alarm, which is similar to those you'd find on motherboards. You'll also see where the temperature sensors and fan connectors attach to the Sentry 2's control board. What was a little surprising to me was its appearance. It looks as though many of the components were hot glued to the PCB. Also glued to the PCB were the temperature sensor and fan connector cables. It would have been nice if these were removable, just in case you didn't want to use all 5 sensors or didn't have 5 fans.
There is a plethora of temperature sensors and fan connectors, which should allow for some serious temperature control. The fan connectors are two-fold. You can use them to provide power to your fans via Molex or a 3pin connector. This is important for those of you that have multiple types of fans in your case. The temperature sensors are also simple to use. Simply place them where you want the temperatures to be read. If you would like one to record CPU temps, you'll have to wedge it as close to the bottom of your heat sink as possible, preferably between some fins. The Sentry 2 is powered by a separate Molex connector.
Inside the Sentry 2's extra bag of goodies you'll receive two extra temperature sensors, some adhesive tape, and a small bag of screws.
Now let's install the Sentry 2, and see how well it works.