NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller ReviewThe Smith - August 14, 2008
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Each and every computer needs to be adequately cooled. There exist many ways of doing this, but most of them are cooled using air, which is powered by fans. However, if the fans are not adequately controlled, this cooling method can be quite noisy, or not perform as well as it could, because quiet operation does not always go together with performance. Moreover, you need a way to watch your computer temperatures, especially if you are an overclocker, as they can become fatal to your hardware.
This is why a fan controller and temperature probes are a must. These will allow you to watch your computer temperatures carefully, in addition to having absolute control over the cooling system. A device that combines all these functions is the Sentry LX, an aluminum high performance fan controller made by NZXT. This is the second version of the Sentry, since the first one was released in 2007; its review can be found here. The new one features five temperature probes and can control up to five fans, automatically or manually. The control unit is inserted into two adjacent empty drive bays, and shows all the information on a LCD screen. So, let's go see how the Sentry LX compares to its predecessor.
The Sentry LX is packaged in a simple yet attractive cardboard box. Naturally, there is a picture of it on the front, on a white background. On the back, the detailed specifications can be read. NZXT also tells us that the Sentry LX has an LCD display with an intuitive interface, and that it is easy to use and install. We'll see if it's true.
The unit is hung right in the middle of the box by two foam blocks, one on each side. It is wrapped in a plastic bag; however, it's not an anti-static one. The accessories can be found in a separate bag, which we will see in the next few pictures.
Obviously, there is a user's manual supplied. You also get a 3v lithium battery, two spare temperature probes with their wires, and a few orange stickers. You'll ask what those are for, huh? Well, I wondered myself for a long time; there is nothing said in the manual about them. I finally discovered that these are the plastic stickers for the temperature probes.