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NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller Review

nVidia_Freak    -   August 28, 2011
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Testing:

Testing Setup:

  • Processor: Phenom II x6 1055T @ 3.43 (245x14 1.32V)
  • CPU Cooling: Noctua NH-C12P-SE14
  • CPU Fan: Noctua NF-P14
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
  • Memory: Mushkin Redline 996996 PC317000 @ 1632 9-9-9-25-34 2T
  • Video Card: XFX HD6970 2GB + BFG 8800GT (PhysX)
  • Soundcard: ESI Juli@
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
  • Power Supply: XFX BE 850W
  • Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
  • Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mix

Comparison Fan Controller(s):

Build Quality:

The Sentry Mix is sturdy and does not feel cheap or brittle. The rubber-finished plastic faceplate attracts smudges and stains slightly more than one of a plain plastic or metal construction, although it's of negligible importance. All the LEDs function and provide just the right amount of diffused light for all environments. Unfortunately, as with my previously reviewed fan controllers, both the potentiometers and the slider coverings are not created equally. Two of the potentiometers on the sample I received required noticeably more force to move than the others, and one required noticeably less. The covers wiggled some on the potentiometers and no two wiggled the same, including one which wiggled considerably more than the rest. Although these do not affect the final result given by the controller, it's a slight annoyance that makes itself known every time I adjust a pot. A tighter variance between them would be quite welcome.

Functionality:

Functionally, the Sentry Mix is, well, functional. It does what it's supposed to and I have no complaints about it. Despite their structural differences, all the sliders move within the same physical range and provide the same amount of adjustment. The LED color selection button is a tad more recessed than is necessary, and were it raised just a little out from the faceplate, it would be much more comfortable. Just as with the Sentry Mesh, the Sentry Mix allows amps to course through its veins at no less than 4.8V. So, no matter what, the fans are spinning and keeping things from going "pop" in the night. Remembering which fan is controlled by which pot is easy since the cables and sliders are numerically labeled. I'm also pleased to see the sliders marked along with the cables to make setup and adjustments as easy as can be. The decision to make the Sentry Mix a six channel controller was an excellent one, as, six is just the right number for the amount of fans most modern cases support. All but the most fan-crazed of you out there will be satisfied, but those users will likely be purchasing more than one controller anyway! On top of the number of channels, is the amount of power that can be delivered to each one. 50 Watts to each channel ought to feed the largest, most powerful case fan(s) you can find. All said and done, the Sentry Mix provides a little bit of tasteful glamor, a lot of functionality, and a whole lot of power to get you there.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Installation
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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