Thermaltake Commander F5 Multi Fan Controller ReviewWaco -
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Thermaltake Commander F5 Multi Fan Controller Conclusion:
Overall the Thermaltake Commander F5 is a bit of a mixed bag. I had low expectations given that it is an extremely affordable fan controller, but the fit and finish of the unit did exceed those expectations; the Commander F5 doesn't feel cheap once installed. The low minimum output voltage of four volts does allow for fans to spin at extremely slow speeds for nice and quiet computing, although users will have to be careful since most high-performance fans won't even start to spin at such low voltages from a dead stop. This requires one to remember to crank the fans up at boot and then slow them down once they've started. At the other end of the noise spectrum we have the low maximum output voltage of 10.5 volts – which does keep the noise down, but limits fan performance at the same time. As fan controllers are supposed to provide users with both extremes, I was quite disappointed by the upper voltage limit.
Even keeping the low cost in mind I just felt like the Commander F5 missed the mark, if only just slightly. It will provide you with the ability to throttle back your obnoxious fans (assuming they aren't over eight watts) for a measly $20. If you blew your budget buying fast fans and you cannot stand the noise, the Thermaltake Commander F5 might deserve a home at the front of your case. Just don't point it at your bed since the lights will blind you even in your sleep!
- Smooth controls
- Low (4V) minimum output voltage
- Good fit and finish
- SHORT power cable
- Low (~10.5V) maximum output voltage
- Low (eight watt) output per channel
- Bright LEDs can't be turned off