Vantec Nexus (NXP-305-SL) ReviewInput Devices, Modding
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: September 23, 2003
: Vantec USA
: Vantec USA
Price: $39 USD +/-
IntroductionToday we'll be taking a look at a new Nexus product from Vantec; The Nexus 305. What makes the 305 so different from the 205, 201, and 101 models that we have reviewed in the past? Unlike the others that only contol fans, the Nexus 305 is a "Fan & Light Controller". That's right, in addition to controlling your fans, you now have the ability to adjust 2 Cold Cathode Florescent Lights (CCFL).
Company ProfileFounded in 1994, Vantec is recognized as one of the premier thermal solutions leaders. They are devoted to manufacturing and developing total PC solutions for every computer user, from mainstream to enthusiast. Utilizing their technical expertise and innovative designs, they are constantly expanding their product line to offer advanced computer peripheral to meet the personal and industrial needs of modern computer users. Their primary goal is to create viable solutions to satisfy the consumer’s needs. Offering complete and affordable ways to upgrade and maintain your personal computer, Vantec is a name you can trust for quality and reliability.
At Vantec, their mission is to produce the best thermal solutions on the market.
Adhering to the theory of both form and functionality, Vantec has the end-user’s best interest in mind. Though the computer scene is constantly changing, you can rely on Vantec to provide quality components to improve, enhance, and insure your computing experience.
Fan Controller SpecificationsMaterial: Aluminum
Input Voltage: 12V
Output Voltage: 0V ~ 12V
Output Current: Up to 1.5A
Optimal Wattage: Up to 18 Watts
Outline Dimension: 102 x 25.5 x 120 mm
Weight: 120 gm (0.002 lbs)
Cold Cathode Light SpecificationsOutput Voltage: 0V ~ 580V
Output Current: 5.00 � 0.03mA
Optimal Wattage: Up to 2.9 Watts
Outline Dimension: 323 mm (12.72 in)
Luminance: 5800 nit
Life: 15,000 hrs
Nexus 305 Features3 Channel Aluminum Fan Controller
18 Watts per Channel
Control Voltage From 0V to 12V
Manually Adjust From Full Speed to Off
Great For Vantec Tornado Fans and Other High CFM Fans
Built-In Dual CCFL Inverter With Light Control
Adjust CCFLs To On, Off, or Sound Activated
Compatible With Vantec Spectrum Cold Cathode Lights
Stylish Aluminum Housing With Ultra-Bright LED Lights
Fits In A Standard 3.5" Drive Bay
A Closer Look
Here you see the box that the Nexus 305 comes in, everything is packed away nicly inside.
Included in the Nexus 305's package was:
Here we can see all the wires, and other items that come with the nexus. - One of the draw backs to the previous models of the nexus, is it came with a couple 4 pin connectors and a couple 3 pin connectors. Vantec has rectified that problem, by making all of the fan connectors a 3 pin/4 pin mix.
The Goodies - Out of The Box
Here you can see a close up of the 3 pin/4 pin connectors. In the instruction booklet, Vantec states to use only one of the ends. Meaning use the 3 pin or the 4 pin, not both. I used both, and as long as you don't hit the 18W mark, you should be safe.
On the back view, you can see the 5 connectors. They are for (left to right) 2x CCFL, 3x Fan, and lastly power. The PCB is a pretty blue, and runs the entire length of the aluminum housing. At the very end of the PCB is the power inverter used by the CCFLs, notice it's protected by a plastic shell. You do not want to touch this.
Once again, Vantec USA has created another great product. It's ability to control fans from off to full speed is a great ability that was missing from the other Nexus models. Add that to the ability to control case lighting and you've got a winner. If you were to buy a 12" dual CCFL kit and a fan controller separately, you'd be spending in the upwards of $50.00, with the NXP-305-x you get the dual CCFLs and a fan controller for about $40.00, it is really a great deal. Like always, Vantec has produced a silver version as well as a black version for those of you with black cases. Also, for those of you who own Vantec's spectrum CCFLs, they will work with the NXP-305-x, allowing you to go from the included blue CCFLs to red, blue, green, or ultra-violet.
As with any product, there is always some down points about it, and the NXP-305-x is no exception. The main downside, which some people may actually like, is the strobe effect caused by fans. This of course is less of a problem as the fans are moved further away form the Nexus. I managed to run 2x 80mm Tornado fans in my Lian Li PC70 case with only a small strobe effect.