BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Review

Up Close: The controller

BitFenix Recon Review

 

Up Close:  the Controller

The BitFenix Recon is designed to fit into a single 5.25" drive bay.  The thick front bezel is plastic, but is covered in the uber sexy BitFenix SoftTouch rubber.  Measureing 120mm by 25mm the touch screen itself may appear a bit on the slim side as a result of the wide bezels.  In reality, there's plenty of room on the screen for even the chubbiest of fingers to make their presence known.  A small white BitFenix and Recon Logo are the only graphics present as a result the air of demure understatedness is maintained.

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If you've ever wired up a fan controller you'll be aware that behind every fascia is a positive vipers nest of wires.  It's no different with the Recon, in fact, the better the controller, and the more features it has, the more wires you will have to deal with.  The image on the left is how the controller emerges from the packaging and does honestly look like your worst nightmare.   A few minutes spent sorting through what is actually a quite well organised bundle and you'll find that what you actually have is 5xfan header cables, 5 temperature sensor cables, a molex power cable and a USB cable.

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All the cables are of really good length and will certainly be easy enough to route and hide in all but the most massive cases.  The USB cable in particular has an interesting feature, with a plug at the half way mark on the cable for smaller cables and an additional plug at the end for use in the full tower chassis.  The Temperature sensors are of the usual thin metal strip variety that prove very easy to secrete about the place.  The rear of the PCB is well organised with componentry appearing well attached and spaced.  the quality of soldering and mounting appears good.

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12-11-2012, 05:15:20

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...110316423l.jpg

Here we take a look at the Recon, a 5 channel fan controller from BitFenix. But what would happen if all these Web connected Recons become self aware? Granted probably not world domination. Maybe just a lot of very cool PCs.


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12-11-2012, 05:39:11

SPS
The feature-price ratio looks spot on. I think this will do well for Bitfenix.

12-11-2012, 05:40:06

SieB
Might replace my NZXT Sentry mix for one of these

12-11-2012, 06:37:44

Pendragon
I have often looked a fan controllers and thought that the cheap ones were too simple and the ones with the features I would like are far too expensive. This is the first one I have seen that fits the best of both. 30 quid is worth a punt, even if it's not quite what you want or need.

12-11-2012, 12:49:37

CPMFW
nice review as always
it looks really good and for that price its a real billy bargain

12-11-2012, 12:56:05

rossi94
Well done tom

12-11-2012, 14:51:41

Master&Puppet
I was so excited about the launch of this. And then I saw 10W per channel. I cried.

13-11-2012, 16:44:46

G-Dubs
@rossi94, Wasn't Tom, was me, but thanks for the compliment none the less

@master&Puppet. Nowt wrong with 10W per channel. What was it you were hoping to do but now can't?

13-11-2012, 16:51:27

rossi94
Sorry, messed that up but nice review, thank you G-Dubs.

13-11-2012, 19:03:04

yassarikhan786
Nice review Gary. I really like the web based options.

14-11-2012, 07:13:10

Master&Puppet
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Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
@master&Puppet. Nowt wrong with 10W per channel. What was it you were hoping to do but now can't?
Nothing wrong with it per se - but I was looking to run my pumps off a fan controller so 10w wasn't going to do it for me.

It was back in April when I was looking at this and the rumours for the Recon were 25-30W per channel if remember rightly so I was disappointed when it launched with 10W. I ended up going for a Lamptron Touch.

12-12-2012, 03:11:12

rasta111
I've always been a fan of BFs watercooling line, so a fan controller @ a descent price with descent features works for me. I've gone through 4 controllers in 3 years & now have an AEROCOOL X-VISION, which has good features but the temp sensors are horrible. I guess the RECON is my next target.
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