NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review

Testing

NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review

Testing

If you're a long-time reader of OC3D (and if not, why not?) then you'll recall last year I tested the original Sentry and was surprised that an explanation of the controls was only available from their website. This has been rectified with the Sentry 2 LXE. Thankfully though, as was the case with the Sentry, everything is so well laid out and so clear that only 30 seconds of curious prodding will have you able to do everything you can do with it. Nonetheless let's quickly run you through what we can play with.

NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review

A: Touch once to set the temperature alarm value. As we all know the primary reason for all of these fans in our system is to keep everything cool. Lowering the temperatures down naturally doesn't cool as well as so being able to set an alarm to warn you if you've pushed things too far is vital. If you press it twice you get the RPM adjustments, which is the important part. It's worth noting that you can reduce by 10% until you reach 40%, at which point the next step is off. It's very useful to be able to turn a fan off entirely. If you hold it down it switches between F and C, should you be used to the alternate temperature.

B: Turns the screen off for those dark gaming moments.

C: Switches between automatic temperature based fan control and manual mode.

D and F : Touch to modify time or date.

E: Turns the sounds on and off.

G: Adjusts the selected item up or down.

As I said, it's all really obvious and as user-friendly as jelly. Everything does exactly what you'd expect and thanks to the double drive-bay height screen everything is available straight away with no need to cycle through fans or menus.

NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review

Testing the Sentry 2 LXE is as simple as you'd expect. Plug it in, attach the fans and probes and see if when you turn them up and down they respond and the temperature reported is accurate.

The fans certainly respond well with them turning off and springing into life very quickly. Using a LED fan and judging via brightness it's also clear that the Sentry 2 LXE doesn't syphon off power for itself and leave you with 9v fans instead of 12v ones even when they're at 100%.

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Most Recent Comments

04-08-2010, 07:17:49

tinytomlogan
NZXT have updated their touch-screen fan controller and we take a close look at it.

Continue Reading

05-08-2010, 10:30:50

Deshman
Jaysus I want It screams Star Trek and completely solves the problem of not being able to see the fan controller now my PC is on the floor. Perfect

05-08-2010, 12:00:12

silenthill
Im thinking of getting the Coolermaster HAF X case for my open air system and to make the rig look amazing Ill buy the NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller with it but my only concern is will it fit because I have three optical drives to go with it and Im also worried about the installation is it easy or will I be straggling with the Molex cables because the Coolermaster HAF X case has a lot of fans to be honest what I really mean will it do my head in.

05-08-2010, 13:28:55

VonBlade
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Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

Ill buy the NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller with it but my only concern is will it fit
It's external and all it takes up in your system is a spare PCI slot.

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Originally Posted by silenthill View Post


worried about the installation is it easy or will I be straggling with the Molex cables because the Coolermaster HAF X case has a lot of fans to be honest what I really mean will it do my head in.

Not at all. There is only one molex on the board itself and its positioning, as explained in the review, is such that it's the easiest fan controller installation around.

Really, you can't go wrong.

05-08-2010, 13:56:44

silenthill
thanks mate for the advice but the orange colour you used with your text almost blinded me I don't think I can see any cables after reading your message

05-08-2010, 16:57:38

VonBlade


I've no idea why it's showing as orange to people. It's black here

05-08-2010, 18:12:47

F-alienware
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Originally Posted by VonBlade View Post
As I said, it's all really obvious and as user-friendly as jelly
That made me smile

Nice review but I've really gone off of fan controllers. It's bad enough with modern PCs having so much to tinker with and adjust, but this thing would kick my OCD off terribly. I did use an NZXT controller a while back and it was terrible. This one does look more solid though.
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