NZXT Sentry 2 LXE Fan Controller Review
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.
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.
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%.