Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller

A Closer Look and Installation

A Closer Look

The Scythe Kama Meter is extremely well constructed. Unlike many other controllers out there that feel extremely plasticy and some-what fragile, the Kama Meter simply oozes durability.

Scythe Kama Meter reverse

You can see from the above image just how well constructed the Kama Meter is. The electrolytic capacitors on the green pcb seem to be of a very high quality and the other various components equally so. There were no clear markings on the capacitors as to who the manufacturer was, so I have refrained from including a supporting image.

All of the 3-pin fan headers are clearly marked and the power connector is essentially a larger floppy connecter to prevent confusion. For a small and relatively crowded piece of real-estate, the Kama Meter is extremely well laid out and neat. Even the potentiometer (pots) wiring has received the same amount of care and attention, which adds to the overall build quality of this unit. Only the thermal connectors (to the right of the fan headers) are not labeled explicitly, which I have yet to work out why.

audio blanking plate flat audio blanking plate rear

The images above illustrate the Scythe Kama Meter's audio controller blanking plate. It has In / Out female sockets to accept the audio out plug coming straight from your motherboard. The 4 pins that you can see on the rear of the card connect directly to the Kama Meter itself and allows for volume adjustment from the front of the unit.

Installation

Installation of the Scythe Kama Meter is an absolute breeze and requires only 4 small screws to fasten it into one of your drive bays. I do have one area to pick here though! In this day and age where end-users and enthusiasts alike are increasingly using case windows to show off their hardware, it would be nice to see a little sleeving on the extension cables instead of the usual yellow/red and black. The last thing 'bling' fanatics would really want is the additional wiring which would stick out like a sore thumb. Admittedly it is a small gripe, but with increasing numbers of fan manufacturers sleeving their cables we have grown to expect a little extra. Plus it makes the product look finished.

I have taken the liberty of not including an image of the installed audio controller in my review setup as I have a rear mounted radiator that won't permit a clean shot worthy of being included in the review. I have however included a shot from my aircooled AMD case which is a little less cluttered at the rear (so you get the idea). If you use onboard sound then you may find this feature useful for adjusting the volume of your music or gaming. But with the majority of people chosing to use a dedicated sound card, the audio controller will not be utilised and would simply provide additional case clutter.

audio controller in-situ

Scythe Kama Meter installation

The Scythe Kama Meter looks right at home in the front of my PC don't you think? And the black faceplate matches reasonably well with the matt-black finish on the drive covers.
Scythe Kama Meter installed

Firing up my PC I was greeted with a vibrant display of colours thanks to the Kama Meter's auto colour change mode.

Scythe Kama Meter Colour Display

(Please click the above image to see a short video file of the available colours - QuickTime required)

The display of colours avaible with the Kama Meter are as follows - Blue, Purple, Sapphire, Green, Orange-Green, Red and Violet. I have included an image which illustrates perfectly what information the Scythe Kama Meter will report back to you - the owner.

Scythe Kama Meter explained

You can see from the above image just how much monitoring information the Kama Meter provides, and the interface is very clean and uncluttered.

Now let's put the Kama Meter through its paces and see how it performs...
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Most Recent Comments

01-05-2007, 09:24:35

PV5150
Looking for a solid and reliable fan controller? Scythe has got it covered...

Linky

01-05-2007, 09:47:19

FragTek
w00tski, thanks for finishing this up for me mate, appreciate it tons!!

01-05-2007, 09:49:37

PV5150
Not a problem mate

01-05-2007, 10:01:20

FarFarAway
Link amended, review made live on live new site

01-05-2007, 10:10:11

PV5150
Thanks Kemp

01-05-2007, 10:20:42

Raging
noice

going to have a nice read on this now as i am looking at getting one myself.

cheers.

01-05-2007, 13:07:44

Pat123
Aye ive got one, does exactly as it says, was well worth the buy, however wont go into my new aurora case due to its tooless design lol..

01-05-2007, 13:40:56

Toxcity
OOoooo! That thing is fooking lovely!

01-05-2007, 18:46:42

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Pat123'
Aye ive got one, does exactly as it says, was well worth the buy, however wont go into my new aurora case due to its tooless design lol..
The plastic clamp things that they have in the 5.25" bays should just pop out mate.

01-05-2007, 18:55:58

macgamesrule
My Tsunami came with some plastic toolless thing to hold the PCI cards... I took it out since the 7800GT was too big for it. Good ol regular screw holes underneath

02-05-2007, 15:25:12

CleanOldMan
Matthew Fogg, would love to see pictures of your water cooled system, no matter how badly it looks.

02-05-2007, 15:31:45

FarFarAway
Check our Rig Gallery then mate - Aquaus is in there

here

17-12-2007, 08:58:05

Mandible
I just bought one of these, ad i am wondering, will it control my arctic cooling freezer pro, as it is a PMW fan. Or will it only control standard fans.

17-12-2007, 09:43:20

llwyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mandible'
I just bought one of these, ad i am wondering, will it control my arctic cooling freezer pro, as it is a PMW fan. Or will it only control standard fans.
If it uses electricity a fan controller will adjust it

By PMW do you mean PWM? as in pulse width modulation motors? if this is the case you can adjust them through a basic vr, but this will reduce the torque as well and so have a further negative effect on airflow.
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