Super Flower Fan Master SF-609

Appearance & Setup

Appearance

Monitoring temperatures and allowing the user to adjust the fan speed pretty much sums up the function of most fan controllers on the market. The only way manufacturers manage to separate themselves from the rest of the crowd is with looks - and I can certainly attest to seeing some wacky designs over the past few years.

Super Flower SF-609 Front Super Flower SF-609 Back

The SF-609 is built on a rugged steel frame with the front of the unit being a combination of clear acrylic plastic and anodised aluminium with hex bolts holding everything together. All buttons and knobs on the unit are made out of plastic, but feel fairly sturdy and don't exhibit any of the 'tackiness' often felt on other fan controllers.

SF-690 PCB SF-609 PCB

Around the back of the SF-609 we have headers for four 3-pin fans, a single floppy connector for power and an array of 6 pins for use with the included thermal probes.

Super Flower SF-609 Front Super Flower SF-609 Red

Changing the plexiglass and aluminium panels on the front of the unit is a doddle and can be performed by unscrewing the four hex bolts on the front of the display. The panels then simply lift off, making it very easy to change the look of the unit without even needing to remove it from your PC case one it's installed. The only minor gripe I have with this feature is that it's very easy for dust to find its way in between the plexiglass and aluminium panels requiring regular cleaning to look its best.


Setup

Not much can really be said about the installation of the SF-609 as it is pretty much fool proof. Simply connect your fan cables to the back of the unit, place the thermal probes in positions on around your PC where they are needed and install the screen in the same way as you would a CD-ROM drive or other 5.25" device.

Super Flower SF-609 Installed

The unit fitted perfectly flush in my Silverstone TJ03 aluminium case, and more to the point I was even still able to close the case's drive bay door thanks to the SF-609 having fairly stubby knobs. While on the subject of knobs, let's have a look at what each of the buttons and dials on the front of the SF-609 is responsible for:

T Button: Toggles between the four temperature sensors (CPU, Hard Disk, Case & Power Supply).
F Button: Toggles the RPM readout from each of the four fan headers on the unit.
C Button: Changes the screen colour. 6 colour modes, Auto mode (changes colour every 3 seconds) and Off.
T + C Buttons: Clear all custom settings and return unit back to manufacturers defaults.
T + F Buttons: Adjust alarm temperature of the four sensors. This setting is saved in the device even after power failure.
Fan Knobs: Turn clockwise or anti-clockwise to increase or decrease the speed of the fans. With the knob turned fully to the left the voltage output is ~6.0v, fully to the right gives ~12.0v.

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Most Recent Comments

18-02-2007, 15:35:18

JN
Ok, so this may not be the newest product out on the market - but it's still worthy of a review

Linkage

18-02-2007, 16:09:50

NickS
Nice fan controller & review XMS

18-02-2007, 18:34:11

Toxcity
Nice reveiw as always!

Is your CPu really running 65oC?

18-02-2007, 18:35:37

Xerin
Isn't this just a repackaged Akasa AK FC-03 Fan Controller Pro? 'Cause they seem identical to me apart from the acrylic face plate and packaging?

18-02-2007, 18:55:01

deathwish

18-02-2007, 20:01:08

FarFarAway
Or the akasa is a rebadged Super Flower...which is quite likely

18-02-2007, 22:07:19

FragTek
First page, 3rd pic in the right column links to the incorrect image

Cool product I must say, tiz always good to have a powerful trustworthy fan contoller.

19-02-2007, 06:26:54

Xerin
Anyway it's still a good fan controller no matter who makes it. I just put the black face plate in front of the acrylic one for a more stealthy look. It was too shiny for me the other way around.

19-02-2007, 07:14:22

BUFF
I've had an Akasa one for years (& I too have the brushed black on the outside as it matched my black alu case better)

27-02-2007, 05:30:09

Mr. Smith
Nice review Jim, kinda sold on it tbh - I noticed the controller goes from ~6v - ~12v. I am contemplating using the Delta EFB1212SHE like in the review - do you know what cfm/db the fans produce at 6v? Cheers.

P.S The 'forum' link in the review seems to be dead!

27-02-2007, 05:43:31

JN
Cheers dude I'll sort that out.

I couldn't really say what CFM they push at 6v, but I turn mine right down when I want to watch a movie. The only sound I can hear form my PC then is the NB and GPU fans.

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Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Nice review Jim, kinda sold on it tbh - I noticed the controller goes from ~6v - ~12v. I am contemplating using the Delta EFB1212SHE like in the review - do you know what cfm/db the fans produce at 6v? Cheers.

P.S The 'forum' link in the review seems to be dead!
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