CrystalFontz USB LCD CFA635

The Panel + SCAB

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 07/05/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: CrystalFontz

The Panel and SCAB

First let me explain what SCAB means.The SCAB is the System Cooling Accessory Board. It basically hooks up all of the fan headers, temperature monitors and power connectors to the LCD. Its a nifty little module and Crystalfontz have provided all you'll need to get it going.

I've unpacked everything by now and taken a good look at it. This is when I get start getting a feel for the unit.

The build quality is very high and the LCD feels pretty solid despite it having a fairly fragile PCB attatched to it. The mounting bracket is nice and solid metal and the black brushed aluminium front panel has the very look of quality. Crystalfontz have put a plastic cover over the screen to keep it intact for the journey and this adds to the overall feel that you are getting a quality product.

CFA635 Front view

The rear view of the SCAB shows the connections and the well-made PCB. The 3.5", 16 Pin cable that connects the SCAB is already put in place for you and the SCAB is attatched to the backplate firmly with a piece of plastic on the bottom to stop anything untoward happening to the soldering points.

CFA635 Back view

As you can see - nice and solid construction.

The front aluminium panel is finished very nicely brushed in black. There is also a silver finish available. The buttons on the front are plastic with a kind of soft-touch rubber feel to them. They're very tactile and feel positive to press - though perhaps an Aluminium finish may have completed the look.

CFA635 Front view

Onto Installation...
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