Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller
Published: 1st May 2007 | Source: Scythe | Price: |
Author: Matthew Fogg
Hardware Acquired: Scythe
Specifications were taken directly from Scythe USA's homepage.
|Model Name: KAMA METER |
Model #: SCKM-1000
Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan Dimension: 149x42x75mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 320gTemperature Module Channels: 4
Temperature Range: 0 ~ 90? (32 ~ 194F)
Fan Channels: 4Front Panel Colors: 3 (Black, Silver, White)
Feature list taken directly from Scythe USA's homepage.
|4 Fan Controller, 4 Temperature Monitor, and Sound Controller|
Kama Meter is able to control and monitor up to 4 fans independently, 4 temperatures to meet user’s system requirement. The sound controller & display is also built-in to connect and play with your sound system.
Passive Safety - Safe Alarm Feature
To safely monitor and run your system, Kama Meter comes with the alarm feature to inform the user in case of fan malfunction. If the temperature goes below 0C(32F) or above 90C(194F), the LCD panel will blink in red and trigger the alarm. If the controlled fan speed (rpm) becomes below 400rpm, the LCD panel will blink in yellow and trigger the alarm.
Intelligent Self-Test & Storage
Kama Meter keeps the settings saved by the user in its memory, and also provides the self-testing every time you start the PC.
Selection of 3 Front Panel Colors
Selection of black, silver, and white front panel to match with your case color!
The Kama Meter comes with a healthy array of contents ranging from 3 pin fan extension cables to a full set of temperature probes. Everything in the box comes seperately bagged and nicely tied up. Let's have a look at what we have in the box:
This picture illustrates everything inside of the box including the extra faceplates and instruction pamphlet.
Scythe have done a great job in the cable department as they actually supply you with enough cables to fill all of it's available fan / temp reading ports.
You get a full set of four 3-pin fan extension cables; a set of four temperature probes, and the 4-pin molex to 4-pin floppy power adapter (the Kama Meter is powered using a floppy style power connector). Also included with the Kama Meter is a PCI audio bracket and audio patch cable which gives you the ability to control your computers speaker/output volume level directly from the Kama Meters front panel.
Something that really impressed me in this area was the fact that Scythe gives you 4 small pieces of tape which can be used to affix the temp probes sensors to your selected monitoring areas. Every other kit I've owned leaves you high and dry trying to figure out your own way to attach the temp probes... Props to Scythe for including these. In the same bag with the tape are the mounting screws as well.
One of the many great features of this monitoring and fan control kit is that it can virtually be used by anyone with any standard color case. Scythe has included a total of three colored faceplates; white (factory installed), black, and silver. The colors are very well matched to brushed aluminum cases such as the Lian Li's in silver and black.
I am still a little confused as why they included a gloss white faceplate at all as I don't know of any white faced cases (none that are popular at least). To be honest I think they would have been better off offering the third color as a gloss black or possibly even beige.
The included black faceplate is a flat black which means it does not match gloss black cases, such as the Antec piano black cases. The faceplates are all constructed from a high quality thick metal; no plastic for the Kama Meter!
Now let's have a look at how hard it is to swap out the faceplates...
Let's move on and have a further look at the Scythe Kama Meter in a little more detail...