Scythe Kaze Master Fan Controller

Introduction

Introduction  Scythe logo
 
Scythe are a name synonymous with aftermarket cooling products that work well out of the box and usually have the looks to match. Around the middle of last year we were given the opportunity to review the Scythe Kama Meter Fan Controller which was a great performing little unit.  While the Kama Meter had a few small flaws, it still manages to be quite a popular fan controller. Here's part of what I had to say about the Scythe Kama Meter:
 
Admittedly, I had a couple of niggles with Scythe regarding the non-provision of sleeved cabling and the extreme temperatures required for the alarm to sound in the event of heat problems should they arise. I believe that the rectification of these issues would make the Scythe Kama Meter an extremely well rounded contender for any enthusiasts dollar. And I should clarify that the Kama Meter as it stands now, even with these issues is still well worth a solid look. And cable sleeving kits really aren't that expensive.
 
Scythe Kaze MasterToday, Overclock3D has been given the opportunity to take a look at Scythe's latest addition to their fan controller line - the Scythe Kaze Master. The Scythe Kaze Master, like the Kama Meter, is both a fan controller and a temperature monitoring device. The Kaze Master is able to control and monitor up to 4 fans, and monitor the temperatures of 4 items independently. Let's see what Scythe has to say about the Kaze Master:
 
Stylish 3.5inch / 5.25inch Multi Channel Fan Controller to control up to 2 fans(3.5inch) / 4 fans(5.25inch), and display up to 2 temperature (3.5inch) / 4 temperature (5.25inch) figures. Passive safety alarm feature is build-in to safely monitor and protect your systems! You have also “fan stop function” by turning the knob to counter-clockwise all the way to stop the fan. Not to forget the stylish wide view angle and high contrast VFD display to provide clear viewing.
 
As you can see the Scythe Kaze Master comes in both 3.5" and 5.25" flavours and features a VFD display which should provide a nice, bright and easily viewable screen. Let's begin the review by taking a look at the specifications:
 
Model Name: Kaze Master 5.25 (5.25inch Version)

Model Number:
KM01-BK (Black)
KM01-SL (Silver)

Manufacturer: Scythe Co., Ltd. Japan

Dimension: 148.5 x 42.5 x 63 mm (WxHxD)

Display Dimension: 114 x 20 mm

DC Input: 5V or 12V (From PC Power Supply)

Fan Adjustment Range: 3.7V (±10%) ï½Å¾ 12V (±10%)

Fan Channel: 4

Maximum Fan Ampere per Channel: 1A per channel

Fan Speed Range: 0  - 7500rpm (Display Range: 30rpm Incremental)
* Package indicates the maximum range as 9990rpm, but the actual range is 7500rpm.

Temperature Module Channel: 4

Temperature Range: 0 - 100°C / 32 - 199.9°F

Measurement Frequency: Every 2 Seconds

Weight: 165g
 
You will notice that I have only included the specifications for the 5.25" Scythe Kaze Master; simply because the 5.25" version is the one I'm reviewing. The 3.5" specifications aren't that far removed from that of the larger unit, but if you'd like to see them they can be found here.
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Most Recent Comments

03-07-2008, 09:13:29

ionicle
good review, and a nice looking unit

just a bit too expensive i would recon..

if the price came down to around 25 quid, i would seriously consider it...Quote

03-07-2008, 09:23:57

PV5150
Thanks ionicle. Although the Kaze Master may seem out of your price range, I do think it's a fair priceQuote

03-07-2008, 09:43:38

JN
Great review dude and nice looking fan controller. Shame it won't tame my 2.5amp Delta beasts Quote

03-07-2008, 10:00:04

PV5150
Thanks mate, tis nice. Yeah the Kaze is well out of the league of those Delta's though Quote

03-07-2008, 10:56:00

Kerotan
I've got one of these, had it for a couple of weeks, and the Display went this morning when I switched on- i'd sleeved all the cables for it last night and it was working fine when I went to bed I've sent an email to CCL about exchanging it, I'm hoping I was just unlucky cos I really liked it, it's a right pain though cos if they will replace it I'm gonna have to undo all my hard work with the braiding to send it back.Quote
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