Silverstone CMD01-ESA Review

CMD01-ESA Review

The Silverstone CMD01 Commander ESA Edition (CMD01-ESA) is a 5-channel, 6 watt per channel automatic fan controller. It fits in a 5.25" drive bay, and is available in both black and silver. One of the caveats that should be mentioned is that this … [Continue reading]

STW-ICR-022: First Impressions


Introduction I recently came across an inexpensive fan controller on eBay, so I thought I would buy it and share some of my thoughts on installation. The controller is made by Sunshine Tipway Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. (STW), a Hong Kong-based … [Continue reading]

Lamptron FC10 Review

Lamptron FC10 Review

A fan controller that combines aesthetics and functionality, the FC10 offers up to 30 watts per channel (with a total of 4 channels). It also features a remote control (for controlling the display), and the special edition has interchangeable … [Continue reading]

Hardware Roundup: 6-7-2013

Hardware Roundup: 6-5-2013

This week was the week of the Computex trade show (June 3-7) in Taipei, Taiwan, and as a result, a lot of new products were unveiled. In fact, it may be too much for this installment of the Hardware Roundup, so I may post a second installment later … [Continue reading]

Lian-Li PT-FN04 Review

Lian-Li PT-FN04 Review

The Lian-Li PT-FN04 is a 6-channel, 6 watt per channel manual fan controller. It fits in a single 5.25" drive bay. The exterior is made of anodized black aluminum, and this controller will look great in a black case. It is rather expensive for a … [Continue reading]

Zalman ZM-MFC3 Review


  The Zalman ZM-MFC3 is a 4-channel, 8 watt per channel manual fan controller. It fits into a 5.25" drive bay, and has an LCD display. It is an improved version of the Zalman ZM-MFC3. One thing that makes this unit unusual is that unlike most … [Continue reading]

BitFenix Hydra Pro Review

BitFenix Hydra Pro

The BitFenix Hydra Pro is a 5-channel, 30 watt per channel manual fan controller. It fits into a 5.25" drive bay, and is compatible with virtually any chassis with a free 5.25" bay. Unlike the Bitfenix Recon, which sports a touchscreen interface, the … [Continue reading]

Fan Controller Buying Guide

Fan Controller Buying Guide - Xigmatek CSF-CBK33-U01

Introduction In the course of compiling reviews for this site, it occurred to me that that while the list of specifications for a fan controller are potentially quite long, the same handful of features tend to be emphasized on manufacturers' websites … [Continue reading]

BitFenix Recon Review

Best fan controller: Bitfenix Recon

The BitFenix Recon is a 5-channel, 10 watt per channel manual/automatic fan controller. It has an LCD touchscreen which is used to monitor and control the system's fans, fits in a 5.25" drive bay, and retails at around $40 (the current Amazon price … [Continue reading]

Hardware Roundup: 5-31-2013

Hardware roundup

Sandisk Sampling Second Generation Flash Memory Sandisk announced it has begun customer sampling flash memory based on 1Y nm process technology, the second-generation of its 19 nm process technology. With this iteration, SanDisk takes its memory … [Continue reading]