Date: October 11th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Aerocool
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The touch screen is protected by plastic film, but you can still appreciate the brushed aluminum finish of the front panel accented by the diamond-cut “frame” around the screen. I/O ports are arranged along the bottom and the side plates are drilled and tapped for trouble free mounting in most cases.
Temperatures are communicated to the Touch 2000 via four thermistors that can be secured to the target devices with the included yellow adhesive tapes. AeroCool also includes two extra thermistors should the user experience a failure, a very welcome addition to an already generous feature set. A bag of screws is also included to mount the device in a case. The power cables and thermistor leads come pre-installed, leaving the user to connect the I/O cables on the headers at the bottom of the bottom of the panel.
Power for the device is supplied by a 4-pin Molex pass through connector, and four 3-pin connectors allow monitoring and control of a like number of fans. Fan channel #1 also features support for CPU PWM fans. If your case has 4-pin Molex fans, you won't be able to take advantage of RPM monitoring, although fan speed can be tweaked with the addition of a 3- to 4-pin adapter, which is not included. Cabling and thermistor leads are generous in length and can easily be routed out of the way in most chassis'.
I/O cabling consists of an audio cable supporting both AC'97 and HD Audio (Azalia) formats, a USB cable and an e-SATA cable. All of these will require an available motherboard header, but the otherwise complete instruction manual lacks pinout information.
Let's get right to the installation phase.