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Date: June 6th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Kingwin Inc.

 

PRODUCT COMPOSITION, INSTALLATION & SETUP


Kingwin Multifunction Transfer Panel
FTP-01S



Here is the actual panel before installation which illustrates the multitude of connectors that are within easy reach after installation.



And to allow all the connections in the front, here are all the cables to extend your connections which are normally located at the back of your computer and are really a pain in the a** to get at most of the time. Also included is the install manual, the slot pass-through plug, some zip-ties to tidy things up and the necessary screws and stickers for installation in the 51/4" bay and attaching the heat sensor to the appropriate part of your computer you want to temperature monitor.




Now to install the front ports, just remove one of your PCI card slot plugs and install the included pass-through plug. Attach the cables you want to passthrough to the front, in my case it's the line-in, the microphone and the USB ports, and push the ends which connect to the back of the transfer panel through the opening.



Now, to complete this section, just connect them to the back of the transfer panel and move on to attaching the temperature sensor.




Now, being a hardware reviewer, there are lots of computer components I would like to monitor for temperature values. For example, if my system and/or videocard overclocking isn't going well, I might want to monitor the temperature of my northbridge chipset or maybe my videocard GPU. In this review today, I used it to monitor my videocard GPU.




All that you have to do is extend the cord on the temp sensor to the appropriate length to reach your videocard, lay down the sensor on the back of the GPU and attach it with one of the included stickers. Now, I found the stickers to be rather pointless, after affixing the sensor, I turned on my system, and the side intake blew the sensor off the card. I think a bigger sticker or some kind of removable silicone glue would be a better option. I myself got sick of it blowing off and affixed it with hot glue.



Just to check to see if the sensor was working properly, I squeezed it between my fingers and found myself indeed amongst the living crowd and warm-blooded =).



Now, all that is left is to install it in your 51/4" bay and enjoy the easy temperature monitoring and access to your computer ports.

 

 


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