Date: November 30th, 2004
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: Thermaltake
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PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
AI function 3 uses the included fan speed controller to manually adjust fan performance and associated noise. To enable this function, remove the jumper, attach the controller to the other plug and hook it up to the power supply.
With the controller installed in an available PCI slot in the rear of the case, you're ready to go. The leads on the controller are more than long enough to reach anywhere in even the largest cases. In operation, the knob acts more like a switch than a rheostat, allowing two speeds rather than variable speeds from low to high.
Another nice feature of this fan is LEDs. Thermaltake has added three blue LEDs to the fan to add a pleasant blue glow to the inside of the case. While not blinding, they are plenty bright and intensity remains constant when the fan changes speed.
CONCLUSIONS & AFTERTHOUGHTS
I must say that I'm very impressed with the Thermaltake Smart Case fan. The packaging, product quality and accessories are all top-notch. I used nothing more than a screwdriver to take advantage of all options and never had to dip into my collection of spare parts to get it running or installed. While the highest fan speed produced a lot of noise, the Smart Fan was fairly quiet at low speeds while still moving a very respectable volume of air. 38CFM @ 17dBA on low is nothing to sneeze at.
The accessories included in this kit make the fan very versatile, the LEDs add some visual appeal and the fan itself is quite powerful. Available from several online retailers in the $13 to $15 range, the Thermaltake Smart Case Fan also rates high in the bang-for-the-buck category. It's a pleasure to review a product that does what it claims, does it well and looks good doing it.
Hey, heat goblins! Be afraid, be very afraid.
Speed control options
Very quiet on low
Excellent hardware/accessories package
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