Few things are worse than having an excessively loud computer. Not only does it detract from the overall style of the computer, but it can be a serious nuisance to anyone in the same room as the machine. There are a few things one can do to prevent having an overly loud PC. You could either buy slow, quiet fans or you could purchase a fan controller. The second choice is probably best, as it allows you to ramp your fans up and get that much needed cooling power when you have a reason to use it, or keep your fans quiet when it’s not needed.
Review Sample Provided by: NZXT
Product Name/Link to Website: Sentry 3
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.
The Sentry 3 comes in a small cardboard box which is wrapped in clear cellophane. The front of the packaging features an image of the Sentry 3 in action. As you can see from the front of the packaging there are 5 channels with up to 15 watts per channel available to control your fans. In case you hadn’t figured it out, the Sentry 3 fits into an empty 5.25″ drive bay.
Lastly, the sides of the box have a specifications chart. One thing you’ll notice is that NZXT has decided to put a 2 year warranty on the Sentry 3. That’s a pretty lengthy warranty, so it should provide some peace of mind that you’ll have this fan controller for some time to come.
|Dimensions||129mm x 31mm|
|Material||Steel, ABS Plastic, Capacitive Touchscreen, PCB|
|Fan Connector||3-Pin or 4-Pin|
|Finish||Textured Injected Plastic|
|Included Accessories||4x M3 Screws|
|Form Factor||Single Bay 5.25″|
|Connections||1x Molex, 1x Temperature Sensor, 5x PWM Male Fan Connectors|
|Maximum Combined Wattage||75 Watts|
|Brightness Levels||On / Off|
|Control Modes||Manual / Performance / Quiet|
|Fan Channel Quantity||5 Channels|
|Fan Channel Wattage||15 Watts|
|Temperature Range||0 to 120°C|
|Minimum Power To Fans||0%|
|Screen Size||5.4 Inches|
|Screen Type||Capacitive Touch|
|Fan Control Method||Voltage|