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NZXT Sentry 3 Touch Screen Fan Controller Review

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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.

Spinning the box around, there are two graphics of the fan controller itself as well as a text blurb that outlines some of the features of the Sentry 3.

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.

The Sentry 3 comes with a user manual, and an extra temperature sensor. The Sentry 3 comes with 5 pre-attached PWM fan connectors, which are removable when not needed.


Model NumberAC-SEN-3-B1
Dimensions129mm x 31mm
MaterialSteel, ABS Plastic, Capacitive Touchscreen, PCB
Fan Connector3-Pin or 4-Pin
FinishTextured Injected Plastic
Included Accessories4x M3 Screws
Form FactorSingle Bay 5.25″
Connections1x Molex, 1x Temperature Sensor, 5x PWM Male Fan Connectors
Maximum Combined Wattage75 Watts
Brightness LevelsOn / Off
Control ModesManual / Performance / Quiet
Fan Channel Quantity5 Channels
Fan Channel Wattage15 Watts
Temperature Range0 to 120°C
Minimum Power To Fans0%
Screen Size5.4 Inches
Screen TypeCapacitive Touch
Fan Control MethodVoltage
Warranty2 Years

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  1. Thanks for the great review, it has helped me make my decision between this and the Bitfenix Recon. I’ll be buying the NZXT today!

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