Thermaltake come to grips with the various segments that are associated with the computer components.
The range includes liquid cooling system, closed-circuit cooling system, air cooling system, as well as housing, power supply units and various accessories. At last we are today and we focus your attention, rather, on one particular device, which is a multifunctional complex – THERMALTAKE COMMANDER F6.
Controllers fans or the so-called computer fan control – have always been the lot of a narrow range of consumers. Typically, such devices are in demand from modders, aesthetes and lovers of silence. But most are not willing to pay more for such a device, since it is not necessary for the functioning of the computer. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that most of the functionality is able to provide the average motherboard, which is currently able to control the operation of fans and temperature display with built-in sensors and specialized software.
What can offer Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB? This controller has a very broad functionality that goes beyond the bounds of the motherboard features. In addition, by placing the front part of the body, you get to the most quick and easy adjustment of the required parameters than using proprietary utility motherboard. The only caveat, which may stop the purchase of such a device, it is the price.
The device is equipped with beautifully designed packaging made of cardboard. On the front of the mentioned support RGB backlight for the display, as well as the presence of the six channels, load up to 30 watts per channel and a wide range of variation of the supply voltage. On the reverse side is a complete specification, including the transfer of the supplied.
The package includes: multi-function controller Commander F6 RGB, set of cables, Quick start guide, a brochure with warranty and four screws for attaching to 5.25 “should also be noted that the device is packed in soft foam form on both sides, and the screen is covered with a transparent. film.
Computer fan control housing is made of high-quality textured plastic. The front part is a display for displaying relevant parameters. Handles made of metal and provided with a texture for easy adjustment.
The dimensions of the device are 90 x 150 x 43 mm. Installation is made in free housing slot 5.25. “And here we are faced with some limitations. Firstly, thanks to the regulating knobs can be difficult to use such a device with cases where the front panel is provided with a door. Gap in this case is usually not enough. Second, in many modern buildings are no compartments 5.25 “, so with such models use computer fan control will not work.
Let us consider more closely the device of the regulator. At external examination may be noted tight installation and workmanship.
In total there are 6 channels, permitted load up to 30 W per channel. Each channel is given: FET FQP 50N06, choke heat shrinkage, electrolytic capacitor with a capacity of 330 microfarads, 16B and SS14 diode. The controls are represented by four walkover and two variable resistors. With the encoder, we are able to fine-tune settings and unambiguous. A variable resistor used on the channels where improved accuracy when changing settings is not required. Also, it should be noted the presence of the speaker is notified, which acts as alarm, the parameters are outside the specified range.
Consider connectivity. For six fans in the kit has six wires. Connection is made via a 3-pin connector on the controller board, and on the other hand, we attach the fans to the connectors 3 or 4 pins. Moreover, there is also a cable to connect two LED strips, to which power and control are connected to one of six wires for the fan.
A thermocouple is provided with a silicone tube, which serves as protection against mechanical damage during transport. The sensor itself is enclosed in a heat-conducting membrane of orange, which prevents electrical contact with the board. And all the ends of the power cable, which is connected to one connector type molex.
Let’s look at control capabilities and device functionality. Change all the settings by rotating metal handles. Also, the knob 1,2,3 and 6 – implemented a button. We list all the features:
The first button – Pressing changes the color of the backlight; Press and hold allows the rotation of the input parameter for the alarm, which is triggered when the temperature obtained from the sensor is outside the specified range.
The second button – Short press changes the brightness of the backlight; long press turns off the display backlight, and nothing is displayed on the screen.
The third button – Pressing the on / off alarm; Press and hold to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
The sixth button – Pressing the on / off lighting strips; Press and hold the Quick Start mode, when at the start served the maximum voltage of 12 V to guarantee fans started (is that the channel set voltage is too low and the fan does not start).
First of all, I note that the device is made soundly and efficiently, and the installation will not take much time. Adjusting the key parameters is intuitive. Particularly pleased with the presence of fast start mode when initially fed full voltage for the promotion of the fans, and then their rotation speed is adjusted to the parameters defined above.
Changing the fan speed occurs in a wide range, which allows the computer to do the job completely silent, especially in the presence of a semi-quiet graphics card and power supply. As to the alarm mode, then with reference to the external temperature sensors benefit from it a little bit. The fact that the external sensors are not able to compete with those in the precision sensors, which are located on the motherboard, the processor or graphics card.
Among the negative aspects, I note that control backlight RGB Riing series fans desired device is not able. The fact that you can not even connect these fans, as they use the connector 5-pin. And the idea would be very good, because it is possible to adjust not only the color of the controller and lighting strips, but also to change the illumination brand fans. This is particularly important, as the controller at Riing LED RGB remote and fans not to change any parameter, it is necessary to remove the side cover. The situation is repeated with ribbons backlight LUMI COLOR 256C, will be able to connect only one color ribbon.
In the end, I would like to note an interesting realization of the considered device. Thermaltake has once again successfully managed to fit in a certain segment, because the competition is very weak.
Moreover, the market is quite difficult to find something with similar functionality on the close price. THERMALTAKE COMMANDER F6 is a multifunction controller that combines many useful functions that are sure to be in demand by enthusiasts.