NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller

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Product: NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller
Provided By: NZXT
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Introduction:

Today I will be reviewing the NZXT’s Sentry Mix Fan controller, the latest in a long line of computer products released by this well established company.  The Sentry Mix is their fifth offering in the world of fan control and we've actually looked at all of them here at BCCHardware.

Box Front
Box Front
Box Back
Box Back

 

About NZXT:

NZXT

NZXT, a company built upon gamer's dreams, hopes to create products that put consumers first. With the objective of designing unique products catered for hardware enthusiasts and gamers, NZXT has grown into a globally renowned brand recognized for dedication towards creating the next great gaming product. NZXT has won numerous awards from media and publications from across the globe with a product line spanning from gaming chassis, power, and gaming input devices. As a corporation formed by gamers, NZXT continues to expand into new horizons and push the limits further with each product unveiling.

Our dedicated sales and customer service team will work diligently to earn your trust and loyalty. All our products are built with high quality material and engineered in the best conditions.

NZXT products are designed and engineered in the United States and manufactured overseas in China and Taiwan.

NZXT was established in 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

 

First impressions:

The NZXT Sentry Mix fan controller arrived in a typical cardboard box that is modestly stylized. The graphics on the box look good and give the feel that this is a product I would want to install in my rig.  Upon opening, I could see that this fan controller was also protected by a plastic bag - further keeping wayward elements away from this product.  

Packed in the box, aside from the Sentry Mix, were installation instructions and a small bag of mounting screws.

Manual  

 

Construction of the Sentry Mix is pretty standard. It consists of a plastic body and control sliders, as well as, a rubberized matte black face. Each slider is numbered to easily keep track of which fan you are adjusting.

Top Down
Top Down
Controller Front
Controller Front

On the next page we'll take a look at the specifications and drop this into a system and see what it's all about.


 

 

Features & Specifications:

Features:

  • Slider controls with matte rubber finish for a bold look
  • 50W per channel power to your fans
  • 6 channels for absolute airflow control
  • Comes with 5 LED colors for you to choose and save

 
LED Illuminated Fan Controller With Six 50W Channels
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Boldly crafted for maximum power and control, the NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller takes its inspired construction from sound mixers that command the blast of rock concerts. Each of the six 50W channels will power any enthusiast PC fan. Simply slide and customize airflow with your fingertips. 

 

Specifications:

Installation

5.25”

Color

Black

Material

Plastic & Rubber

Panel

Slides

Fan Channels

6

Connections

3-Pin

Wattage

50W

Manual

Min 40%

Control

Voltage

 

Box Specs
Box Specs

Installation & Testing:

Installation of the Sentry Mix was pretty straight forward.  I installed it in my Cooler Master HAF-932 case.  With the tool-less bays, installation was very easy.  I just picked a 5.25” bay and slid the fan controller in.  I also added mounting hardware to the opposite side of my tool-less bay for added stability.

Hooking the fans up to the controller was also very simple. All the output fan wires are 22 inches long, which is great for routing in my extra large case. You can plug up to six 3-pin fans into this fan controller.  Once that is done, you hook up the two 4-pin (molex) connectors to supply the power and you’re good to go.  Total installation time was about ten minutes.

Once powered up, the Sentry Mix’s LEDs came on and all fans were running. After adjusting all the fan speeds with the sliders I had my system cooling just the way I like it. As an added bonus, the Sentry Mix has five different LED colors that are easy to select by way of a small button on the face of the controller. It allows you to choose red, green, blue, orange, and white. The red LED looked nice with my case and matched my front fan so I went with that.

Installed Installed



Conclusion:
 
In conclusion I would definitely recommend the Sentry Mix to any computer enthusiast that has an interest in controlling their fans. The design of the product is simple yet effective. Installation was very easy, and even someone with limited knowledge when it comes to installing hardware would have no trouble installing the Sentry Mix. This fan controller looks good, works well, and is an all around quality product. I was quite happy with the performance of the Sentry Mix and when you consider that you have micro-adjustments available with simple sliders, it gives you easy control of airflow and noise.

The simple design is a nice, refreshing change from some of the more complicated fan controllers and temperature monitoring devices on the market.  Maybe it won't thrill everyone, but I'm more than happy with the Sentry Mix.

 

Pros:

  • 50W per channel
  • Unique rubber face plate
  • Multiple LED colors
  • Simple to install and use


Cons:

  • Only compatible with 3-pin fans

 

BCCRating
 
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I'd like to thank NZXT for sending over the Sentry Mix for us to review.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.