Zalman ZM-MFC2 Fan Controller - Worlds First Look at the ZM-MFC2

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Zalman ZM-MFC2 Fan Controller
Worlds First Look at the ZM-MFC2
Installation, Testing and Conclusion

First Look:

The front of the Zalman ZM-MFC2 is very simple and easy to work with.  There is only a single "mode" button and the fan control knob which can also be pressed as another button.  The display is clean and doesn't look cluttered up with graphics and other things that take away from the display.

ZM-MFC2 - Front
ZM-MFC2 - Front

Of course, Zalman makes sure that you know who makes this fan controller by including their name on the top-left corner of the unit as well as the model number on the bottom left.  This is very well done and the graphics aren't oversized and ugly.

The back of the ZM-MFC2 is a little more complicated than the front.  The back houses all of the connections for the four fans, the thermal probes, the Watt Meter and the Molex Power connector.  Thankfully the temperature probes are all hooked up to a long strip and color coded for ease of installation and dentifying which one is which.  This saves a lot of tedious connection issues that would occur if you installed this unit in the case prior to hooking everything up.


 

ZM-MFC2 - Rear 
ZM-MFC2 - Rear

The fans are clearly labeled, but the ordering puzzles me a bit.  In a system that uses a 4-pin PWM fan, I'd assume that this would be the CPU fan, and generally speaking, the CPU fan is Fan #1.  On the ZM-MFC2, the PWM fan is listed as Fan 4.  This really makes no difference, and because I will be using this controller in a system that doesn't use a PWM fan, it will likely remain vacant most of the time.

To the right of the fan headers are the thermal probe headers.  Following on right is the "CVS In" connector for the watt usage meter, and lastly the standard Molex power connector.

As I mentioned earlier, the thermal probes are very thin and are hooked up by plugging in a single long connector.  This makes the installation very simple, easy and fast.  If you don't need to use all four probes for your application, you can simply keep them wrapped up short.

 Temp Sensors - Closeup
Temp Sensors - Close-up

These sensors are thin enough to slip in almost anywhere and can even be installed in the tiny space between a GPU PCB and the heat sink.  In this space, it can be positioned next to the GPU core to gain an approximate temperature of this area.  Because the probes are so thin, they can easily be applied anywhere.