NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller Specs Detailed

By Published May 08, 2013 at 4:51 pm

In suit of its H630 silent case announcement and website redesign, NZXT has announced today that it intends to revitalize its Sentry series of fan controllers. NZXT's Sentry Mix 2 fan controller specs have been detailed in the announcement, and having tested previous models, we have a couple of thoughts on the unit. A review is pending.

 

NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Specs 

Model Number AC-SEN-MIX2-M1
Material Acrylic, Plastic
Fan Connector 4-Pin
Finish Matte black bezel with glossy black sliders
Included Accessories 4x M3 Screws
Form Factor Single 5.25"
UPC 815671011527
EAN 5060301690770
Connections 2x Molex
Cable Finish Black Rubber
Cable Finish RGB Color Changing
Maximum Combined Wattage 300 Watts
Control Method Sliders
Fan Channel Quantity 6
Fan Channel Wattage 50 Watts
Minimum Power To Fans 40%
Warranty 2 Years

 

The Sentry Mix 2 is an externally-mounted, 5.25" power modulation device that regulates voltage delivered to up to 6 different channels. Aesthetically, the Mix 2 somewhat resembles an audio control panel with its slider-controlled power delivery; the unit has a matte black finish with a textured faceplate and LED-backlit channel identifiers. The LED colors can be customized, though we're presently unsure if they can be configured for each individual channel.

Power is delivered to the Mix 2 via 2x4-pin Molex connectors and the unit offers a maximum power tolerance of 300W (combined total) for its 6 channels -- easily enough for any reasonable fan configuration I can think of. There is a continuous maximum of 30W per fan, which shouldn't really be exceeded unless you're plugging in high-RPM server fans, and even then it'd be tough.

Everything's pretty straight-forward. We've asked NZXT if the fan speed control is linear or incremental (i.e.: When the slider is moved, are there certain fan-speed thresholds, or does it adjust on-the-fly?), but won't hear back for a couple of hours. This space will be updated once we know the answer. We've also asked if the sliders are notched or free-moving.

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As far as what I'm looking out for, well, as much as I liked the idea of the Sentry MX 2 touchscreen fan-speed controller, it had too many cables for me to allow in my system. Nearly a dozen extra cables that are tough to manage -- it just wasn't worth it. Not surprisingly, none of the current photos of the Sentry Mix 2 show the cables in their full glory, so it's tough to say whether we'll see the same problem in this new unit. We'll have answers to that shortly, though.

The practical applications of such a device are also straight-forward: You'd basically use this to help control the noise produced by your fans. If you've got some larger, quiet-spec fans that can run unnoticeably at full RPM, they can be mapped to specific channels that are constantly set to max. If you have some smaller (120/140mm) fans that are higher-dBA output, those can be mapped to their own channel and then power can be throttled, which reduces RPM and controls the noise levels.

More info here: http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/129-sentry-mix-2-fan-control.html

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on May 08, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Steve Burke

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