Introduction and showcase
Fan controllers are not a new concept, neither are their touchscreen brothers but that haven’t stopped anyone from developing new ways to control for their own brand of cases. Thermaltake being no stranger to the trend brought a touchscreen controller of their own in the form of Commander FT.
The Thermaltake Commander FT is the latest of fan controller offered from Thermaltake. This is not a plain gene controller, so dont be deceived by its looks.
It packs in all the bells and whistles that a fan controller should offer ranging from thermal alarms, fan alarms when no RPM is being reported from it, the option to disable the LED lighting.
Before we jump into any sort of detailed stuff, let’s take a look at the basic specifications:
Form Factor: 5.25″ Drive Bay
Dimension: 148 x 88 x 42mm
Material and Weight: Mainly Metal and Plastic, weighing in at 300 grams
Screen Size: 5.5 inches
Screen Type: Touch Screen
Fan Control specs: 5 channels; 10W Channel wattage, 50W Combined wattage, 0-9900RPM Speed range
Temperature specs: 1 Sensor, 0-90℃ temperature range, °F and °C temperature display
Fan Connector: 3-pin and/or 4-pin connector
Power Connector: 4-pin Molex connector
Lets check out a few pictures of the product then we will move on to the setup and testing.
The boxes are pretty much standard fare, while the front shows off the the main features like 5.5 Inch screens and 50Watt power delivery etc, the back shows off how it will look mounted on a chassis along with the full specifications of the Commander FT.
To accommodate the 5.5 Inch screen thermaltake has opted for a thin bezel, 8.6mm on either side and 4.6mm on top and 3.5mm at the bottom.
Thermaltake has made the sides out of steel and opted to drill holes in them to facilitate easy mounting.
Coming to the back of the controller we see all the wires tied neatly for the purpose of shipping, one good thing to note here is that the wires are all black and plugged into the PCB, so the wire management is a bit easy.
With the wires aside we can see the PCB more closely, on the left side you can see the row of capacitors along the bottom, the rows of resistors in the middle, and we see that they chose NEC chokes at the top before the power is delivered to the five 3-pin clips for the fans along the top.
Coming to the right side we find the buzzer at the top, and it also includes a jumper that can be removed to disable the speaker along with a ribbon connection that controls the touchscreen, 4-pin connection for power, and to the right of that is the 2-pin thermal probe connection.
Accessory wise Thermaltake provided a set of mounting screws and a chunk of tape for sticking the thermal probe.