[nextpage title=”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
With the controller fully powered up,there is a tiny light bulb icon that will enable or disable the LED backlighting, and we see that all channels are set to run the Auto setting,whihc stands at roughly 40% power. At the bottom on the left, we can set all channels to minimum speed, or maximum speed, by pressing the slider icons. The right side then offers channel selection, temperature and RPM readouts, and a plus and minus to adjust the alarms thermal setting.
messing a bit more we see we can indeed change the scale that the temperature is displayed in, but that same display can be used to adjust the thermal alarm, where you use the + and – buttons to move the setting from 40 degrees Celsius at the low-end, up to 90 degrees at the high-end.
A few more things I would like to mention, first the slider for fan RPM moves in 100 RPM segments, so accuracy is not exact rather it gives a general idea of the speed; secondly if a fan is on channel one, and you have it set to manual control, the rest of the channels still uses the auto control unless changed physically.