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Rated 5 out of 5 by CreamOfPorkpie Really good solution if you want some peace and quiet
Brilliant, if you have no room for a conventional fan controller or can't easily reach the front of your pc. The software uses temp sensors on the mobo so you don't have the hassle of routing them then wondering what the temp difference is between the component and where the sensor is stuck.
You can bind fan speeds to either the GPU or CPU but...and this is the only fault I can find....not both. So you can't get it come on when the GPU reaches 60 or the CPU reaches 60, whichever comes first but Who knows what a future software upgrade will bring?
The box itself is small and unobtrusive and, unlike some fan controllers, it will allow you to turn fans off completely, so I’m now running a silent PC for most tasks.
17 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trino Good Fan Controller
Very nice fan controller much prefer this concealed type as opposed to the drive bay mounted versions, the software is also fantastic allows your fans to curve on the gpu or cpu temps or control them manually for a static or custom curve. the only negative i found is the pins inside are slightly offset making the fans a little awkward to plug in tho i assume it's more of a quality control issue with the one i got rather than the product itself.
I should also mention this only comes with 2 fairly short extension cables, if you're planning to mount this behind your motherboard you may need to purchase additional cables depending on where your fans are.
Overall im very happy with it and would recommend to anyone looking for something like this :)
20 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ScanCustomer123 Easier to work with than typical motherboard fan control software
A recent change of case - with no front facing 5.25" bays - meant that I had to abandon my trusty manual fan controller. I tried going back to motherboard controlled fans but found it lacking - the various headers on my motherboard had different control mechanisms (3 x PWM and 3 x voltage despite them all being 4 pin) and I couldn't accurately or reliably control all of my ("mix and match") fans to the same degree (to same tone / volume, regardless of the RPM). Furthermore the motherboard vendor's fan control software was clunky and unreliable (often losing your custom profiles completely, failing to control one of the fans or simply crashing).
I've found the NZXT Grid+ V2 to be far easier to work with. Once you've set it up it just works.
Each channel (each port) can have a separate profile applied to it that maps fan speed to temperature which is then tied to either the CPU or GPU temperature - i.e. if you want to, you can use the same profile for multiple channels and tie some channels to CPU temperature and some to GPU temperature.
You can't tie a single fan to multiple profiles or temperatures - i.e. it would be nice to be able to get my intake fans running faster if either my CPU or GPU temperature was high but in practice I've found tying everything apart from the CPU specific fans to the GPU temperature works fine (obviously if you aren't running games - or 'mining' - then that likely doesn't apply to you).
You also can't tie fan speed to any other temperature (e.g. case temp, SSD or HDD temp).
It works via voltage control (not PWM) so don't expect a linear response for fan speeds despite the software claiming to control fan speed (expressed as a percent) - i.e. "100%" = 12V. The lowest possible active setting is "20%" which I believe corresponds to 4V at which point none of my fans work reliably though they are all fine at 30% (which I believe is 5V). Your mileage may vary depending upon the fans you use. You can also set fans to 0% which is completely off (0V). The increments are 5% at a time which I believe is 0.5V at a time.
When I first upgraded to Windows 10 (from 8.1) I was having a minor stability issue that I thought might be caused by the Grid's USB drivers but it turned out to be the USB 3 drivers used by Windows 10 for my chipset - i.e. it wasn't the Grid / associated drivers at fault.
The software isn't perfect - it's a bit bloated and wants you to create an account and sign in - but thankfully you can just sign in as a guest and tell it not to ask again. Overall though it's a far better package (software and hardware) with much more consistent and finer grain control than offered by any of the motherboards I've worked with - I like it enough that I bought another one for a second PC (my HTPC / lounge PC).
19 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by katinacooker Very good fan controller - for 3 pin fans
This thing is amazing for controlling 3 pin fans. You can now plug in 4 pin fans though, but they dont like going under 40-50% speed and will slow right down then speed up to 100% on a loop. Other than that though its amazing
13 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by danvman great
When i first looked at this getting this I thought it might be a waste of money but let me tesll you it is 100% worth every penny. The software is spot on If you are water cooling like I am this is what you need to control all the fans GREAT and can't recommend enough
08 October 2015