I'm looking for a fan controller suitable for a high-end PC with the following specs (all are required):

  • 5.25" form factor
  • Material is either completely or partially metal
  • At least 4 fan channels
  • Temperature alarm system
  • Touchscreen display
  • Profiles/presets for storing settings
  • Shows fan speeds and voltages
  • Grayscale color
  • Can take up more than one front slot

And then there's the design. I'd prefer it to look sleek and minimalistic with an easy-to-quickly-glance-at display.

Price isn't an issue.

  • What color would you like it to be. Also, can it take up more than 1 5.25 inch slot? Sep 19, 2015 at 16:35
  • @Firepower0701 Anything grayscale is good. Not a huge fan of color on a PC. And yes it can take up more than one slot.
    – Adam
    Sep 19, 2015 at 16:43

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If having physical controls on the front of your PC isn't hugely important to you and you are running Windows on your PC, how about a USB fan controller like the NZXT Grid Plus v2?

NZXT Grid Plus v2 image

Up to 6 fans, uses the temperature sensors already inside your components so you won't need to wire your own in, multiple profiles, custom temperature curves, up to 6 fans, and it all runs off a box that you can just sit somewhere hidden in your case. Also, it's only around $30.

As for the CAM software which you use to control the GRID, I have been using it with my NZXT Kraken x61 cooler, and it seems stable, albeit a little bit bloated with ~100MB RAM usage.

I know this isn't what you specifically asked for, but it may be worth exploring?

  • Interesting recommendation. It definitely isn't what I was originally looking for, but it could work.
    – Adam
    Oct 18, 2015 at 22:40

With the information given, I would recommend the NZXT Sentry 3 or Sentry 2 fan controller. You can buy one here. The reviews are good, the only cons being that sometimes the controller does not work out of the box and that it is easy to make a mess out of the cables. The LED touch screen is of good quality as well.

  • Have you used this fan controller? What kind of problem occurs out of the box and how easy is it to fix?
    – Andy
    Sep 22, 2015 at 19:52
  • No, I have not used this fan controller. I have read, however, that cableing can be a menace, that the touch screen is responsive, and some units do not work out of the box. Sep 22, 2015 at 19:56
  • Why was my answer immediately down voted after receiving best answer. Feedback on why my answer was bad is way more useful than just down voting it. I haven't used stack exchange for all that long, so I really would appreciate some insight on how I can improve my answers. Sep 22, 2015 at 19:59
  • I provided the downvote. I mentioned your answer here, but the TL;DR is that the quality here could be improved greatly. A meta post was created with suggestions on how to provide a high quality answer. If you could address some of the concerns I mentioned in my post and take a look at the other one, I'd be more than happy to reverse the down vote.
    – Andy
    Sep 23, 2015 at 15:42

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