Aerocool Strike-X X-1000

11/5/2012 9:08:58 AM

The one thing that the enthusiast components we cover have in common is that they nearly universally get hot. There’s no sense in packing your system with an overclocked CPU, redlined GPU, and aggressively-timed XMP memory if you aren’t going to address the problem of having to cool all that gear. Doing so is like strapping a bomb to your PC and setting the timer to “very soon.”

Description: Aerocool Strike-X X-1000

Aerocool Strike-X X-1000

Here to help disarm the heat bomb is Aerocool, with its five-channel Strike-X X-1000 fan controller. This peripheral slips into one of your case’s external 5.25-inch drive bays and lets you control the speed (and noise output) of up to five fans. It also doubles as a USB 3.0 hub and comes with audio I/O ports. If your motherboard doesn’t have an USB 3.0 header, you can connect the included USB 2.0 plug to your motherboard’s corresponding USB 2.0 header. The faceplate is black plastic with red and white labels near the analog knobs, the Aerocool logo in the lower-left corner, and a Strike-X X-1000 logo in the lower-right corner. Each of the knobs is adorned with a raised “X” design to help keep your fingers from slipping off while making adjustments.

The Strike-X X-1000 features a blue LED on the front, which glows solid when the fans are all operating normally but flashes when a fan has stopped working. The integrated Piezo buzzer sounds a pattern of beeps to indicate which fan has failed, one short beep for the number of the failed fan. For instance, if the fourth fan failed, you’ll hear four short beeps.

The knobs all have an Offsetting, though we’d caution anyone against disabling their case fans completely. This fan controller’s lowest setting runs the fans at 50% of their rated speed. The Strike-X X-1000 supports up to 25 watts per channel. There’s also a built-in fuse to protect the fan controller from a power surge. Turning the knobs to the right slowly raises the voltage applied to the fan from 5V to 12V. As you’d expect, there are a ton of wires bundled with this fan controller, but we liked that Aerocool labeled the fan cabling so you’ll know which fan corresponds to each knob.

Description: Aerocool Strike-X X-1000

At its lowest setting, the case fans we tested the Strike-X X-1000 with didn’t have enough juice to light the LEDs, and it was practically silent. At 75% of its full power, the fan remained fairly quiet, but it still pushed a good deal of air. We’d recommend keeping the front and rear panel fans at least at 75% power and only dropping the more optional fans, such as side and top panel fans, below 75% when not gaming or otherwise stressing your system.

Aerocool’s Strike-X X-1000 is a solid fan controller and front panel I/O for anyone who wants more manual control over their system’s noise and cooling performance.


Price: $49.99

Website: www.aerocool.us

Specs: Form factor: 1 5.25-inch external bay; Fan cables: 5; Ports: 2 USB 3.0, audio I/O


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