Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

Posted by on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 12:00am

aerocool f6xtToday we will be taking a look at Aerocool’s latest fan controller, which I find to be very simple but at the same time is one of my favorites from them. The F6XT is a six channel controller, meaning that it has the ability to manipulate up to 6 fans independently, and can supply up to 12 watts each. What I like about the F6XT is there isn’t a lot going on visually, very little verbiage and just a few LED lights, which is beneficial to those that like the front of their case simplistic and appealing.

Introduction to the Aerocool F6XT Fan Controller

In the past few months we have seen a few cases that are already equipped with fan controllers. And then how many of us could go out and purchase a new case just because it comes with a fan controller, no matter how good the case looks. Many of us do not have this luxury, so Aerocool has produced a number of fan controllers since their appearance on the market to help with that fact.

Today we will be taking a look at Aerocool’s latest fan controller, which I find to be very simple but at the same time is one of my favorites from them. The F6XT is a six channel controller for case fans, meaning that it has the ability to manipulate up to 6 fans independently, and can supply up to 12 watts for each. What I like about the F6XT is visually there isn’t a lot going on visually, very little verbiage and just a few LED lights, which is beneficial to those that find it appealing when a case's front is simplistic.


Specifications

  • Dimensions: 148.6(W) x 42.5(H) x 65(D)
  • Fan connectors: Molex 4 pins
  • Max. wattage per fan channel: 12W

Features

  • Controls 6 sets of fan speeds
  • 3 Adjustable speeds: Low / Medium / High
  • Dual LED colors + LED off functions
  • Supports up to 12W per channel
  • Suitable for gamers and enthusiasts

Closer look

Aerocool set out to visually make the F6XT, upon first look, as simplistic as possible and with no surprises afterwords. The unit is available only in black, and takes up just a single 5.25” bay. All text is white in color for a contrast that allows for easy reading, but still allows for the flow of a case's overall appearance.

 

Each fan that you connect to the F6XT is numerical represented on the front panel by FAN 1, FAN 2, and so on. LEDs progressively light up to indicate the selected fan's speed, which is: low, med and high.

 

Flipping the unit over reveals it's PCB and the wires that lead to the 4-pin Molex connectors of which you plug the fans into. For reasons unknown as to why Aerocool elected to use the 4-pin connectors in favor of the almost-standardized 3-pin, it means we will have to use adapters to connect the fans, which sadly are not included. (Editor's Note: If you know what you are doing, by that I mean are aware of the multiple colors uses in 3-pin fans, I find that you can make an adapter that is reversible at any time you. Just requires some heatshrink tubing, an old or dead power supply to donate Molex connectors, with a lighter and relatively small flat-headed screw driver. You can PM me [Formula350] in the Forums and I can explain it if you'd like.)


Testing

Operating the F6XT is very simple to do. Pushing the corresponding button of the fan you want to control will lower and rise their RPMs, tapping once to set the fan to low, twice for medium and a third for high. An additional feature of the F6XT is the ability to change the LED's color, between red or blue, as well as the ability to turn the unit off.

Conclusion

I foresee the F6XT being a decent seller for Aerocool, thanks to it's simplistic look and feel. Not everyone is looking for a lot of flash when it comes to their computers. A clean simple look is a winner in my book. While it will not dial in the exact RPM of your choice, it does provide straight forward low, medium and high settings, which is enough for a lot of us when it comes to case fans. The ability to change the display color is also a nice benefit since blue might not always fit the ambiance a user has in mind for this system. Most importantly of all though, is that the F6XT simply does what it is supposed to.

The one drawback is the usage of 4-pin Molex connectors. It is the fact that most case fans, or computer fans in general now days, utilize the 3-pin style that motherboards come equipped with. Had they provided the user with an adapter or extension cable had they equipped the unit with shorter leads, it would make for a more universal product. The smaller connector would also lead to a less cluttered look, especially if you have all 6 fans plugged in.

The F6XT can be had for a mere $25 and is available from most respectable retailers.

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