Aerocool Strike-X Front Panel Display

Closer look

We were surprised to see just how sturdy the Strike-X is. So often do we see devices like these with rather flimsy sides and cheap plastic trim. Not the case here. The metal which makes up the frame and sides of the Strike-X is pretty thick, and with that trim being made of ABS plastic it is some tough stuff.

The Strike-X consists of five separate channels, each supporting up to 8W (.66A @ 12v). Ideal for those that want to be able to adjust fan speeds when interacting with the PC for different purposes.

The first thing that you will notice about the Strike-X is the bright red plastic ‘X’ that surrounds the LCD display. For those that don’t like red Aerocool does supply a black replacement. Displayed on the ‘X’ is the Strike-X logo and in the lower right are the MIC and headphone jacks.

Below the screen are two USB 2.0 ports. Many will mark the Strik-X down due for the fact that it doesn’t have USB 3.0 support, but one must remember there are few motherboards that do have USB3 headers. Reason for this is that the popular NEC controller only can support 2 ports and they are used on the rear I/O panel. That is why any cases with a USB3 port up front have a long cable that you run out the back and into the port. Many simply do not want to have bright blue cables strung through the inside, sticking out the back, all in order to get USB 3.0 upfront. Our keen eyed readers have likely already noticed, but there are no firewire or eSATA ports on the Strike-X either.

Here we have the side shots of the Strike-X we are focusing on this once again to show you just have thick the metal that makes up the Strike-X. This is no cheap piece of crap here.

The Strike-X consists of five separate fan channels that can support fans up to 8W (.66A @ 12v) and can adjust the RPM of each fan connected to it individually. Also the Strike-X has the ability to monitor temperatures from 5 probes at any location you chose to place one, but ideally it would be near the corresponding fan which the readout is under. Having said all of that, the circuitry consist of all the components that one would expect to find in order to build a device with these features.

Here you can see, from left to right, the 4pin Floppy power connector, Fan 5, Fan 4, down to Fan 1. The next image you see where the temperature probes are soldered in (connected via that ribbon cable as depicted above) and the piezoelectric buzzer for the over-temperature warning. An alarm to indicate a fan failure triggered by a 0RPM reading would be nice that could be, but perhaps in a future model.  

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