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PC COOLING

Kingwin Thermal Center CT-02S Review
By: Mike Mackenzie
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    2005-03-23

    Table of Contents:
  • Kingwin Thermal Center CT-02S Review
  • Specifications
  • Installation
  • Configuring the CT-02S
  • Removing the Alarm
  • Pros and Cons of the Thermal Center CT-02S

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    Kingwin Thermal Center CT-02S Review - Pros and Cons of the Thermal Center CT-02S


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    Likes

    • After modification, controller works as flawlessly as I had originally expected.
    • Itís aluminum; most controllers are simply painted silver.
    • Bright blue LEDs make it easy to read at night, or in low light situations.
    • Automatically increases fan speed with temperature without user intervention.
    • Includes animated hard drive detection displayed on the controller, and also can be sent to chassis LED.
    • Animated fan speeds up when the corresponding fan increases speed.
    • Cycles thru each probe/fan in five second cycles, unless you click to see another menu; to resume the cycle just click the enter button.
    • Available in other colors, also available with different LED colors.

    Dislikes

    • Menu cannot define a maximum temperature and a critical temperature for alarm to sound.
    • That stupid alarm! Ten seconds until it stops or until the temperature drops.
    • Modifications are needed to use the controller: I thought it was as advertised.
    • Alarm speaker was VERY loud.
    • Fan and temperature probe wires are not labeled on both ends for easier installation.
    • A lot of wires can make a mess inside the case. Good cable management is needed.
    • Mounting bracket is hard to install with screw-less 5 1/4 bays.
    • 24 hour clockÖno option to change to 12 hour.
    • Menu can be a little annoying to navigate through.
    • Temperature probe wires are too thick to fit in between pins of a processor to get the same readings most motherboards get.

    Conclusion

    Kingwin has a great idea for their controller. I love the idea of the controller taking over, automatically cranking up those fans when I start playing a game, so I simply donít have to think about my system ever getting too hot because I forgot to adjust my controller before gaming. It takes a lot of the worry out of my system heating up. Itís also great for cases which have covers over the CD-ROM drives. You will no longer have to open your door to adjust your fan speeds.

    With a small modification, this controller has become exactly what I have wanted out of a fan controller, silence at idle, and full power fans when I start to do some work. If you are interested in automatic fan speeds based on temperatures, and do not mind a little bit of modding, you might want to pick up a Kingwin Thermal Center CT-02S.


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