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Reviewed by: Bryan Pizzuti [03.24.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Enermax
Model Number: UC-A07FATR2
MSRP: $40.00

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We've covered the Hardcano, the PC Geiger, and several other PC case "addons" for the discerning user and modding fanatic.  Enermax doesn't get a lot of attention in this area, being more function oriented than flash.  Lack of flash aside, they do have an extensive line of cases and case accessories, and today we're going to look at one of their 5.25 bay accessories.

Looks kinda plain

Yes, in fact it does.  It's available in plain beige, plain black, or plain silver.  It's certainly not as eye-catching as some other offerings, but it's elegant in it's simplicity, if you're in to that sort of thing.  Besides, ask an artist what his favorite medium is, and they'll usually answer with something blank. If you're painting or something, it's MUCH easier to start with a plain, blank something than with something that's ALREADY painted up.

Each one of these IS painted, except for the aluminum one, but it's just a solid coat.  These are made from solid, fairly stiff aluminum.  It's thick enough to be sturdy, but it's also minimal enough to make this a lightweight device, which is good.

What's it do?

The simple answer is: A lot.  This device crams a lot of function into a small package.  First off, it's a 2-fan rheobus, meaning you can plug 2 3-pin-type fans into it and manually control their speed, using the FAN1 and FAN2 dials at the front.  Their speed will also show up on the included LCD.

It's also a thermal monitoring device.  You take the two thermistors, and attach them to whatever device you want to keep an eye on (like, say, your video GPU and your CPU) using the uncluded thermal tape strips, and it will display their temperature on the LCD. It's switchable between Celsius and Farenheit using a jumper on the back of the panel.  We got the US version, which comes set for Farenheit by default.

The LCD and its controller also allow for an alarm setting, so if your chipset is getting too hot, you'll find out, because the alarm will go off for 30 seconds.  Actually, the LCD operates identically to Enermax's thermal-control mobile HDD rack we looked at before the weekend, which is a good thing, considering it promotes familiarity with more of their product line. However, it also means if there's something you don't like about one, it's also present in the rest, so there's a downside too. The easiest thing to do is leave the alarms at their defaults, but that might not be fesable, depending on what you're monitoring (the defaults are 45 degrees C/113 degrees F and 1000 RPM).  So decide what you're going to monitor, get the alarms set, and then don't try to switch it to something else later.

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