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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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And they managed to squeeze even more into this panel: there are front-accessible USB2.0, Firewire, and audio ports as well.  They all connect to included cables, intended to go around to the rear pannel to connect.  It would have been nice if they included a USB cable that would connect directly to motherboard connectors, but this can be easily bypassed by the inspired techie, by attaching motherboard-USB adapters and then plugging the "A" connecters in internally (might be a good idea to tape them up too).

The audio jacks are labeled for line in/line out, but naturally they can be used for whatever you need them for, since they use common 1/8" stereo jacks.  It's an ideal setup for a headset/microphone setup that you don't want to leave conencted.

All of these connectors plug into the back of the panel, as shown here. The pin blocks are NOT labeled, but each cable can only properly fit into one pin block, so look carefully and be sure to match them up.  They ARE labeled with an "UP" indicator, so you know which way to face them.

If all of these cables start to get a little unruly, then you can use one of the three included cable zip-ties to clean things up and keep it organized, if you're into neatness.

The included PCI plate has a passthrough for all of those cables, so only a minimal space is left open.Of course, if you don't feel like loosing that slot, just leave the ATX backplane cover plate off and use that instead. ;)

So what about all of the wasted space behind the panel? Wasted, you say?  Bite your tounge!  Enermax has left you 2 options for it.  The panel is designed to support a 3.5 hard disk drive mounded directly behind it, which would also be a good candidate for thermal monitoring.  The second option is to mount this above or below something that needs cooling, and mount one or two 80 mm case fans directly to the rack.  As you can see, the rack provides mounting holes for either/or. 

Getting all of this threaded through the bay and the case can be a little difficult, especially if the next bay up isn't free, so you might want to install this device before anything that will be located above it.

The manual is fairly simplistic, but it does mention the basics if you can manage to understand it, including how to use the Mode and Set buttons to adjust the alarm values.  It does mention an important fact about NOT placing any of the thermistors directly between the system's CPU and HSF.  But if you didn't already know that, it's very possible that you have no buisness trying to install this device. ;)

If you'll recall, when we looked at the PC Geiger RD2 Pro, it did a lot of things too.  But the area behind it tended to go unused, it was more expensive (although the price has dropped by half since we reviewed it), and required assembly.  None of these downsides apply to this Enermax device.  Of course, neither one has USB cables that we think are perfect.

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