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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [01.02.04]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake

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My, how things change...

It seems like just yesterday when I reviewed (one of) the first in the HardCano series - the HardCano II (actually it was almost 2 years ago believe it or not!)

Back then, it was touted as a hard drive cooler (hence "Hard" cano), and was little more than a temp monitor with a fan speed switch. Today, you can pick one up for under $10, and I would still recommend doing so now that it is at that price. $10 isn't bad for a couple temp guages! They can come in handy!

But if you want a little more, you are going to want to have a look at this...

It's no coincedence that Thermaltake has the HardCano 12 installed in a car for their product photo - you can easily see that it looks a lot like a high end car stereo head unit! Certainly Thermaltake isn't the first to do this, but in my opinion it is one of the better looking digital fan controllers out there.

The HardCano 12 monitors 4 individual temperatures, each with its own alarm, which can be set in 10 degree increments. It can also control 4 corresponding fans, or you can switch it to auto mode and it will control the fan speeds itself.

The highlight of the HardCano 12 has to be its EL backlit display:

As you can see, everything is easy to read, and it is easy to control. Using EL rather than a backlit LCD gives it an even, clean appearance (and it matches perfectly with the blue used in other Thermaltake EL products). It also isn't overly bright (which is good because there is no way to turn it off). Americans, you'll be happy to know that it can be switched between Celcius and Farenheit as well.

Installation couldn't be easier either - The main unit is connected via 4 pin molex, and from there you can attach 3 pin fans to each lead. The cables are all sheathed, to help keep things tidy.

There's not a lot to say about the HardCano 12, so this is going to be a quick review. If you have the need to control 4 different fans, and monitor the effectiveness of each, then by all means pick up a HardCano 12 when they come out!

  • Looks awesome
  • Nice EL backlit LCD display
  • Only needs 1 power connector
  • Controls fans effectively, and digitally
  • Monitors 4 temperatures, and has an alarm for each

  • If you have the need for a mod like this, I can't think of anything wrong with it!

Final Score: 90%