This controller is incredibly simplistic. The back only has one temperature sensor plugin, and the rest of connections are for fans. I normally see a lot of circuitry on the back of Lamptron’s controllers, but the CP530 is closed off with the exception of the spots for the connections. The LCD screen looks familiar, but it differs in the fact that it doesn’t have a touch screen.
Lamptron includes a few accessories this time around. For starters, we have several fan cable extensions. Considering how many fans this controller can handle, you’ll almost certainly need them to reach throughout your case. The included temp sensor is for more detailed control of the fan speeds. We’ll touch on that soon, but the included magnet is a nice touch on this unit. Even though this controller can fit in a fan bay, the magnet allows users to install this to the inside of their case. It’s a great alternative for cases that have axed their drive bays, and I’m glad Lamptron planned for this.
How does an “Intelligent” fan controller work? Quite well actually! The CP530 has an ambient sensor that will use the air temperature around the unit for control. You can’t set your own temperature curves, but the controller seems to work fairly well on its own. However, the cable sensor gives far better control over the unit. By positioning the end of the cable at an ideal temperature spot, a user can easily find nearly the perfect control for case fans. My thought was to test the sensor at different spots around a graphics card heat sink. With a little trial and error, I bet anyone could find ideal fan control for gaming sessions.
Check out the video for intelligent control in action.
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