NZXT Sentry LXE
The first component of the LXE is the touch screen display, where the system’s information is visible, as well as having the ability to adjust the controls to your needs. The touch screen display comes enclosed in a brushed aluminum bezel to give it a more aesthetically pleasing look to the overall unit.
The back of the display and the rest of the working components are hidden by a plastic cover, only exposing an 8-pin plug where the lead from the display goes into your system.
The second part of the LXE is the main control board, which is installed into a spare chassis expansion slot, then plugs into the system fans as well as a 4-pin MOLEX connector to power the control board and display.
Coming off the control board are five temperature probes as well, which you would obviously put on the most vital components of your system.
The LXE uses 3-pin fan connectors so there is unfortunately no PWM control available with this unit. The wires measure 26 inches long which is very nice to see and should cover installing this unit in any chassis without any issues. The 4-pin MOLEX connector measures in at 23” and the temp probes are 24”.
The most important connector obviously, is the lead from the control board to the touch screen display; after all this is what this unit is really all about and it has a very hefty length of over six feet. Overall this looks like to be a very well put together kit.
The LCD display is a very generous size (4 ¾” X 3 ¾”) and was very easy to read. The touch screen functions were also very well put together, there were no issues navigating around the Sentry’s copious options.
Once the LXE is set up and running, there is plenty of information that can be set by the user: time, date, alarm temps, fan RPM. When you first power the unit up it is in AUTO mode and runs your fans @ 50% of their rated speed. We hooked up Scythe Ultra Kaze fans rated @3000 RPM, as you can see in the photos the fans in Auto mode were run @ 1400 RPM, while in Manual Mode @ 100% the LXE reports the fans RPM @ 2700RPM. So there is a small margin of error here. We found the temps reported by the LXE to only be off by 1C? when compared to the various monitoring software, which is a pretty good indicator the measurements on the LXE are quite accurate.
Let’s wrap things up.