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4.0 out of 5 stars Display a bit bright, but intuitive and easy to use, September 6, 2011
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This review is from: Coolerguys Programmable Thermal Fan Controller with LED Display (Personal Computers)
I replaced an older buttonless unit (it had a fixed on/off temp and only 2 fan connectors) and this unit is very intuitive to use and easy to set up. Kits made directly for cabinets are automatically more expensive because, well, they know you are fancy because you have enough equipment you need to cool an entire cabinet. This lets you pick and choose computer grade fans (I chose the Silenx ones, which, even as the most expensive computer case fans don't approach the dedicated cabinet units) and there are tons of low cost splitters, extensions, etc for the 3 pin fans out there.

I have a PS3 on a shelf on top above a DVR on top of a receiver. The PS3 used to go into the very loud, movie ruining high speed fan mode during blu-ray playback. I wanted to keep all the gear neatly tucked into the cabinet, so, I drilled 3" holes through the sides and one out the back, and installed 80mm (the most common size) fans and connected it to this controller.

Automatically turns on at (86 in my case, you get to pick) and the off again at (I chose 82.) What I like is, since it is thermally controlled at via the probe you put by the source of the heat, the fans stay on to cool the PS3, etc after it is off.

Great inexpensive approach to the fancy and expensive world of cabinet cooling. All you see in my installation is the display, which was SO bright I had to put 2 layers of red lens repair tape over it to make it not distract from watching TV.
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