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Vantec Nexus W-Force Super Panel

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Vantec Nexus W-Force Super Panel

Vantec Nexus W-Force Super Panel
Site: Vantec for information
Price: £29 at time of writing
Buy: Overclock and other good stores.
Uses: Enables you to monitor system temps and fans from a drive bay.
Buy UK: Amazon | Currys/PCW | Dabs | eBuyer | John Lewis | Novatech |
Buy Int: Amazon.com | Compsource  Compare prices: Kelkoo

Vantec Nexus W-Force Super Panel

Introduction

The Super Panel is a device that fits into a spare 5.25" drive bay in your case. What it offers is a way to easily monitor the temperatures of your CPU, system and hard drives. Incorporated into the faceplate of the panel are a digital readout, two USB ports and one IEEE 1394 Firewire Port.

Features

  • Adjustable CPU fan speed control
  • Automatic CPU fan speed detection
  • Temperature monitoring switch and display
  • Audio alarm warning (CPU overheat and fan failure)
  • 2 USB and 1 Firewire ports
  • 2 changeable faceplates.

What you get included

  • 1x instruction manual
  • 2x face plates (1x green, 1x blue)
  • 1x Super Panel
  • 1x Allen wrench
  • 3x temperature sensors
  • 2x CPU fan cables
  • 1x power cable
  • 1x USB 2.0 cable
  • 1x firewire cable
  • 8x grub screws

Contents Of Package

Installation

Installing the panel is a fairly simple task, the instructions provided are very well illustrated. The only complaint would be the tape that is supplied to stick the sensors, wasn't sticky enough. Any adjustments after installation would result in the sensors becoming slightly loose, a trip to buy some sticker tape soon resolved this minor problem.
All the cables were easily long enough and everything went in ok without a problem.


Inside The Unit
CPU Sensor

Does it work?

In a word. YES! All the readings taken from the panel were consistent with those of the motherboard
I would however like to mention that the temperature reading for the CPU differed slightly when compared to the motherboard.

View Of The Unit Installed Inside A System Case
Close-UP Of LCD Screen

This is likely to be due to the position of the sensor. The board sensor takes it reading from the core whereas the Super Panel sensor takes its reading from the Heat Sink.

To test that the alarm did actually work, I disconnected one fan cable and then booted the system, this caused the alarm to sound and quite loudly it did to.

Conclusion

I have found the panel to be very useful, it offers an easy way to monitor temperatures, which is of great use when upgrading to new coolers etc you can easily see any differences in temperature. This unit would of additional appeal if you are an overclocker, gadget freak or even just an every day user or enthusiast, you will find this unit very advantageous.