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NZXT Grid 10-Channel Fan Hub Review


Is the NZXT Grid the perfect companion to the Sentry Mix 2 fan controller? Chris takes a look at the NZXT Grid 10-Channel Fan Hub to find out…



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So you’re building a new computer, and bought yourself a Sentry Mix 2 6-channel fan controller. Then you get home, and find you’d rather do a push-pull setup on those two AX240 rads you’re going to stuff in a Mercury S3 case. But, oh no, the Sentry Mix 2 only supports 6 fans, and now you suddenly have a need to control 8 for just your rads alone! What now?

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Enter the NZXT Grid, the 30W-10 channel fan hub. Unlike the Sentry Mix 2, those 30 Watts are shared between all 10 fan channels. But let’s think about this; The Sentry Mix 2 has 30W per channel; this has 30W total, coincidence? Probably not.


NZXT Grid 10 Channel Fan Hub
Features list from NZXT

  • 10 Channels for support of up to ten fans
  • Low profile layout
  • Fully enclosed design
  • White LED accents





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12 Comments

I think NZXT hit a home run on this one. Thanks for the review Mosquito!
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Captain CurrySauce
Jul 22 2013 01:55 PM

This is a great item for anyone who has multiple large rads like the 360s or the 480s. I know I like to have control over all 8 fans on a 480 rad with a single knob on the controller. 

 

I also like the fact that the controller is covered to protect against any accidental shorting. 

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I like the housing that it has, but I also like the fact that you can remove it with just screws.  It doesn't use those snap-together plastic clips, that never come apart with out breaking,, which is great.  If you needed it to be slightly more slim you can remove the housing no problem, if you're careful about mounting it.

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Thanks for the review, with the price it's nice to see that you put it through its paces and didn't have an issue or fire....

 

As well, I agree with Mosquito it is nice to see its assembled in a non disposable kind of way.  And the lights do make it look kind of nice even though the case is obviously plastic.

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onevoicewild
Jul 23 2013 03:58 AM
Nice review Chris! very Interesting and Timely as I'm starting to think about how to control the pile of fans I have. Thanks fro your efforts.
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It's a slick idea, for managing fan connections in these monster towers that fit two 480 radiators....lol

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Agreed Bill.  It's a well executed product by NZXT.  They saw that a lot of people really liked the built in ones on some of their cases, and came out with this as a response.  Well played, and well executed.  Can't ask much more than that :)

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Nice breakdown Chris.

Looks like the same hub that comes with the NZXT H630 that I just reviewed (sans the plastic shell). It would be nice if it had PWM Control like the one Jesse has.

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Got one on the way! Oughta stir up some storm in the cable jungle! :P
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good review. and an excellent option to fan controllers. the only way this could be better (and maybe someone know how to do this) would be an easy way to control this with a single fan controller. thanks for the review!

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@Greg, it looks like save for a few LEDs they're pretty much the same thing.  I don't know why they wouldn't be lol

 

@modnatic, with proper cable management, it shouldn't be too bad.  At least everything can be tied together, and sent to one spot lol

 

@natron, thanks.  I was thinking about that the other night.  I'll have to do some looking, and see if anyone has a single channel fan controller that could be easily mounted/modded to go somewhere to control this, with out having a 6 channel fan controller, or something.

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RonHGeneral
Dec 27 2013 10:00 PM

Thanks for the review now I know it would fit on the back of my motherboard tray with no issues

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