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Lamptron FC5v2 fan controller review

Powerful outputs will allow you to not only take controls over more than one fan per channels, but also can easily handle popular models of Water cooling pumps while precise display with ability to select display info color makes Lamptron FC5v2 easy to fit perfectly almost any system

Lamptron FC5v2 in details

Lamptron FC5v2 design is simple and neat. Front panel is made of a chunk of aluminum 4mm thick. FC5v2 dimension involve controller installation inside 5.25″ bay of you PC case. As you may already mentioned, we have received version with black anodized front panel.

Lamptron FC5v2 front view

Lamptron FC5v2 back view

The controller boasts greatly of its new significantly enhanced (compared to version V1) LCD display. Similar devices offend display information in two colors (black/white), whereas Lamptron FC5v2 does it with multiple colors, although each can be selected one at a time. The 12.6 cm display is sunk inside the front panel by 2mm and covered with dust proof tape.

Below it, there are four dials for fan speed adjustment corresponding to four fan channels. The distance between dial is about 22mm which is quite enough to set the speed preciously without changing setting for neighboring fan channels.

Lamptron FC5v2 top view

All the electronics of Lamptron FC5v2 is located on two PCBs. The first one includes LCD control components, while the second one hold the electronics for fans control channels. The last also features all the power (4-pin Molex) and fan (3-pin)connectors.Each of fan connectors has a power transistor located near it. Note, that there are no heatsinks on power elements bearing in mind each channel can hold at 30 W o, which means developers did a great job on component andschematics selection while making this device. We could not identify the model of power elements Lamptron uses for FC5v2, because the manufacturer has erased the marking of the chips deliberately.

As we said, the back PCB featuresfour 3-pin (P1, P2, P3, P4) fan and one main 4-min Molex (P6) power connector. Besides that, there are other controls.

Lamptron FC5v2 connector layout

For example, JS1,JS2,JS3 and JS4 connectors are made for installation temperature probe that came with the device. С and F pins allows you choose between the way the temperature is shown on display: in Fahrenheit or Celsius degrees. In case both pin pairs are shortened, the display will show the voltage currently powering each fan channel. The Alarm pins are dedicated for enabling the sound alarm via on-booard beeper in case temperature probe reading goes over 70 С or fans stop spinning while being power with 6.5 V or more. Finlay the are a group of pins marked as RGB that is responsible for selection of color for controller backlight. There are seven available colors that are selected by shortening the pins in the following order:

  • B — blue
  • G — green
  • R — red
  • B+G — cayn
  • B+R — purple
  • G+R — yellow
  • B+G+R — white

And here how each of them look during controller operation:

Lamptron FC5v2 blue backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 green backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 red backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 cyan backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 purple backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 yellow backlight

Lamptron FC5v2 white backlight

The backlight of display is even which make all the figures acer clearly readable on the screen. Specified colors names correspond to the real ones almost completely, however, white includes some of purple tint. On the other hand, the backlight is so strong that even screen ends covered with light absorbing material still show the light through. One can fix it by filling the ends with a permanent black marker.

Despite all that, the information on the screen is easy to read at almost any view angle:

Lamptron FC5v2 horizontal view angles

Lamptron FC5v2 vertical view angles

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