NZXT Grid+ Six Port Fan Hub
Nov 04,2014 0 Comments
NZXT Grid+ Six Port Fan Hub. At some point in the last year or so, you may have noticed that NZXT has been offering a fan hub in their midrange to top-tier cases; you know, that little PCB or plastic box hanging on the back of the motherboard tray. You may have even seen one of the stand alone units, like the one reviewed here, where we got up close and personal with the Grid 10 port fan hub. Originally, the idea was to take a power lead to deliver power to a PCB capable of offering 30W across all ten fan ports as a whole, not individually. However, the real issue with this idea is that while it does allow a clean way to supply up to ten fans with an easy to mount hub that tends to wiring issues, and fills the need for more fan power, there was very little as far as control when using the Grid.
NZXT took that simple idea to the chalkboard and kicked around a few ideas, and came up with the best solution possible: point and click software that is super simple to use. So, this time around, the device is slightly larger than the original design, but that is due to the technology needed to take any open native USB 2.0 port and turn it into a communications gateway to this new fan hub. NZXT could have stopped right there if they wanted to, and customers would have been sitting in front of the desk like the meme of Fry holding cash, saying “shut up and take my money,” but they didn’t. NZXT figured that since the software is tied to the PC, they could take things a step further with today’s cross-platform technology. Now you can log-in and check this from another PC, and you can even install an iPhone app and control it remotely that way as well. Unfortunately, in our searching we did not find a Droid equivalent.
Today we will be looking at the NZXT Grid+, the latest evolution in the NZXT fan hub. Not only are you about to see the most controllable fan hub we have ever reviewed, but with its compact nature, it can be hidden almost anywhere. It also comes with all the goodies and wiring you will need to get set up, but you see things like power usage per channel via software, and you have the ability to pick presets or customize the fan curve used with your tastes in mind. Any way you look at the Grid+ from NZXT, you have to admit that this is pretty ingenious compared to all other fan hubs offered prior to this.
NZXT supplies a pretty serious specifications chart for a fan hub, not that we mind; we rather like it when companies deliver all of the information at hand, rather than what is thought of as most important. At the top, we find that the Grid+ can also be searched by its part number, AC-GRIDP-M1. We also see that the unit is 73mm square across the top, and stands only 18mm in height to fit in the thinnest locations. There is very little to its construction really. There is a top and bottom shell made of black plastic, and the top has an acrylic insert for the white power LED, and on the inside there is a PBC with various components soldered to it. Also, NZXT is sure to mention the CAM software control, and we will have a page dedicated to that later in this review.
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