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In conclusion, the DD5 is a very effective fan control device and monitoring system.  In the cases where I purposely caused settings to go above the alarm threshold, it quickly sounded the alarm and showed the problem.  However, if I had not been there to correct it, the DD5 wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it.  I also discovered that it was very difficult to integrate the DD5 into an existing cooling setup such as mine.  For a truly proper installation, the DD5 needs to be put in when you’re building the computer for the first time.  That way you can map out the sensors and the fans that are going to be controlled without having to reengineer your entire setup.  That being said, you get some relatively inexpensive piece of mind knowing that you can instantly see what is going on inside your case in regard to temperatures, fans, and voltages.

Thanks again to Sidewinder Computers for sending over this review sample.  They've got a great selection of other modification items too, check them out.



Pros:

  • Can monitor 8 fans and sensors
  • Support for large fans
  • Voltage monitoring
  • Mounting space for hard drive
  • Good packaging
  • Quick warning for problem conditions


  • Cons:

  • Wiring mess is practically guaranteed
  • Odd backlight color
  • Fan filter plugs quickly

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