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-- Bitspower X-Panel XP II
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-01-19
-- Price: ~ $N/A USD
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This is a pretty complex construction of a kit considering all that it does is control Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps. Here is a close up of what makes the XP II work.



    I know a lot of people are going to complain that this product only comes with blue LED's, but there is a way around that. If you look closely at this next image, you can see that the LED's are just soldered to the PCB, which means that most modders with average soldering skills should be able to change out the LED if they want.



    Here is my "test" setup along with what the product looks like when off. The XP II can support 2 inverters and 4 devices using readily available CCFL products. Straight CCFL's are a little boring, so I decided to use two Sunbeam CCFL fan's for demonstration.



    The XP has 5 modes: Off, On, Sound Activated, Strobe, and Flashing. Since you have seen off already, this next image is On using a Green and a Blue CCFL fans.



    Next are short AVI movies demonstrating the different modes of the XP II. The files were compressed using a DivX codec to reduce size and if you need the free DivX player you can get it here.

Sound Activated

Strobe

Strobe with Lights on Low

Strobe with Slow Pulse

Flashing


    In conclusion, this is the best CCFL controller I have seen and I will probably replace another companies CCFL controller with this one. There are so many positives with this product, from having an unlimited amount of settings, to the different modes (including strobe!!), I would have to give this product a perfect 10 except for 1 minor flaw. I am very disappointed that Bitspower did not include a covering for the bottom of the PCB. Metal cases and exposed components isn't a good idea at all. Fortunately, this can be resolved by buying a small piece of adhesive backed Velcro to stick on the PCB.


Pros:

  • Fit's in a 3.5 inch bay.
  • Works as designed
  • Changeable LED's
  • Unlimited Configurations
  • Easy to Install


  • Cons:

    • Solder Points on bottom of PCB not covered.

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