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-- Posted by: merlinicorpus
-- Posted on: 2003-10-30
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The unit itself is made of aluminum that has been anodized blue.  The knobs are made out of what appears to be machined aluminum that has been anodized with a clear coat.  A sticker that points out the fan number and its setting completes the front.

   When you take a look at the unit from the rear you can see that there is very little in the way of electronics.  There is only a small PCB that is bolted to the frame.  You can also see that the #1 port has a heatsink, and contains slightly different circuitry.  This is because that port has a higher capacity than the other ones.  1A vs. the .35A max load of the other three.  This was a unfortunate design mistake.  I think that all four should have been manufactured with the same specs as channel 1.  This would have cleared up a lot of the confusion in the manual, made the bay more reliable, and greater voltage accuracy.  While this isn't a serious problem for me, it does cause concern.

   When you get a closer look at the PCB, you can see how simple the design is.  There are 4 voltage inputs and 4 voltage outputs.  For me this was a crippling design flaw.  Instead of having one voltage input that takes care of the entire bay (preferably a Molex connector), they chose to put 4 separate voltage inputs on the board.  While this may be marginally useful if you want to rig up some system with the ability to turn fans on and off independently or use it in conjunction with something like a DigiDoc 5, for the average consumer this just adds a nightmare of wiring issues and confusion. 

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