As expensive as it may appear, the NZXT Grid+ is probably the best solution out there when it comes to controlling your fans through a relatively intuitive software. However, like all products, it has it’s flaws and strengths. I really love how thin the actual fan controller is, and that you can control up to 6 fans independently in the CAM software. For £30, you should be expecting the best of the best for a fan controller.
In the Box
You get the NZXT Grid+ of course, along with two fan extension cables, which are definitely needed, since once you plug in the fans to the fan headers on the Grid, they are very difficult to take out. There is a DC in to 4 Pin Molex for the power, and a USB to plug in to your motherboards’ USB 2.0 header. There are some instructions provided, but a weak point of NZXT is the instructions. The pictures provided still take some working out from the user.
The Grid+ was very easy to install, just use the 3M pads provided to stick anywhere to the back of your motherboard. Then hook up the cables and your fans.
The software is a bit hit or miss with people. I have heard that for some, the CAM doesn’t function at all, and that it doesn’t recognise than fans, or other software related problems. i haven’t experienced those issues, but what i do know that is wrong with it is that the CAM software for everybody takes a while to load up. And in that time of booting up, the ‘controlling part’ doesn’t occur until the software opens.
But at that point, your system is idle, so that shouldn’t be an issue. The software is very intuitive, unlike many other competitors like SpeedFan, which software is very complicated for the average user. All you have to do is set the speed you want your fans to run at, in incraments of 5%. So you won’t get a smooth curve as the temperature increases.
Availability And Specs
For £30/$31, this product can be yours.
The specs can be found below.
|Item Weight||204 g|
|Product Dimensions||7.3 x 7.3 x 1.8 cm|
Pros And Cons
- Really intuitive software
- Up to six fans independently controlled
- Very versatile and high compatibility with cases
- Really expensive for a fan controller
- The software is slow to load up
If I were to rate this product out of 5 it would be a 3.8 out of 5. The fan controller is great, and is probably the best you can find, and is very discreet. However, the steep price tag and the software issues may steer you away.