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NZXT Announces Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller

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NZXT rolled out Sentry Mix 2, the second generation of its audio mixing equipment-inspired fan controller. The Sentry Mix 2 features six fan channels, controlled by six independent analog sliders. NZXT made the sliders broader, and gave each an LED-backlit label. There are five color options for these LEDs that can be chosen from. The sliders aren't just rheostats, they also support PWM. The controller features six 4-pin outputs, for fans that support PWM control methods. The controller can supply each fan with up to 30W of power, drawing a maximum of 180W. The Sentry Mix 2 fits into a standard 5.25-inch drive bay, drawing power from up to two 4-pin Molex connectors. Available in just the black color option for now, the Sentry Mix 2 features a matte-black bezel with glossy-black sliders. NZXT didn't reveal pricing or availability.

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As an owner if the first one... Well, isn't this some crap.

But whatever, I think I like the look of the first one a bit more, anyway.
 

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I have a sentry Mix 1 and it works well if not looking a little cheap and plasticky. This sentry mix 2 looks more like they refined the way it looks a little more, No serious changes were made which can either be a bad thing or good thing depending how the price it.

If it costs the same as the sentry Mix 1 then it will be fine. a slight cosmetic change doesnt really warrant a '2' prefix nor should it cost more... Just discontinue the Mix 1 and put the Mix 2 into production
 

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I have a sentry Mix 1 and it works well if not looking a little cheap and plasticky. This sentry mix 2 looks more like they refined the way it looks a little more, No serious changes were made which can either be a bad thing or good thing depending how the price it.

If it costs the same as the sentry Mix 1 then it will be fine. a slight cosmetic change doesnt really warrant a '2' prefix nor should it cost more... Just discontinue the Mix 1 and put the Mix 2 into production
The electronics have been re-designed, as we had quite a few issues with the original (no explosions or anything, just dying.humming). Hence why the original was discontinued a while ago, The product guys went back and reworked the PCB and are using higher quality components.

I believe the Mix 2 will retail for $29.99.

And.... that avatar.....
 
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Drawing 180W from a couple of molex connectors seems ill-advised.

Otherwise, seems legit, though ideally you want your board to deal with this kinda shit.

I like how they recessed it so that cases with close-fitting front doors won't have issues.