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Vantec Nexus NXP-205 Fan Controller
review by David, 24 August 2003


Fan control devices are somewhat of a requirement for overclockers who want variable cooling solutions to suit situations where extra cooling is needed, or otherwise when the need for silence is greater than the need for extra cooling. Cliff Anderson of the original Fanbus inspired the concept of fan control devices, giving the user the choice to run fans at variable speeds, or shutting them off entirely when not in use. Generally, fan control devices fallinto the following categories:

  • On / off
    • Your fans connected to the controller are either on or off
  • Full speed / fixed lower speed / off
    • Your fans have three different voltage settings. Full speed denotes the maximum amount of voltage going through the fan, usually 12V. The fixed lower speed is usually 7V, though some might use 5V instead, depending on the requirements of the user. Of course, off means zero voltage, where the fan is turned off. This is done by using a switch, to switch between the different voltage settings.
  • Full speed / variable lower speed / off
    • Using a variable resistor, or potentiometer, the user van manually adjust the amount of voltage passing through a fan, giving a near infinite number of different voltage options which in turn give a near infinite number of optional fan speeds.

In the last two categories, the 'off' option sometimes isn't a necessity, as some users would not like to turn fans all the way off.

Vantec Nexus NXP-205

Vantec supplied 8BallsHardware with the Nexus NXP-205 fan controller for review. The NXP-205 is a fan controller which fits into a 3 1/2" drive bay, perfect for users who lack a spare 5 1/4" bay but would like to install a fan controller into their system.


  • 4 Channel Fan Controller
  • Adjustable Fan Speed Knob
  • Aluminum "U" Type Housing
  • Ultra Bright Blue LED Lights
  • Each Channel Supports Up to 18 Watts
  • Fits In A Standard 3.5" Drive Bay
  • No Need to Cut Wires Like Other Fan Controller. Just Plug The Cable In
  • Available in silver or black
  • Great for Vantec Tornado or Other High CFM Fans


  • Input Voltage: 12V
  • Output Voltage: 7V~12V
  • Output Current: Up to 1.5A
  • Dimensions: 102 x 25.5 x 120mm
  • Weight: 120g

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