I just ordered the 'fanstorm' deluxe product
). I ordered it direct from the mfr in Australia, as they have no local distributors in the US. I started filling out the online order form, but then noticed the site was not secure so called them on the number listed on their website. They are about 5 hours 'behind' (earlier) than Pacific Time, so it's easy to get through to someone. Note this changes dramatically from winter to summer, as we change our clocks one way, they change the opposite, so the winter/summer time difference is quite big.
While on the phone, I suggested they send a model to you guys (forum) for a review, and also suggested they try to get silicon acoustics to carry the product.
Anyway - I wish it displayed the temp, but it doesn't. I have the digitaldoc5 also, so I'll use that to monitor temps. This is less than ideal, as digitaldoc5 will monitor temp; display temp; turn fan on when threshhold exceeded. Fanstorm will monitor temp; turn fan on when threshhold exceeded; increase power to fan as temp rises; give visual indication (pulsating/color led's) of the increase in power.
Much overlap, but niether one does everything. The fanstorm only has 3 preset 'trigger' temps - 35, 40, 45. Once the trigger is exceeded, it turns the fan on 'slow'. It will gradually increase the power to the fan as the temp rises. A blue LED reflects this by blinking slowly or quickly If it reaches full fan power (solid blue LED) and the temp does not drop, a separate red LED comes on. It also provides RPM signalling. I think this is 'one wire' only. Not sure if the digitalDoc5 can read the RPM in this manner - for a fan that it is not powering itself. We'll see.
The biggest drag is going to be the need to mount two thermistors on key devices - hard drive, power supply, etc - one for the fanstorm to monitor (so it can turn on the associated fan) and one for DigitalDoc5 so it can display the temp. I won't be using the fan control aspect of the DigitalDoc5, I guess - but maybe I can - use it to turn on an 'auxiliary fan' in case the fanstorm does not cool.
Anyone else tried this device (fanstorm?). Looks worth a shot.
I did look at the Natrium Tech product, but the fans aren't temp controled. I looked at the Pyramid (Cobalt3), but it seems to have only one temp sensor - I want to monitor HD, PSU, Case, etc.
The project continues ...