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NZXT announces Grid fan hub

NZXT announces Grid fan hub

NZXT's Grid, previously only available in selected own-brand cases, is to provide system builders with the means to power ten fans from a single molex in any case.

NZXT has announced the impending launch of the Grid, an internal fan hub designed to bring one of the key selling points of its Switch 810 case to the mass market.

Previously available only within selected NZXT cases, the Grid is an internal fan controller designed to take on the task of powering up to ten fans using a neat modular cabling arrangement. Powered by a single Molex to 3-pin power adapter connected at the base, included in the box and measuring 200mm, the Grid provides ten three-pin outputs split into two banks of five at either side.

Designed to tidy up the cabling within a system, the Grid is designed to be hidden away in the case somewhere at the mid-point of the fan layout. Each fan then runs to the Grid unit, providing a means of simplifying cable management and reducing the number of extraneous power cables dotted around the place. A white LED is provided for power indication, although this is largely unnecessary: the Grid works best when hidden in the depths of your case's cable management section, and if the fans are spinning you know you've got power.

The bundle itself includes the Grid fan hub, the 200mm Molex power adapter, a 200mm three-pin female to female adapter, two 200mm cable extensions for otherwise out-of-reach fans, and a set of five black cable ties to tidy everything up. Sadly, the Grid does not include any control capabilities: it's a dumb hub, providing power only to the ten connected fans and not allowing any control or monitoring of speed.

That, however, is being reflected in the price. While full UK pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed - NZXT will only say that it is 'coming soon' - the Grid is being launched in the US at a recommend retail price of $11.99 (around £8 excluding taxes.) Whether it will win modders and system builders over from the alternative of using extension cables and splitters to power masses of fans, however, remains to be seen.

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Picarro 17th April 2013, 14:09 Quote
They should create a version for 4-pin PWM fans, and then with a single PWM header from the hub to the motherboard.
misterd 17th April 2013, 16:20 Quote
Is there a reason devices such as this aren't using SATA power connectors? They're on every power supply now, and nothing else in my system uses molex anymore. On any of the modular power supplies I've used the molex ends are on a separate cable from the SATA ones. I like to keep things tidy. </rant>
SchizoFrog 17th April 2013, 22:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
They should create a version for 4-pin PWM fans, and then with a single PWM header from the hub to the motherboard.

Thats what I thought as well at first but surely if you want PWM control then you would rather control fans individually or in sets and there are already fan controllers that offer that such as the in depth mCubed T-Balancer,

I don't really see the point of this though either as who wants up to 10 fans all running at full blast all the time? Especially as those with enough space to fit that many fans will have a case that either has an included fan controller or at least would be of a high enough value to mean that the buyer would not mind spending just a little more for a proper fan controller.
ziza 22nd April 2013, 16:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by misterd
Is there a reason devices such as this aren't using SATA power connectors? They're on every power supply now, and nothing else in my system uses molex anymore. On any of the modular power supplies I've used the molex ends are on a separate cable from the SATA ones. I like to keep things tidy. </rant>

Agreed a SATA hub would be more useful, but many FAN do not come with such connectors.
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