LED fan controller for 5.25" external bay

Aeacus

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Hi everyone.

So, i'm on a market for searching a LED fan controller that i can mount into my last free 5.25" external bay in my Skylake build. Full specs in my sig.

Even though my Corsair 760T does have built-in fan controller, it isn't good enough for me. It's only 2 speed (50% and 100%) and it has 4 channels. I have 7 case fans and i like to connect most of them to fan controller for greater control over fan speeds.

In my area, i have these fan controllers available:
AeroCool F4XT: http://www.aerocool.us/peripheral/f4xt.htm
AeroCool F5XT: http://www.aerocoolaustralia.com.au/en/fan-controller/single-bay/f5xt
AeroCool F6XT: http://www.aerocoolaustralia.com.au/en/fan-controller/single-bay/f6xt
AeroCool CoolTouch-E: http://www.aerocoolaustralia.com.au/en/fan-controller/single-bay/cooltouch-e
AeroCool CoolTouch-R: http://www.aerocoolaustralia.com.au/en/fan-controller/single-bay/cooltouch-r
AeroCool X-Vision: http://www.aerocoolaustralia.com.au/en/fan-controller/single-bay/x-vision
BitFenix Recon: https://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/recon
Lamptron FC2: http://www.lamptron.com/product/controllers/fc2/
Lian Li PT-FN04: http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pt-fn04/
NZXT GRID+ V2: https://www.nzxt.com/products/grid-plus-v2
NZXT Sentry Mesh: https://www.nzxt.com/products/sentry-mesh
NZXT Sentry Mix 2: https://www.nzxt.com/products/sentry-mix-2
NZXT Sentry 2: http://static.highspeedbackbone.net/pdf/NZXT%20Sentry%20II%20Full%20System%20Fan%20Controller%20Manual.pdf
NZXT Sentry 3: https://www.nzxt.com/products/sentry-3
Scythe Kaze Master II: http://www.scythe-eu.com/en/products/pc-accessory/kaze-master-ii.html
Thermaltake Commander FT: http://www.thermaltake.com/Cooler/Cooling_Accessory_/Fan_Controllor/C_00002651/Commander_FT_Touchscreen_Fan_Controller/design.htm
Thermaltake Commander F5: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002119
Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB: http://www.thermaltake.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002777
Zalman ZM-MFC1 Plus: http://www.zalman.com/contents/products/view.html?no=502

Note: i need a fan controller that supports 4-pin fan hookup since i'm planning to connect my Corsair ML140 and NZXT AER140 RGB fans to it.

I did consider NZXT Sentry 3 and Thermaltake Commander FT since they have nice touchscreens but since they have the lowest setting at 40%, it's not good enough.

Currently, i'm considering to go with Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB. It may not have touchscreen but it has color change option (my build theme is black & red), has 6 channels for 3-pin or 4-pin fans and also has temperature sensors for each channel.
Bitfenix Recon also appeals to me due to the touchscreen it has with nice white symbols, with 5 channels and temperature sensor for each channel. Though, with Bitfenix Recon, i can't use the software it has since i don't have any free USB 2.0 internal headers.

While Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB has fan control by voltage adjustment (0.1V per step), the Bitfenix Recon has fan control by RPM (100 RPM per step). But since the lowest voltage the Bitfenix Recon can output is 6V, i'm not sure if i can run my Corsair ML140 fans at their lowest operating RPM (about 400).
Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB also has 2x adapters for LED strips which is a nice bonus over other fan controllers. Though, the gray surface area around the LED display is something i'm not fond with.

Of course, getting a fan controller that supports PWM control and not DC control would be ideal but i haven't found any 5.25" external bay PWM LED fan controllers in my area.

What's your thoughts about this?

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Aeacus

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I know that there are PWM fan hubs out there but those doesn't provide me full control over each fan but instead all fans run in sync, hence the reason why i like to have a fan controller.

I have accepted the fact that i can't get the PWM control for each channel and i'm comfortable with DC control for each channel. Now, the question is which one to go for.

Edit:
Planning to make the purchase within this week.

Edit 2:
Bought Thermaltake Commander F6 RGB fan controller and i'm happy with my decision.
Here are also few pics if anyone is interested,
link: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-3272328/show-newest-system-upgrade-components/page-5.html#19565270
 

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