There are times when noise can be such a pleasant sound. After getting hit with over 34” inches of snow in many parts of New England, I would never have thought the beeping sound of trucks backing up and scraping sound of blades on the pavement would be so beautiful. That scraping sound, of course, meant there was more cleanup to be had clearing the sidewalk and driveway for the third time. I have to be thankful to the heavy equipment crews for working so hard to get the city I live in back in decent shape. Under the adverse conditions of sleep deprivation, trucks that are continuously breaking down and freezing rain on top of the snow, the crews are what I would consider amazing.
With computers, there are times where we crave silence and other times where it is all about power. I know when I am sitting in my office and watching a movie, I don’t want to hear my fans over the sound from the movie. There are other times where I am just trying to get the highest stable overclock I can possible get as a challenge and I don’t really care how much noise the system is making to accomplish that task. These situations are just a few where having a fan controller can be useful. With the manual control of the fan speed I am able to adjust the noise level to my liking, while monitoring temperatures of the system.
Fan controllers are all about functionality and style. The Fractal Design Adjust 108 fits the bill for both with six 35w channels and a solid brushed aluminum panel. The Adjust 108 fits into a single 5.25” drive bay and has long 600mm 4-pin/3-pin fan cables to reach any part of a normal full tower case without stretching them across the motherboard. Power is provided to the controller and fans through a single 4-pin Molex cable or 15-pin SATA power cable. Each channel's fan speed is adjusted with one of the rubberized sliders on the front of the panel. LEDs are present below each slider that shift from white (low) to blue (high) when the sliders are adjusted.
|Model Name||Fractal Design Adjust 108|
|Color||Black Cable Connectors and Black PCB|
|Form Factor||5.25" Drive Bay|
149 x 42 x 88 mm
Provided by: Fractal Design
No compensation was received for review of this product.
Price: $34.99 Estimated USD
With a price point of $34.99 USD, the Fractal Design Adjust 108 would fall into the Enthusiast category for a fan controller.
The Fractal Design Adjust 108 is a well-built, high end fan controller for the enthusiast crowd. With its low profile brushed aluminum panel, it looks good in cases and will easily fit even in cases that have doors that cover the 5.25” bays. Some other fan controllers that have knobs, instead of sliders, interfere with the doors that are present on many of the chassis available. Sliders on the front panel are stiff enough that you can make fine adjustments and are rubberized. There is also an LED present for each channel that changes from white, at low speeds, to blue, when fans are set to a higher speed.
The Adjust 108 is able to control fans on six separate channels with the ability to handle a total of 36W per channel. All of this fits into a package that only takes up a single 5.25” drive bay. I tested the capability of the fan controller by placing a total of five fans at four watts each on a single channel and the controller did not have any issues powering them. The ability to place 36 watts on each channel should be more than enough for any system, no matter how many fans you have to keep it cool.
Along with being pleasant to look at, the Adjust 108 is easy to work with. The cable connections are removable at the PCB and are 600mm long so they can be routed through large cases neatly. The PCB and cables are also all black so they blend in nicely to the interior of most cases that are painted black on the inside. The power cable supports either a 4-pin Molex connector or a 15-ping SATA cable to power it. I found this to be a great setup, since I did not have any other 4-pin devices in the system, and I was able to keep the cable management even cleaner by using the SATA power cable.
Overall, for aesthetics and performance, the Fractal Design Adjust 108 is excellent. This is a fan controller that could be used in absolutely any system to maintain silence or cooling, depending on the situation. The construction of the front panel is excellent and is made out of a solid piece of aluminum so there is no flex to the device. The Adjust 108 earns the HiTechLegion Gold award because of the quality construction, powerful features, long cables, and SATA power connector. The only real downside is that it is priced at over $30, so for most people this is going to be expensive for a fan controller.