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NZXT Sentry LXE Review

Rating: 8.0.

Over the past few years NZXT have released 3 variations of their Sentry line of fan controllers. The first 2 models were front mounted inside a case which often meant cables everywhere. Today we have their first external fan controller the Sentry LXE in the KitGuru labs.  The Sentry LXE is an external touch screen display that allows the control of up to 5 fans and 5 thermal probes using the touch screen display.

The 5 thermal probes can be configured to trigger an alarm if any of the sensors surpass the temperature settings we configure. We will be testing the Sentry LXE in the NZXT Phantom chassis that we recently reviewed.

  • Intuitive Touch Screen LCD – Advanced, touch screen LCD displays temperatures in C/F, RPMs, along with the date, time, and day of the week. Users have the ability to switch the display off for complete darkness for more immersive gaming sessions
  • Complete Control – 5 Temperature Probes keep tabs on thermals throughout the case while the 5 Fan controllers adjust the fans’ RPM speed for at least 10W per channel. Allows users to automatically adjust the fan speeds to correspond to a specific temperature, manually customize for extreme overclocking capabilities, or set to absolute silence
  • Temperature Alarm – Instant notification if temperatures rise above a designated point
  • Sleek Design – Brushed aluminum frame provides sleek aesthetics for any desktop.
  • Rechargeable Battery – The Sentry LXE features a rechargeable battery for up to 500 times, keeping the LXE life time longer without the hassle of replacing batteries constantly.
  • Using a NZXT developed PCI board and external touch display, the LXE allows for more 5.25″ bays freed up for other peripherals.environment. Simply set the fan controller atop your PC or desktop and connect through PCI card interface.


Fan Adjustment Range 3.7V to 12V
Fan Channel 5
Max watt per channel 10W
Temperature Module Channel 5
Temperature Range 0 ~ 99℃ / 32 ~ 199.9℉
Measurement Frequency Every 2 Seconds
Temperature Alarm Range 30℃ to 90℃
(AUTO) Min 50%, Under 0-25℃,fan RPM 50%
(MANUAL) Min 40%
Screen Size 5.27 inches

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  • Raymond

    Cool little tool, are these sold outside the US?

  • Roger

    Good device, looks great too which helps. Might look into picking up one later this month.

  • Stefan

    Looks well on a desk, my friend has one similar, not by NZXT. I think this one looks better so ill be sure to show him it later.

  • Terry

    Looks good, dont personallly see a need for it however.

  • Frank Detorrio

    Good looking product, but I have never really understand the need for a fan controller. if you get good fans they should be pretty quiet anyway, no need for a windstorm 🙂

  • Hakuren

    I’m thinking about one, as it will solve one of my problems. With external module I can put another RAID backplane inside and stick LXE on the desk with a bit of tape. It is a win – win solution just need to wire cables differently.