The name Sunbeamtech
used to be synonymous with LED fans and other computer lighting gadgets. In the past year, things have really changed. They now offer a wide range of products, including a line of cases, coolers, input devices, and fan controllers, among other things. The fan controller category is of interest to us today, as Sunbeamtech has a totally new product to add to their line up, the Theta TP-101 software based fan controller.
has offered the typical fan controller (rheobus) in a variety of styles in the past, but the software based Theta TP-101 is much different. Instead of using knobs to mechanically vary resistance, a Windows interface is used to automate this through software, while providing on screen information for up to 8 fans and 8 thermal probes. Software based controllers are still quite uncommon, and the only other one we have reviewed at BigBruin.com is the mCubed T-Balancer
covered in December 2004.
Before getting into the specifics of the item provided for review, let's take a look at some published data on the Theta TP-101 taken from the Sunbeamtech
Maximum Power Per Channel: 10W
System Requirement: Windows 98 / ME, 2000, XP
Input / Output Voltage: 12Volt / 6-12Volt Recommend
Display Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
PC software control design.
Settings of fans can be saved / loaded in PC.
Fan settings schedule.
Supports up to 8 channel of output. ( Max 10W per channel )
Supports up to 8 thermal sensors.
Fan error and overheat alarm.
Fits in PCI slot.
Connect to PC via USB
The review sample shipped directly from Taiwan, and well, the packaging looked like it had one wild adventure. The box shown below was beat up a bit, but the outer pouch it was traveling in looked much worse. Perhaps an unpadded pouch wasn't the best choice, but hopefully US retailers will ship from their stores in a rigid outer box in order to protect the contents.
Despite the cuts and dents in the packaging, you get a good overview of the Theta TP-101 from the images above.