A look inside
Taking a look at the innards or rear panel of the SF-610 we find connections on the left for power input (12V/5V), three fan headers, on the opposite right three externally mountable thermistor connects, HDD monitor connect, and the USB feed from which the unit reads BIOS info (seen below);
Here you can see the fan headers and power input;
Opposite the fan headers we take a closer look at thermistor, HDD connectors and USB input. (Note: this was a pre-production unit and the USB will be an internal pin source, where as our model was fitted ad hoc for testing); The Software side
TTGI as supplied a utility to accompany the 610 which replicates in Windows the same values displayed on the front panel. A unique feature which can replace several programs such as having to run H.Oda's
WCPUCLK. The SF-610's Windows display utility eliminates the need to either get up or position yourself so you’re in eye line of the front panel on your PC. Many people have their PC's under a desk, or simply have a difficult time reading the display from a distance.
I only connected one thermistor and fan for the time being which is why the other values aren't active, the unit show a lot of potential, whether you’re a hardware enthusiast, product tester or just curious about the state of your hardware. At any given time you can see what’s up with your PC:Ergonomics
Obviously much of the SF-610's appeal is its ergonomics. Not as important as its monitoring abilities, for example, the accuracy of thermistor, however; still important for ergonomics.Conclusion:
TTGI's SF-610 is utilitarian delight and most definitely recommended. I have only one complaint, that being the SF-610 is not a true rheostat lacking the ability to control fan-speeds. This function, which is included on their SF-609
would have made this unit a true successor instead of an alternative to the SF-609. Therefore the SF-610
must be categorized primarily as a passive device were it not for the alarm functions. Insofar as pricing, I was not given a MSRP as yet, however; their SF-609 with fan speed adjustability runs approximately $35. The question the remains would I pay $35 for the SF-610? Given the fact it has three externally mounted thermistor, great ergonomics and can display temps from its thermistor both on the front panel and through Windows, YES. That the SF-610 also displays time, date, HDD status, memory status, CPU speed, LAN connectivity, monitor resolution dpi, also on the front panel and in Windows makes the SF-610 even more worthy of recommendation. I'd like to thank Tony at TTGI USA
for giving [M] this sneak peek at their new offering.
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