mCubed T-Balancer bigNG Advanced Fan Controller Review

Modding/Small Mods by mich_vm @ 2007-01-19

mCubed introduced their first product back in 2004, named the T-Balancer XL we tested it and found it to be the most advanced and feature rich fan controller out there; rather than waiting for the competition to catch up, mCubed decided to up the stakes and they´ve released the T-Balancer bigNG, which aims to improve on the features and capabilities of the XL.

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Conclusive Thoughts


I can already tell this T-balancer bigNG gives you a lot of options to play with. Probably a bit too much for the casual user out there, but it's nice knowing we can actually change and adapt almost every aspect of the cooling/noise balance held by this fan control.

I was a bit skeptical about the software at start, but my worries were unfounded. There are lots of options to explore and not only did it run stable during the course of these tests, possible issues can be resolved by checking for software and firmware updates at the mCubed site.

In the end it’s hard to find any real disadvantages. The onboard microcontroller works like a charm, you can almost attach an infinite number of sensors to the unit and the acrylic case gives it a sort of alien look that differentiates it from others. The software is easy to use and a prime example of excellent engineering.

The price tag should be around €67 now, not much more than you'll end up paying when buying another high end fan controller. mCubed claimed this is the most advanced fan controller ever made, and we certainly won’t deny this, it’s an unique product and sits alone at the top.

Since the bigNG is quite an innovative and an unique product it gets our Novelty recommended tag:

Madshrimps (c)

I like to thank mCubed for allowing us to test drive their product.

Madshrimps (c)
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Comment from spookmineer @ 2007/01/21
Someone else brought this forward:

Madshrimps assembled their BigNG incorrectly. One of the acrylic panels has a large rectangular cutout for the central heatsink, which can get as hot as 80 C (!) according to the manual.
Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/21
Mich_vm who did the review told me neither of the acrylic panels had a cut-out like shown on the picture of the box as well as in other reviews he's seen of the unit;
Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/21
asked him to reply here, from what i recall, no cutout :/
Comment from piotke @ 2007/01/21
Originally Posted by koensa View Post
but it is visible in the picture?first page?
that's the picture of the box. Secon page a picture of the device. And no cutout visible.
Comment from piotke @ 2007/01/22
Originally Posted by koensa View Post

this was by no means to offend you piotke, i just noticed it on the pictures
Lol, I'm surely not offended
Comment from jort @ 2007/01/27
spellingcontrol was still active on word? cause the red lines under some words.

This picture i was talking about:
Comment from wutske @ 2007/01/27
I guess they have made 2 version of it ?
because in thise Danish review, there is a cutout for the heatsink:
Comment from jmke @ 2007/01/27
I think our sample was from an early batch, all versions should have the cut-out