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Multifunctional panel AeroCool Touch-R: review and testing

Many buyers understand that not all computer cases require the equipping with various additional cooling systems. After all, if the system uses relatively cold components, it is not acceptable to create extra noise sources by own hands. However, if you're a gamer or the owner of a very productive configuration, it is better to have additional fans. High performance of components is inevitably associated with increased heat dissipation, which is highly undesirable for efficient operation. The traditional way of dealing with high temperatures is cooling systems such as fans. But sometimes it happens that it is necessary to have a clear way of monitoring and control fan speeds with the aim to create a comfortable working environment in different situations.

In such cases various modifications of Multi Panel are required. Company AeroCool takes the position of one of the leading manufacturers of products for enthusiasts. It has a number of various multifunctional panels that will satisfy even the most demanding customers.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Not so long ago it has added a panel AeroCool CoolTouch-R, which we will be described in more details. It is compact and has good opportunities of monitoring and fan control. In addition, in the arsenal of devices has an additional connector USB 3.0 and card reader for reading flash memory of format SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RS MMC / Mini SD / Micro SD / T-Flash.

The specs:

Producer

AeroCool

Model

CoolTouch-R White Edition

Form-factor

1 x 5,25"

Display

100 x 25 mm, technology LCD, touch, presence of backlight with the ability to chose one from seven colors

Interfaces

Internal

Loop to connect for fans with sockets Molex or 3-/4-pin sockets

1 x temperature sensor

1 x 4- pin peripheral power socket (Molex)

1 x USB 2.0

1 x USB 3.0

External

1 x USB 3.0

Card reader SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RS MMC / Mini SD / Micro SD / T-Flash

Max capacity per channel

20 W

Rotation speed range

0 / 50% / 75% / 100%

Material

ABS-plastic

Color

White

Dimensions

148,6 x 42,5 x 65 mm

Weight

185 g

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Aerocool

Packaging and content

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Multifunction panel is shipped in a small cardboard box with full color printing. It is worth noting that the package has excellent informativeness, because there are images of the general form of the device, and the information about its advanced features.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

The front side gives the opportunity to evaluate the appearance of the provided panel. In the sale there are two color options: black and white.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

The back side provides information about its structure and purpose of the touch screen, b function of touch keys. Additionally here is information about possible options for backlighting (7 different colors) and available slots for the fans.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Side faces provide the description of AeroCool CoolTouch-R capabilities on different languages. Among them we would like to notice:

  • presence of LCD-display to control and monitor;
  • ability to change the rotation speed of connected fans in four modes;
  • ability to pick up the measure unit of the temperature;
  • presence of USB 3.0 port;
  • support of multi-format card reader.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Scope of supply includes:

  • User's Guide;
  • a set of fixing screws (4 pcs.).

On the manufacturer's website are present another 9 stickers for fixing the temperature sensor, but we did not have them. Perhaps they will be included in the sale version of new item.

Design and elements layout

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

The case of AeroCool CoolTouch-R is made of matt white plastic. Appearance of the panel can be described as strict. Here you won’t see screaming bright elements, until o turn on the power. In general, this is not surprising, because the lion's share of space is occupied by the LCD screen with dimensions 100 x 25 mm.

To install the multifunction panel into system unit you need only one empty 5.25" slot. Traditionally they have optical drives, but in recent years their popularity falls more and more.

On the right side of AeroCool CoolTouch-R is one USB 3.0 connector and universal card reader to read memory cards SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RS MMC / Mini SD / Micro SD / T-Flash.

Internal device

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Internal device AeroCool CoolTouch-R at least visually is extremely simple. For viewing available is only one circuit board, as well as various communication cables.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Among them: loop to connect four fans with sockets Molex or 3-/4-pin sockets; one 4-pin peripheral power socket (Molex) for the operation of the panel and one temperature sensor that can be installed to any more critical device (HDD, CPU cooler, memory module, graphics card).

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

In addition, additional connectors for drives on the front side are connected via a cable USB 2.0 (card reader), and blue USB 3.0 for the corresponding connector. Unfortunately, if the motherboard will not have a plug USB 3.0, to use this cable will be problematic. So when choosing a panel you should consider features of own motherboard. We draw your attention to the fact that the fans are supported with a capacity of no more than 20 W per channel.

The process of installing the panel into the case and connect all the corresponding connectors is very simple. To do this you need quite a bit of patience. If necessary, you can look at the image on the official product page.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

During panel installation it’s important to note that for the convenient value search it is required to set the system block approx on the eye level or on the floor. At the same time the best position is 45°angularly.

Usage process  

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

Usage of the panel is extremely plain. Intuitive touch screen will not cause any problems. Thus, in the top are placed the channel selection buttons (fan 1, fan 2, fan 3 and fan 4). The buttons "+" and "-" are intended to control the fan speed on the selected channel. The speed varies in 4 levels:

  • “0” - off;
  • “L” - low speed rotation;
  • “M” - the medium speed of rotation;
  • “H” - the high speed.

The voltage on the selected channel will be changed to the following levels: 0; 6.9 V; 9 V; 12.2 V respectively. For clarity of the status of the fan in the center is simulated the rotation, the intensity of which is proportional to the speed.

The temperature can be displayed in two scales: Celsius and Fahrenheit. The choice of a scale is performed by pressing the temperature readings.

AeroCool CoolTouch-R

The image on the LCD-display is clear and sharp, and due to the variability of illumination color every owner can customize it for oneself, depending on the conditions of use. As we have said, this model has 7 color options, with any of the 4 channels of the backlight can be set individually. Color selection can be performed by pressing the button «Color».

The performance of drives connected to USB 3.0 socket practically does not differ compared to their direct connection to the motherboard. This is not surprising, since the interface cable serves as a connector between the connector and the motherboard. As a confirmation we report the results of the comparison speed capabilities by connecting a flash drive Silicon Power Jewel J07 32GB.

Test packfge

Test

Connection type

Directly to USB 3.0 port

Via AeroCool CoolTouch-R

HD Tune Pro 4.50

Average read speed MB/s

86,4

85

Access time, ms

0,7

0,7

CPU usage, %

1,7

1,8

EVEREST 5.50

Average speed of linear read, MB/s

95,7

97,2

Read speed from a buffer, MB/s

103,9

117,9

Average access time during read, ms

0,67

0,39

CryStalDiskMark 3.0

Read speed, МB/s

111,4

111

Write speed, МB/S

18,97

17,3

Read speed of block with 512 KB

110,1

104,7

Write speed of block with 512 KB

0,869

0,86

File copy

Max read speed, MB/s

112,50

112,8

Max write speed, MB/s

17,10

13,5

NAS PT 1.71

Average speed, Мb/s

45,1

40,7

As for the card reader, it is a different situation. Due to the fact that it uses bus USB 2.0, and then the data rate is limited exclusively by its bandwidth. So if you decide to copy a significant amount of data from a memory card, you will have to wait, despite the possibility of flash cards. Let’s look the speed performance working with a model Strontium microSDXC UHS-1 64GB NITRO PLUS.

Test packfge

Test

Connection type

Via card-reader Transcend TS-RDF8K

Via AeroCool CoolTouch-R

HD Tune Pro 4.50

Average read speed MB/s

75,9

21,2

Access time, ms

0,57

0,76

CPU usage, %

1,6

1,8

EVEREST 5.50

Average speed of linear read, MB/s

80,6

21,4

Read speed from a buffer, MB/s

83,9

21,4

Average access time during read, ms

0,59

0,78

CryStalDiskMark 3.0

Read speed, МB/s

83,75

22,38

Write speed, МB/s

66,46

19,12

Read speed of block with 512 KB

77,24

21,78

Write speed of block with 512 KB

11,79

8,2

File copy

Max read speed, MB/s

79,80

21,1

Max write speed, MB/s

60,40

17,9

NAS PT 1.71

Average speed, Мb/s

58,8

17,65


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