SUPPLIED BY: AeroCool
PRODUCT: Project 7 850W
PROD LINK: Project 7 Product Page
PRICE: 164.90€ @ Caseking.de
Price is at time of testing!
A few more box pictures. This time, for the P7-H1 controller.
One advantage to using the controller is of course the multiple RGB outputs. My Asus board only has one header, so it’s a bit limited by comparison.
The back of the box gives us an overview of where the various ports are, what they do, and what the controller supports. You have your USB connection to the motherboard, of course, for the software. Then, there are five fan headers for fan control, allowing up to 18 watts draw. You have two LED outputs allowing 24 watts. And finally, you have some accessories. Let me just unpack and show you.
There you go, folks. There is a manual, and it’s about as good as the power supply manual. It has a big diagram on how to connect this thing on one side, and how to set it up for multiple hubs on the other. Information is definitely lacking in there.
The controller has three hardwired cables. One Molex for power, one four pin fan header that runs to the motherboard for some reason, and of course the USB cable.
So… already we are way behind Thermaltake for functionality when it comes to the PSU fan alone. You’ve got to plug 4-5 cables in to get this working… you need a Molex chain from the PSU for power, at least two of these three cables plugged in, and then you need the RGB cable running back to the power supply so the software can light the fan up in your chosen color.
A Thermaltake DPS RGB unit? Install the USB cable, install the software, done.
Here’s the unit itself. Three of the five fan headers and both RGB outputs are visible. You don’t plug those into your RGB enabled motherboard if you’re using the controller. You use one or the other, but not both. Just thought I would point that out.
You also do not connect the RGB cables between hubs. You can, because those connectors are like a meth addict that will do anything for a fix, but don’t do it.
The other two fan headers and hardwired cables are found here. Let me swivel this around and show you the DIP switches on the back.
You use these switches as shown in the manual to set up more than one controller. You can have up to eight, if you have that many USB headers. I don’t know what the point of having that many controllers would be.
Let’s plug things together and install the software. I will forgo the connection to the mobo fan header because I think it’s likely not needed. Not that I could plug it in if I wanted to.
There you go. All working with my favorite color.
This is the software. I only have the one screen grab, because it’s pretty simple stuff and pretty self explanatory.
There is no additional functionality for the PSU itself beyond RGB control. It will not tell you the fan speed, or how much power is being consumed, or give you the efficiency numbers. This is not a Corsair Link or Thermaltake DPS software competitor… it cannot do most of the things those do.
The Project 7 controller is a fan controller, and nothing more than that. So, I’ll be running without it for load testing. Which reminds me, we need to get that stuff moving. Next page, please.