Intel Performance Tuning Protection Plan

Purchased Intel Performance Tuning Protection Plan for the i7 5930K. Now running at 4.5Ghz with memory at 3K. Running on a Corsair Hydro Series H110i GT ! ...

Guild Wars 2 - Bringing Antialiasing to the game

It's no surprise seeing another game slam onto the market lacking AA (Anti-Aliasing) features and Guild Wars 2 is no exception. MMORPG games tend to get...

Syfy's Defiance game Beta Screenshots

Below are a few screenshots from the upcoming Syfy "Defiance" game coming out on April 2, 2013. Defiance is a first of its kind where the game will be in close...

Steam Box, Steam for Linux

Valve has made one of its first steps toward a "Steam Box." Steam for Linux has been released today for Linux's operating system Ubuntu; complete with a...

Lowering game latency with WTFast tunneling

Taking a dive into WTFast  latency tunneling service -- is like your internet on steroids. Internet latency is a gamers worst nightmare. Any network...

Logitech G13 Advanced Gameboard

The G13 Advanced Gameboard is Logitech’s answer to gamers needs. It’s a fantastic light-weight, portable alternative for gamers who don’t want...

Rosewill Thor V2 Computer Case

Rosewill , the company behind quality hardware and affordable cases, debuted the redesigned Thor-V2 case earlier this year and has since become one of the...

Electronic Arts: Battlefield 3

As one of the most anticipated games released by EA (Electronic Arts), Battlefield 3 sets itself apart from its rivals with a great story-line and game play....

PCmods Power Down Protector

Every now and then, we get an opportunity to review a product that stands above and beyond any other of its class, and we have that chance again. This product is so simple you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t think of it yourself. In fact, we see something very like it being used all the time. Cars should be the first thing to come to mind with this feature: cool-down after shutoff.

Most of us, though, never turn off our computers. (At least among the heavy users and modders who read ipKonfig!) The less obsessive user, on the other hand, will turn off the computer before bedtime, or even more often. The question is, “what happens after the computer has been turned off?” Many just worry about the electricity bill, but others fear the temperature rise in the CPU just after power down. Well, those paranoid people can calm themselves if the PCmods Power Down Protector is on the job.

SpecsAnodized Aluminum Cover5 cables (1 WOL, 2 fan cable, 1 Molex-male, 1 Molex-female, 1 LED cable)Velcro fastenerControls 2 fansApproximately 1.96 inch x 1.25 inch (50mm x 32mm)Powers Heatsink Fan for 1-10 minutes after shutdownSupports most common fan or fans under 12W

This device is rather quite simple. The PCmods Power Down Protector (PCPDP) works off the voltage that is still available after shut down via the WOL (Wake On LAN). No batteries, screwdriver, drills, (or hammers for you wild ones out there) are needed. So it can be installed within a matter of minutes. The PCPDP can control up to two fans, and is set to run for one of four periods after shutdown.

The options are 1, 3, 5, and 10 minutes. Determine which will best suit your needs; for a cool system, 1-5 minutes should do just fine, while hotter-running systems should cool down for 5-10 minutes.

Jumper settings are printed on the side of the unit as a quick reference for those who never RTFM. The jumpers are on the side of the PCPDP, for easy access and setup. If you’ve ever set up your own hard drive (Master-Slave), setting up these jumpers should be child’s play. If confusion sets in, the manual is also quite clear.

So, can I use this on my old motherboard? This is a question that you’ll have to answer for yourself. It all depends on whether the motherboard supports WOL. If it doesn’t have this feature, then this device will not work. RTFM.

I would assume that one could hardwire directly into the main power cable, using the correct wires, to use this device. However, if you choose to do this, neither PCmods nor I will be held responsible. Danger, Will Robinson!

Cooling things…

The most common use of the PCPDP would be for CPUs, plus possibly a case fan. I, on the other hand, had a different problem to solve. As some of you know, I had reviewed the Swiftech Q. Power case a while back on SystemCooling.com. Since then I’ve been using this same case for testing and pleasure.


Comments

comments

 

 
Categories: Computing, Top Rated Products.