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!
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.