BitFenix Recon Fan Controller Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

 BitFenix Recon Review  



It's November 23rd 2013, approximately one year on from "Recon day".  The day when BitFenix Recon fan controllers across the globe became self aware, Networked together and harnessing the collective processing power of their twin CPUs they became one of the most powerful supercomputers the planet had ever seen.  Being browser based they were able to interact with any web connected device on the planet.  PCs, Laptops, Smart phones and tablets.  Heck, even web connected fridge freezers fell beneath their power.  We, the last few, a group known as "The Reviewers", possibly the last hope for civilisation (which is a bit of a worry) are held up at OC3D towers.  From here we transmit our message on Longwave, 24 hours a day, seven days a week "Only use analogue, non programmable, non touch screen, non web connected fan controllers".  We just hope it's not too late....

A bit extreme I guess but if BitFenix turn out to be a subsidiary of Cyberdyne systems then we might start to get a bit worried.  In the meantime lets just reflect on the fact that what we have here is a 5 channel fan controller that can be used in the traditional sense as a touch screen unit with both manual and auto modes, but also has higher level functions which are accessed via a web based interface.  And because this is a browser based interface, it means not only can you set custom profiles from your desk top, but any desk top you happen to be sat at, or laptop, or tablet, or smart phone, or web connected Fridge.  OK, so not the last one, but you get the idea.  With all this in mind you'd be forgiven that this twin processor fan controller (yes it has two processors) would cost an absolute arm and a leg, but it doesn't, not even a small part of a severed metal endo skeleton.  At just £30 BitFenix have plonked the Recon straight into the most competitive area of the market.


Technical Specification



SofTouch™, ABS Plastic, Steel

Dimensions (WxHxD)

147 x 43 x 67mm

Form Factor

5.25" Drive Bay

Fan Channels

x 5

Temperature Channels

x 5

Max Watts / Channel


Measurement Frequency

Every 0.1 – 0.4 Seconds

Temperature Alarm Range


Temperature Range


Screen Size


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Most Recent Comments

12-11-2012, 05:15:20


Here we take a look at the Recon, a 5 channel fan controller from BitFenix. But what would happen if all these Web connected Recons become self aware? Granted probably not world domination. Maybe just a lot of very cool PCs.

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12-11-2012, 05:39:11

The feature-price ratio looks spot on. I think this will do well for Bitfenix.Quote

12-11-2012, 05:40:06

Might replace my NZXT Sentry mix for one of these Quote

12-11-2012, 06:37:44

I have often looked a fan controllers and thought that the cheap ones were too simple and the ones with the features I would like are far too expensive. This is the first one I have seen that fits the best of both. £30 quid is worth a punt, even if it's not quite what you want or need.Quote

12-11-2012, 12:49:37

nice review as always
it looks really good and for that price its a real billy bargainQuote

12-11-2012, 12:56:05

Well done tom Quote

12-11-2012, 14:51:41

I was so excited about the launch of this. And then I saw 10W per channel. I cried.Quote

13-11-2012, 16:44:46

@rossi94, Wasn't Tom, was me, but thanks for the compliment none the less

@master&Puppet. Nowt wrong with 10W per channel. What was it you were hoping to do but now can't?Quote

13-11-2012, 16:51:27

Sorry, messed that up but nice review, thank you G-Dubs.Quote

13-11-2012, 19:03:04

Nice review Gary. I really like the web based options.Quote

14-11-2012, 07:13:10

Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
@master&Puppet. Nowt wrong with 10W per channel. What was it you were hoping to do but now can't?
Nothing wrong with it per se - but I was looking to run my pumps off a fan controller so 10w wasn't going to do it for me.

It was back in April when I was looking at this and the rumours for the Recon were 25-30W per channel if remember rightly so I was disappointed when it launched with 10W. I ended up going for a Lamptron Touch.Quote

12-12-2012, 03:11:12

I've always been a fan of BFs watercooling line, so a fan controller @ a descent price with descent features works for me. I've gone through 4 controllers in 3 years & now have an AEROCOOL X-VISION, which has good features but the temp sensors are horrible. I guess the RECON is my next target.Quote

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