Installing the controller is as simple as any other single 5.25â€ť bay device. Simply take off the front plate (if your case has them) for a single slot and slide the controller in. Align it flush with the front of the case. Next if your case comes with tool less bays secure the Adjust 108 with the locking system or if your case does not, secure it with the included screws.
Now all you have to do is attach your fans to the fan wires and the power to an open connector from your PSU. I would strongly suggest that you power the unit directly from the PSU and not from anywhere else. This unit is 36 watts per channel and can potentially (depending on the amount of fans you connect) draw a significant amount of power. Better to ensure that it has all the power it needs immediately available from a plentiful source unshared source. We connected the Adjust 108 using the SATA power connector simply because we had one available. Also itâ€™s much easier than fighting with molex pins to get them to line up correctly.
With the unit installed in a drive bay and all fans and power connected, there is nothing left to do but to power on your rig and start enjoying your new found control!
Switching the unit on you will first notice the LED lighting. The lights will be lit on only the channels used. We have six 140mm Akasa Vipers attached so it appears the LEDs are functioning correctly.
When the unit is first started all channels output at full speed for 1-2 seconds. Then the unit adjusts power output to the position of the slider. Down for slower, up for faster. The color of the LEDs correspond to the speed of the fans. White for 1-50% blue for 50-100%. The position of the sliders corresponding to this is acceptably accurate.
We ran the unit in a test rig with 6 120mm fans connected for 2 weeks of normal use as a media center PC without a hitch. We were able to maintain good cooling at low sound levels thanks to the Adjust 108. Then we gave it 2 hours with the Akasaâ€™s maxed out and the unit barely got warm and found not a single hiccup in operation.