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I decided I wanted something for just the fun of it. I was also sweating not knowing if the ASUS Radeon 9250 in SEXTANT was overheating or not, with my mods. So I decided my toy would be a thermometer of sorts. I ordered the EasyWatch after being disappointed by lack of display outputs (AKA scrolling required/only one measurement displayed at a time), or unreasonable Software requirements for a thermometer that can display more then two readings at once.

Packing Peanuts!
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back of box
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Stuff!
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The unit
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My initial thought when the package arrived, is wow this thing is small. I began to wonder if it would be legible at a distance. Seeing as there are almost no pictures of it on the net, here we go. A bunch of pictures to show its guts and stuff.

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O.K. In a floppy drive to CDROM bay adapter, to get a better idea of this things size. Some people were reporting this thing wouldn't fit in there computer, without modifications. Yes it is a tight fit, and the plastic dose flex just barely enough in the wrong direction fore some cases. I can see how this would not slide into a floppy drive bay from the front of the computer with something directly below it.

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I set it up to take some pictures of the PCB, and noticed the small round thing with a "mic" labile on the PCB. Now I'm curious, I skipped over the thing about the sound meter. I was only concerned about the fan RPM, and temperatures readouts. More on the sound meter latter.

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I also noted the three power FETs/transistors lacking any kind to heat sink, A future mod if it last the 24 hour burn in test. Thous powerful components under this particular minuscule load probably doesn't require any kind of heat dissipation beyond there package. However I hate TO-220 like FETs/transistors not being attached to some kind of heat sink. Even if it is just some of the PCB. It keeps them from breaking off the PCB from prolonged vibration and/or constantly flexing the component leads. I should note here, it might be a good idea to electrically isolate the components metal surface from whatever they get strapped/bolted to with them gray silicon heat sink pad things. They come free in most dead Power supplies.


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