Scythe Kama Meter review

Scythe is perhaps best known for its CPU coolers but the firm also has a bunch of other products including power supplies, keyboards, HDD enclosures, fans, and fan controllers.

In this review I'm taking a look at the Scythe Kama Meter, which is a 5.25" multi-functional controller. The device allows you to control the speed of four fans but it also has 4 temperature sensors and even a volume control button.

All this comes in a nice enclosure with a big LCD display with seven different backlight colours. Lets take a look how well this unit will score.

This is the package in which the Kama Meter ships. Everything on the box is in two languages: English and I believe the other language is Japanese. Inside the box you can find the fan controller, it's housed in foam padding which has a couple of different sections for the fan controller, the cables, and the face plates.

Lets take a look at the specifications and features of this device.

  • Dimension: 149 x 42 x 75mm (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 320g
  • Temperature module channels: 4
  • Temperature range: 0° - 90°
  • Fan channels: 4
  • Maximum current per fan channel: 1 Ampere (max 12W consumption)
  • Backlight colors: 7 + cycling
  • Front panel colors: 3
  • Features:
    4 Fan Controller, 4 Temperature Monitor, and Sound Controller
    Kama Meter is able to control and monitor up to 4 fans independently, 4 temperatures to meet user’s system requirement. The sound controller & display is also build-in to connect and play with your sound system.

    Passive Safety - Safe Alarm Feature
    To safely monitor and run your system, Kama Meter comes with an alarm feature to inform the user in case of fan malfunction. If the temperature goes below 0°C(32F) or above 90°C(194F), the LCD panel will blink in red and trigger the alarm. If the controlled fan speed (rpm) becomes below 400rpm, the LCD panel will blink in yellow and trigger the alarm.

    Intelligent Self-Test & Storage
    Kama Meter keeps the settings saved by the user in its memory, and also provides the self-testing every time you start the PC.

    Selection of 3 Front Panel Colors
    Selection of black, silver, and white front panel to match with your case color!
    Inside the box of the Kama Meter you can find the following items:

    A short manual which explains you how to install the Kama Meter and a black and silver front plate. All the front plates are made out of metal, Scythe didn't use plastic for these which is definitely a good thing.

    From left to right: four screws, four pieces of adhesive tape to attach the thermal sensors to something in your case, four temperature sensors, four fan cables and the power cable.

    One of the more special things included with the Kama Meter is this PCI bracket and an external audio cable. The PCI bracket needs to be installed in your case if you want to use the volume control knob.

    And last but not least, the fan controller. This 5.25" device ships with three different front plates to match the colour of your case. The product ships with the white front plate preinstalled, but you can easily switch it to black or silver.

    To remove the front plate you need to pull off all the knobs and use your screw driver to remove the screws on the left and right side.

    I decided to install the black front plate as that's the colour of my NZXT Zero case. In the top left corner you can find a knob to switch between the four different fans and the knob on the top right is used to switch to one of the four temperature readings. The bottom left knob is used to adjust the fan speed and the other knob on the right is used to control the sound volume.

    The fan speed button also has a couple of other features. You can push it to switch between the different backlight colours and by pushing it for more than five seconds you can switch to Fahrenheit/Celsius.

    This is how the back of the Kama Meter looks like. The product is pretty well built, it feels quite heavy and doesn't have a flimsy feel.

    The installation of the Scythe Kama Meter is fairly simple and pretty similar to the installation of another 5.25" device like a DVD writer.

    It's best to turn off your PC first.
  • Connect the power cable to the power header on the fan controller and to one of your power supply's Molex connectors
  • Connect the temperature sensors and fan cables to the headers on the fan controller. Fortunately these are all labeled.
  • If you want to use the sound volume you also need to install the bracket in your case and connect the cable to the volume control header on the controller's PCB. You also need to plug the cable from your speakers into the the "Audio OUT" connector and the external audio cable needs to be plugged into the "Audio IN" connector and into your sound card.
  • The installation of the fan controller is now finished.

    Added: June 11th 2007
    Product reviewed: Scythe Kama Meter
    Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck
    Score: 8/10
    Page: 1/2

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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    Comment #1 posted by Thomas on 2007-09-10 20:02:09
    I just tested it and it works fine. I connected the Noctua fan to the Kama Meter and according to the display the fan spins at about 1150RPM at max and 775RPM when I turn the knob all the way to the left.

    It's not really visible as it appears if the fan blades are still spinning as fast as before but when you put your ear close to the fan you can definitely hear the noise decreasing/increasing when you control the fan with the Kama Meter.

    The difference isn't as big as with other fans - I guess that's because the Noctua fans are designed to be quiet and don't really spin that fast at 12V.

    Comment #2 posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-10 18:15:59
    hi, i have one kama meter and is not possible control my noctua 1200 fan.