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The Strike-X Panel comes in a very nice looking red/black color scheme befitting of the panel itself. As you may see from the front of the box, a black bezel is included for those who do not wish to have the red bezel. I generally take "touches" like these as a huge compliment to the product, and, even more-so, the company who puts the product out. It's the attention to detail and enabling flexibility for the end user in one box that Aerocool has proven time and again to do very well, and the Strike-X Panel is no exception.
The back of the box shows the features of the fan controller itself, including the layout of the touch interface. The sides of the box also contain other relevant specifications and features.
Inside the box we have the Strike-X Panel, an extra black bezel, a very thorough and clear user manual, an audio cable with microphone input, two USB cables, and extra fan cables and temperature probes. Again, the extra cables and probes are a nice touch, and really round out the thought put into the customer's end experience. They don't penalize you if you slip and bend up a thermal probe, they supply you with the replacement right from the initial purchase. Many companies no longer follow such principles, and it's refreshing that Aerocool is enabling the customer options right out of the box.
When taking the Stike-X Panel out of the box, I was surprised by the weight and heft that it had. The panel and electrical components are very sturdy and robust, and the plastics also have a great fit and finish. It is not cheap and flimsy, even though the front bezel is made to be removed.
Out of the box the Strike-X Panel has six 3-pin fan connectors, and a bundle of temperature probes hooked up. It's a small detail, but relevant nonetheless, that Aerocool has minimized end-user installation by having the cables pre-connected. The metal supports which are used for mounting are very sturdy, and hold the controllers in place very well.
Here is a view of the back of the unit, and you can see the six labeled fan cables, as well as the ribbon with the array of temperature sensors on it.
This is another look at the rear circuit panel, and gives you a bit better of an idea of the depth of the controller. One nice thing about this controller is that it leaves the bays it occupies mostly empty, so it won't infringe with cable management or other items you may want to use your empty bays for.