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Cooler Master Musketeer 2
By Vijay Anand
Category : Casings And Coolers
Published by Vijay Anand on Thursday, 18th March, 2004
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


More On The Musketeer 2

From the specifications on the previous page, you would have realized that some features of the original Musketeer did not make it to the new revision. We are sure Cooler Master too would have wished that the small 5.25" bay could squeeze the new features without losing some of the older model's functionality, but there's just only that much you could integrate into one 5.25" faceplate. Hence, the new Musketeer 2 had to forego fan voltage control and temperature monitoring aspects.

In their place, new analog display meters have been integrated as hinted on the previous page. The single sound (VU) meter that used to display sound pressure level on the first Musketeer has now been generously assigned two display meters on both flanks of the Musketeer 2. These are the Left/Right sound meters and each of them had their own sliders for discrete volume control on each sound channel.

This is the Left channel VU meter and its associated slider at the side for controlling volume.


The Right channel VU meter is exactly identical to the above.

To get the VU meters into action, you would have to tap your sound card's audio signal output to the VU-IN port of the given PCI bracket. This bracket interfaces with the Musketeer 2 unit via the supplied cable and both the left/right channel VU meters dance in tune with the incoming audio signal. The bypass (VU-OUT) on the Musketeer 2 unit and the PCI bracket allows you to hook up your speakers.

The bracket with VU-IN and VU-OUT ports which interfaces with the Musketeer 2, your sound card and speakers.


Here's the rear of the Cooler Master Musketeer 2 with all the various connectors to get this gadget into full swing.

The center analog display indicates hard drive processing and it works off the hard drive LED signal. Hence, you should use the supplied cable to interface the motherboard's HDD-LED connector to the Musketeer 2's HDD-LED_IN, while the bypass port (HDD-LED_OUT) is reserved for your casing's hard drive LED connector. So any activity in the hard drives would trigger the hard drive processing meter into full deflection. In short, it is a much larger, visually enticing indicator of your hard drive activity than your casing LED that had been doing the job previously.

This is the hard drive processing meter. Odd that there are partial markings, but they are just fancy markings because the indicator, like the HDD LED signal, has only two real values – 0% or 100%. You might find the indicator however in between only if there are extremely small fast concurrent disk accesses. Still, the markings have no real meaning.

Lastly, the Musketeer 2 offers seven LED colors to glorify the display meters. These can be controlled via a button on a separate 3.5" faceplate or another PCI bracket as shown below:

To have the LED color control button either on the faceplate or behind on the PCI-bracket is your choice, though we really don't know who would leave such a control button at the back of the PC!

When the system is first powered, it cycles through all the various LED colors in quick succession. After which, the default display color is red. Here are the various color choices:-

Red


Green


Blue


Yellow


Cyan


Magenta


White

A final option allows all colors to flash endlessly one after another, sort of like those disco lights but only a lot quicker.

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