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Silverstone FM82

Date: June 30, 2005
Author(s): Rob Williams

If you are looking for better cooling, but don’t want more fans to add to the noise, the Silverstones FM82 may be for you. It promises to be the most silent 80mm fan out there. Let’s take it for a test drive.



Introduction

Just by looking at the pictures, it’s easily seen that SilverStone takes pride in the quality of their products. The FM82 simply put.. looks fantastic. It’s not flashy like other fans on the market, but that’s not what they are trying to accomplish. They promise quiet cooling along with solid design and quality.

About Silverstone

Founded in the summer of 2003, SilverStone Technology is now a proven leader in the field of aluminum enclosure design and manufacturing. Our expertise in creating functional works of art from ordinary electronics and computer components is widely recognized. Numerous designs and ideas for improving computer enclosures were first created by our talented team of engineers, who are regarded by many as leaders in their respective fields. Today, SilverStone Technology continues to garner attention and awards that reflect our original vision of creating the most advanced and beautiful products available on the market.

So what exactly makes the FM82 so special? The kit comes with a metal plate fan controller, which can simply sit in one of your 3.5″ drive bays. Connecting this to the fan, will allow you to control the fan speed; anywhere from 1800 to 3800 RPM. Let’s first take a look at the products packaging, and the actual contents.

I am not usually impressed by something as simple as a fan, but Silverstone has indeed impressed me. Overall, the kit comes complete with everything you need, and possibly some things you don’t. As you can see, it comes with all the screws you need, three different types. Also included is a metal fan guard, which you can choose to use only if you want to. It could prevent you cursing at the fan later when it tried to swallow your fingers.

As mentioned, included is a metal fan controller. Although it looks to be on the flimsy side, that’s ok because it’s not doing much. It easily slips into your 3.5″ drive bay, and that’s it. However, if you have a door for your drive bays, you may have a problem closing it once you install the controller. If it doesn’t have a door, and it happens to be a silver case, it will look perfect.



Conclusion

Why is a fan such as this useful? Well of course it acts as a normal fan, spitting out 1800RPM, which is standard, and keeps things pretty cool. Using the fan controller, you can increase it to 3800RPM, at which point you will definitely hear it. At 1800, it’s barely audible. At 3800 however, it becomes sharper and you can hear it quite well. If your PC is the only thing going on in your room, you will definitely notice it; If you have other background noise you may not.

What you choose to do with the fan is likely completely different than what I do with mine. If you are not familiar with my recent ‘Ghetto Mods’, you are soon to be introduced. In our BFG 6800 GT review, I mentioned about how how hot the thing gets.. up to 90ºC at load. Well, my use was to mount the fan beneath the card facing towards the cooler as you can see in the picture below.

Well, as I expected, it did keep the card around 2ºC cooler than the previous fan that was ghetto modded there. When I began to turn the speed higher and higher though, it actually caused the card to rise in temperature. This is likely because the fan was pushing the hot air back at the card before it had a chance to escape. Depending on where you plan to use it in your case, you will have different results.

Overall, I love the fan. Just holding it, you can tell that the quality is there. Even though it isn’t fancy like some others on the market, it definitely has it’s own style. The cream color works, and on top of the quality, it’s definitely worth a buy. One thing to note, is that if you do not use the fan controller, the fan will automatically go the maximum speed. This makes the controller a necessity, unless you actually want it going full speed constantly.

I’d like to give a big thanks to SilverStone for sending us the fan for review. We will be taking a look at another SilverStone cooling product in the very near future as well.

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