A few months ago I had the chance to test and review SilverStone FQ121, which is one of the best looking and one of the best performing fans included in the company portfolio. A fan which is actually the first product part of the FQ series. For this test and review I received the second model called FQ122 and its modified version FW122.
Both of the fans look amazing and I believe it is about time to start reviewing the products and later test their cooling capabilities.
Both of the fans arrived to me for doing a test and review in the pretty typical for the series package, made of a transparent plastic package with two parts connected to each other. On the front side of the packages there are some technical details regarding the product, explaining the benefits of owning the fans, a QR code leading to the official web page for further information and a full view of the fan structure, showing some serious looking design and very good looking colour schemes…
|FQ122 Package||FW122 Package|
And of course all of the technical details regarding the products are explained on the back side of the packages written in several languages. Apart from that, both of the fans offer the same frame and propeller structure with only one difference and this is the colour scheme.
So let’s continue with checking out the fans’ structure…
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 STRUCTURE
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 offers absolutely identical, very futuristic-looking structure made of a very solid plastic frame and propeller.
|FQ122 Front view||FW122 Front view|
Both of the fans offer a 120 x 25 mm square type frame with very thin border forming a cylinder around the propeller and designed to make the models look very aggressive and attractive. The fans are made to be installed on every case fan slot or on a CPU cooler compatible with a 120mm fans.
Apart from that on each corner of the frames there are two spots needed for sticking anti-vibration rubber pads for additional noise damping
And here comes the only difference regarding the frames. SilverStone FQ122 features a white frame, while FW122 offers a frame entirely in light blue.
|FQ122 Back view||FW122 Back view|
Both of the fans are equipped with a very solid looking propeller featuring 11 narrow, but with very sharply angled blades entirely made to provide the best possible airflow level and static level pressure. Apart from that, both of the propellers are designed according to the air-inlet technology for optimizing the aerodynamic and reducing the noisy air turbulence.
As you can see from the pictures above FQ122’s propeller is entirely in light blue, while the FW122 model features entirely in white propeller.
And here comes the main difference between both of the models and that is actually the bearing used so the fans can operate:
SilverStone FQ122 is actually the more advanced model equipped with a 4-pin PWM powered and regulated P.C.F. bearing (Powder Copper Fluid Bearing), which according to the official technical details works in 5-12 voltage range and rotates the propeller at 800 ~ 1500 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 37.8 ~ 63.8CFM, static pressure level range of 0.41~1.5mm H2O at noise level range of 14.5 ~ 24.9 dBA. With this bearing the fan should provide life span of up to 150,000 hours constant work, which is really impressive.
The connection between the frame and the propeller for SilverStone FW122 is made by a 4-pin PWM powered and regulated long life sleeve bearing which according to the official technical details is made to work again in 5-12 voltage range and rotates the propeller at 1000 ~ 1800 revolutions per minute range, providing airflow level of 42.6 ~ 76.5CFM, static pressure level range of 0.31 ~ 1.52mm H2O at noise level range of 18.4 ~ 28.1 dBA. This motor is supposed to deliver up to 40,000 hours life span of the fan.
Both of the fans are powered and regulated by not very long 4-pin PWM cable and connector, which for FQ122 is entirely sleeved in black mesh, while the FW122 is not offering this visual addition.
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 Additional accessories
After checking the fans’ structure I believe it is time to check the additional accessories added in the packages and accompanying the fans.
|FQ122 Accessories||FW122 Accessories|
Both of the fans arrived with almost identical accessories pack featuring:
- A set of four rubber pins to attach the fans to a case fan slot
- A set of four metal screws to attach the fans to a case fan slot
- A set of 8 rubber pads for reducing the fan vibrations if there are any
- 1 x 4 pin fan power adaptor to power the fans directly from the power supply if they are installed as a case fan and the motherboard has no additional fan headers.
- Silent Mode adapter for reducing the voltage from 12 to 7V. This adapter is included only in the FQ122 package.
So far so good. I saw some really interesting features and I believe it is time to do some testing.
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 Tests
The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will install the fans and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the products in real conditions. They will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the models are mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and their speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.
And this is what the fans look like installed on my test stand:
The test results are shown in the following charts:
Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V
Propellers rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.
The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:
After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 30 minutes at maximum speed, it was time to do the tests.
As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and both of the fans made at least one stable revolution at about 6.5V. To do my tests I had to decrease the operation voltage back to 5V and check their performance.
Test at 5V:
At the first test, which was conducted at exactly 5V, SilverStone FQ122 was rotating at 600 revolutions per minute and was providing airflow level of 46.08 cubic metres per hour, while SilverStone FW122 was providing airflow level of 52.32 cubic metres per hour while rotating at 765 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans were absolutely quiet.
Test at 7V:
At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, SilverStone FQ122 was rotating at 1020 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 79.2 cubic metres per hour, while SilverStone FW122 was providing 85.92 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1170 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans were absolutely quiet again.
Test at 9V:
The third test conducted at 9V, showed that SilverStone FQ122 was providing airflow level of 97.44 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1245 revolutions per minute. At the third test SilverStone FW122 was providing 106.56 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1455 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans started generating a tiny noise coming out of the air passing through the propellers.
Test at 12V:
At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans reached their maximum performance, which for SilverStone FQ122 was airflow level of 124.8 cubic metres per hour at 1530 revolutions per minute, while for SilverStone FW122 it was 132.48 cubic metres per hour, while rotating again at 1770 revolutions per minute. Both fans increased the noise and became a bit noisy.
Seems I am done testing and reviewing so I believe it is about time to share my conclusions:
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 Conclusions
1. SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 Performance:
After I spent some time having fun with checking and reviewing the fans and later doing the tests, I should say that I am pretty impressed with the overall cooling performance, the noise level, which both of the fans were generating and most of all of the appearance of both FQ122 and FW122 models.
SilverStone FQ122 as part of the FQ series is a model entirely made to provide the best possible airflow/ static level pressure balance, of course while working at low noise level. Actually FQ122 is meant to be used for cooling CPU heatsinks or water cooling radiators with guaranteed long life span of up to 150 000 hours. With these technical details it will definitely provide long and reliable operation and will help keep every modern processor working at default or a bit overclocked frequencies cool and quiet.
On the other hand, the FW122 model is actually the cheapest version made to provide even higher cooling capabilities unfortunately with shorter life span with its 40 000 hours life of operation. The fan itself is a good choice as a main cooling unit for CPU heatsinks and water cooling radiators, used to keep every modern processor working at default or overclocked frequencies.
Unfortunately, for extreme overclocking both of the fans are not able to provide the needed airflow level and especially high static level pressure. For this the FQ121 will be more suitable and reliable.
Apart from good CPU cooling, both of the fans are very suitable models, with the included PWM powering and regulation method, to be used as case fans installed on a 120mm case fan slot for boosting the overall airflow inside the case and to keep all other hardware parts cool, stable and most of all – quiet.
2. SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 Appearance:
SilverStone as one of the oldest companies on the market always try to provide very interesting and most of all very innovative products, which feature a clean, stylish or very aggressive design combined with attractive colour scheme. And here we can see that they are following the trend. The two models offer a design featuring frames with a lot of sharp edges and very aggressive propellers structure, which will definitely provide the feeling of very powerful and reliable products.
To be honest, I don’t really think that blue/white colour scheme is actually compatible with the modern black cases but overall the models look really fresh and attractive and will definitely fit very well inside a white case or modding project in the same colour scheme.
I think that SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 deserves the following reward:
SilverStone FQ122 and FW122 have been added to the 120mm fans catalogue.
Official price (MSRP): SilverStone FQ122 – 9.9 euro
Official price (MSRP): SilverStone FW122 – 9.2 euro
Warranty: 36 months
Special thanks to SilverStone for providing us with a test sample.