Silverstone addresses FT01 issues

Written by Harry Butler

October 28, 2008 // 7:36 a.m.

Tags: #180mm #aluminium #build-quality #fans #fix #fixed #fixes #ft01 #problem #rattling #rubbing #silverstone #uni-body

During our review of Silverstone’s FT01 uni-body aluminium case, we noticed a couple of rather concerning build quality problems, most notable of which was the fact that the included fans rubbed audibly against the case’s removable dust filters.

However, we’re happy to report that our review sample was one of the first off of the production line and Silverstone has since caught the problem, which was caused by incorrectly selected cooling fans.

Silverstone has worked to correct the issue in all retail versions of the FT01, replacing the case’s 180mm fans with revised models in which the fan blades are recessed deeper into the fan casing, eliminating the interference with the dust filters.

Our problems with power supply dust filter, which we also found to rub worryingly against our test setup's PSU fan, has also been remedied, with Silverstone now including rubber pads to distance the PSU from the filter and stop the interference caused by the mounting between them.

Such minor build quality flaws can sometimes sneak through into review or early retail copies and it’s encouraging to see Silverstone so quick to admit and quickly rectify the problem. While the FT01 still isn’t perfect, these improvements should go some way to assuage some of our build quality concerns about the case.

We've included some photos of the difference between the original and revised fan designs below - you can discuss these changes in the forums.

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Click to Enlarge - The original FT01 fan's blades stick out further, and so interfered with the removable dust filters

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Click to Enlarge - The replacement fan blades are fitted deeper into the fan casing, solving the problem

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