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Silverstone Air Penetrator SST AP181 Fan review

Rating: 9.0.

At KitGuru we believe that good cooling is a primary concern when maintaining stability with a system build, especially if you are overclocking. While we haven't looked at many fans since we opened a few months ago, today we are going to be reviewing an exciting new product from Silverstone called the Air Penetrator.

This Air Penetrator fan has been designed as an intake fan and their goal was to focus airflow into a column that can be ‘channeled through various obstacles inside the modern computer case for more efficient cooling performance'. The concept and design ethics are in place to ensure that the unique blade and grille designs can create enough pressure to push air as far as 1 meter away with minimal speed (and therefore noise). Silverstone are pushing this range of fans as a perfect intake partner and also for high density heatsinks and radiators.

Special Feature
  • Industry leading air channeling fan
  • Wide fan blades for reducing air resistance
  • Integrated air channeling grille double as fan guard to reduce overall size
  • Low power consumption
The model we are looking at today is the SST AP181 which is an 180mm fan, and the big brother of the AP121, which is a 120mm model. These fans have a unique fan blade design with an air channeling grille permanently attached to the front of the unit.
The AP181 can be used as an upgrade option inside a Raven 02 for instance, or the Fortress FT01, FT02 as they all use the same size fan and the speed switch system will integrate without an issue into these cases. The Ap181 can work at either 1,200 rpm or 700rpm with the in line switch.
Model No. SST-AP181
Color Black
Bearing Sleeve
Rated Voltage 12V DC
Start Voltage 10.8V DC (low RPM mode)
Rated Current 0.45 AMP
Rated Power 5.4W
Speed 700 rpm / 1200 rpm
Effective Airflow Range 1.2; 3 meter
Airflow 80-130cfm
Static Pressure Max 1.1-2.45mm H20
Noise Level 18/34 dBa
Dimension 180mm (L) x 180mm (W) x 32 mm (H)

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