The following system was used to test the fans:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: GOODRAM IRDM PRO 16GB DDR4 @ 3600MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial P2 500GB
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2
The testing of all fans is done with the i9 9900K CPU overclocked to 5GHz at maximum load with Intel Burn Test V2. All system fans and the tested fans are turned to their maximum speeds while the PC case has both side panels closed.
The 120mm fans has been tested using a 240mm CPU liquid cooler, the CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240 at max. RPM.
The 140mm fans has been tested using a 280mm CPU liquid cooler, the NZXT Kraken X61 at max. RPM.
120mm Fan Performance
The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 5 db.
The Silverstone Air Penetrator 120i PRO is a unique fan that offers a good performance as an intake case fan, but which can also be used on a radiator or heatsink. The fan is available for approximately 22 USD or EUR.
The performance of the Air Penetrator 120i PRO is good, the design of the back of the fan frame will shape the airflow into a channel. This means that with this fan, you can direct the airflow towards certain areas of your system, such as the sides of a graphics card.
The Silverstone Air Penetrator 120i PRO is recommended to be used as a case intake, thanks to the above-mentioned air channeling technology. However, the fan can also be used on a radiator or a heatsink with good results.
The noise output peaks at 40 decibels with the fan spinning at its maximum rated speed of 2000RPM. While the Air Penetrator 120i PRO will generate some noise due to its high speed, the bearing system is silent and has no unwanted noises at all RPM ranges.
The build quality is good, the fan frame is solid and has no manufacturing marks present on its surface. The impellers and the fan hub are also made out of high-quality plastic, with little flexing in their structure.
In conclusion, the Silverstone Air Penetrator 120i PRO is a good fan that is designed from the start, to work best as a case intake. The airflow channel design found on the Air Penetrator fans is a great feature, especially when certain areas of the system require more airflow than others, such as the VRM area of the motherboard.
The inconvenient with the Silverstone Air Penetrator 120i PRO is the price, at 22 USD or EUR, this fan is not cheap, and the competition is found either at the same price or cheaper.