Originally Posted by Aenra
I want to reply in caps and keep the deaf theme going, lol, but i'll refrain ^^
Now as to your remarks.. seriously?
Why would you buy the equivalent of a Fatboy and downclock it to a Piaggio? Why would you, today of all times, even consider a 180fan radiator? And why, assuming you did anyhow, would you even consider this kind of fan to run on a radiator?
You use this to complement an air cooler and/or increase intake airflow and/or ensure even less of a temp delta between ambient and case temps. That's it.
Hmmm. The first question, I'd say because it's loud? Certain circumstances could facilitate the need for a higher fan speed (benchmark runs, troubleshooting, etc.). Then again, I'm not too sure by what you mean by fatboy and piaggio. I'm thinking loud (harley), and quiet (moped). Maybe you mean big and small. Regardless, these large fans are awesome on 1080/1260mm radiators. You can run 4 of these instead of 9 120-140mm fans, so cable management, maintenance, noise, and deadzone is better, though I'm not too sure on the deadzone part. They also perform really well on these large radiators, especially when noise is the priority on something that large. You can get large fans like these, run them really low and still get excellent temperatures.
The 180mm fans can only be used in a select number of cases, all of which are silverstone cases, unless there are a couple that support them that I don't know about. Silverstone's 180mm fans on their fortress and raven cases perform just fine, and swapping in the AP183 won't change that. Phanteks and Thermaltake cases won't fit this fan because of the nearly proprietary mounting holes. Kinda like how the old NZXT phantom 200mm fan could only fit in NZXT cases because of the mounting holes.
As to noise, yeah, it's noisy. So's the fatboy. Which is why you bought it, isn't it; in part anyway.
A selling point of large fans is being able to have a lot of airflow while being able to spin them low. Spinning them up faster to interrupting noise levels contradicts that. But hey, that's just me. Still, the AP182 is a monster regardless of what I think. That's an awesome fan.
On principle, i agree about the dampening, but it's so easy and cheap to implement it yourself that frankly? I'm not even sure i'd care for it, would only drive the cost up and for a solution that may or may not be superior to what you could accomplish on your own.
Well, there isn't much to some silicone stuck on some corners. Just slap it on there and charge an extra dollar. I'd be down with that. Large fans like to vibrate. Having some dampening will help with that a lot.
Also, you don't just get lower power; you get a significantly increased lifetime compared to the older models (still lower than other 180 fans, but then again, they spin at 800 at best) and most of all, higher CFM and pressure. Without that accursed potentiometer, which i do admittedly despise, lol.. just nice, plain ole PWM here.
The higher cfm and pressure is due to the increased rotational speed. Increased lifetime can be attributed by the dbb. AP181s had sleeves. The AP181s didn't sound too bad, but with DBB, they're going to get the low frequency growl which I can't stand.
Can't lie on the fan controller, that thing is a PITA. That's why PWM sounds so good on these fans. We can use PWM controllers now haha. But like I said, hopefully the curve scales linearly without the use of some type of stepdown resistor.