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This $30 Case Fan Purifies Your PC with UV Lighting and High-Tech Filters

Apexgaming AC-120Ti
Apexgaming AC-120Ti (Image credit: Apexgaming)

If you're a fan (*cough*) of cool hardware, the Apexgaming AC-120Ti should be right up your alley. The AC-120Ti isn't your ordinary case fan as it actually features what the brand calls a "nano photocatalyst air purification" system that purifies the air that goes into your computer case.

Apexgaming's description of the AC-120Ti is a bit overwhelming for those of us that didn't pay more attention in our chemistry classes. The AC120Ti comes with a front filter, which basically acts as a dust filter, to help block large dust and other external materials from entering the fan. According to Apexgaming, the filter mesh comes with a coat of titanium dioxide (TiO2), whose purpose is to serve as a photo-oxidation catalyst. The filter can be easily cleaned by just washing it with water.

But the purification doesn't stop there. The fan includes an ultraviolet lamp that's the key component in the entire purification process. It essentially shoots ultraviolet rays at the catalyst to form hydroxyl radicals that absorb stuff like bacteria, odorous cells, and pollutants to decompose them into carbon dioxide and water molecules. The final product, at least according to the company, is air that's free of unpleasant smells, formaldehyde, germs, viruses, and allergens.

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Apexgaming AC-120Ti

Apexgaming AC-120Ti (Image credit: Apexgaming)
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Apexgaming AC-120Ti

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Apexgaming AC-120Ti

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Apexgaming AC-120Ti

Apexgaming AC-120Ti (Image credit: Apexgaming)

Apexgaming has all the certifications that prove that its UV LED is safe for human eyes and skin. The company is also touting an impressive baterial elimination rate up to 95.56%. For optimal operation, Apexgaming recommends installing the AC-120Ti in the front of your case as an intake fan.

The fan checks in with dimensions of 120x120x25mm and draws power from a standard 4-pin connector. Its sleeve bearing can spin at up to 1,000 RPM.  The fan boasts an airflow and air pressure up to 34 CFM and 0.9 mmH2O, respectively. The maximum noise level is around 16 dBA. Apexgaming rates the AC-120Ti with a lifespan of 40,000 hours at 25 degress Celsius.

Apexgaming sells the AC-120Ti for $29.99 via the company's online store. We doubt the AC120Ti is going to help you get more FPS out of your games, but if you want to turn your PC into an air purifier, the AC120Ti is the fan for the job. At the very least, it might keep your PC from catching a virus.

But please: No one get any ideas about building an SFF with one of these fans and strapping it to your face. If you want to mix your love of gaming with the ability to feel a bit safer around others, maybe hold out to see if Razer ever brings a version of Project Hazel mask to market. 

  • Nemesia
    That's to prevent your PC from getting Covid.
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  • Phaaze88
    :mdr:
    A PC normally doesn't move, so what's the point of this? If anything, it'll be more productive to have these strapped to the user...
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  • Nemesia
    Phaaze88 said:
    :mdr:
    A PC normally doesn't move, so what's the point of this? If anything, it'll be more productive to have these strapped to the user...

    🤣
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  • hotaru251
    4yr lifespan on fans.

    but yeah...unless ur some how spreading bacteria into your pc (why and how would one do this w/o trying?) kind of pointless imho...
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  • Endymio
    hotaru251 said:
    A PC normally doesn't move, so what's the point of this?
    Because what goes in, must come out eventually.

    Yeah, it's a bit of a gimmick, but not entirely useless.
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  • saunupe1911
    This makes more sense as a rear exhaust to purify the room
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  • Chung Leong
    hotaru251 said:
    4yr lifespan on fans.

    The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long...
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  • Phaaze88
    We're literally mobile colonies of bacteria and viruses, and PCs aren't unless we bring the colony to them... and even then, many couldn't survive in a PC anyways.

    That product is 95% gimmick.
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  • digitalgriffin
    These solutions are effective. But the problem with them is to kill bacteria, they often have to ionize the air somewhat. This leads to things like ozone and deterioration of hydrocarbon chains. Rubbers and plastics start to break down.

    Now used on a large scale, ionization of air using UV and charge plates is actually quite effective because by the time it gets back to an affected surface, the oxidizes air particles are neutralized. They use them on large scale air handlers.
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  • Endymio
    saunupe1911 said:
    This makes more sense as a rear exhaust to purify the room
    Do you believe it makes any difference whether its on the front or the rear? It's the same airstream.

    digitalgriffin said:
    These solutions are effective. But the problem with them is to kill bacteria, they often have to ionize the air somewhat. This leads to things like ozone and deterioration of hydrocarbon chains. Rubbers and plastics start to break down.
    It's not bulk ionizing air. The Ti02 is acting as a photocatalyst. Google the Honda-Fujishima effect for details.
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