Noctua is one of the leading manufacturers of extremely powerful cpu-coolers and ultra silent fans. Today we will take a look at their newest fan called NF-F12 PWM and see how well it performs in our tests.
Check their webpages at www.noctua.at for information about the company.
Size 120x120x25 mm
Connector 4-pin PWM
Blade Geometry Heptaperf™
Frame Technology Focused Flow™
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1500 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow 93,4 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 74,3 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 22,4 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 18,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure 2,61 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,83 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,6 W
Max. Input Current 0,05 A
Voltage 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
30cm Extension Cable
4 Fan Screws
Warranty 6 years
Noctua NF-F12 comes in a small (about the size of a fan) cardboard box. You can see a sneakpeak of the fan from the small window in the front side of the box. On the backside you’ll find technical information about the fan.
I was quite suprised with the amount of accessories provided with the fan. Along with the manual we see a 4-pin fan extension cord, 1-to-2 splitter and RPM-reducer. The 1-to-2 adapter comes especially handy when youre about to use the fans in push-pull configuration to cool down your CPU-heatsink as you can control both fans via single FAN-interface on your computer. Also, Noctua gives you four fanscrews and four rubber holders to install your fan in either way.
Noctua uses 7-blade design in NF-F12 PWM. The fan is specified to 1500RPM at 12V and is able to move about 93cubic metres of air per hour. Like other Noctua fans we’ve seen in the past, NF-F12 PWM is also cream in color.
As we can see Noctua has put a lot of effort into the design of its NF-F12 PWM fan. Those little holes in the plastic structure of the fan are there to make the airflow to direct as intended and to reduce the noise coming from the air hitting a cooler. As we all know, all fans make a different type of noise when the airflow has no obstacles in its way.
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To reduce a vibrating noise coming from the fan, Noctua has put rubber feet on every corner of the fan. This should make the fans even quieter in real life use when every component in your case vibrates in a different frequency making nasty resonance sounds. In our tests these rubber feets actually made our system noticably quieter thus working as expected.
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