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Item#: N82E16835186033

ARCTIC F12 PWM Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 120mm PWM Speed Control, 74CFM at 22dBA

  • 120mm
  • 600-1350 RPM / 74 CFM
  • 22dBA
  • Fluid dynamic bearing
  • 6-year limited warranty
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The ARCTIC F PWM forwards the PWM signal from the CPU to the whole case ventilation system. The entire system is cooled quietly, but still offers the superb performance when needed.

  • newegg Versatile Applicable With the standard 25mm frame, the ARCTIC F PWM can be applied as intake or outtake system fan.
  • newegg Silent Operation Thanks to fluid dynamic bearing and the fan holder design, the ARCTIC F PWM is not only quiet, but also highly durable.
  • newegg Quick and Easy Setup Via the PWM signal, the CPU fan is controlled by the mainboard to reach the ideal temperature for the CPU. The PST (PWM Sharing Technology) is forwarding the PWM signal to all other fans inside the system. This way, all fans are spinning at the same speed. This provides silent operation in idle mode, but also gives sufficient performance, when required to offer efficient cooling.

Learn more about the ARCTIC COOLING AF12PWM

Model

Brand
ARCTIC COOLING
Model
AF12PWM

Spec

Type
Case Fan
Compatibility
Case
Fan Size
120mm
Bearing Type
Fluid Dynamic
RPM
300 - 1350 RPM (controlled by PWM)
Air Flow
74 CFM
Noise Level
0.5 Sone
Power Connector
4 Pin PWM
Color
White

Physical Spec

Dimensions
120 x 120 x 25mm

Features

Features
120mm, Unique Ninja-Knife Impeller Design Increasing Airflow while Minimizing Fan Noise

600-1350RPM, High Variable Airflow, Static Pressure & Low Noise: 74 CFM at 22 dBA

Sturdy Fan Holder Compatible with Screwless Mounting

Fluid Dynamic Bearing Significantly Extends Service Life

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years


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  • Matthew S.
  • 3/19/2014 6:14:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMove A LOT of Air

Pros: Does exactly what it says. The cable is about 11-12 inches long so I was able to route the cable through the back of the case and back in to connect to the mobo (for the 3-pin that I got).

Cons: It is fairly silent. I believe their noise levels they stated if it had no case or obstructions. In reality, they are pretty noise due to the shear amount of air they move. I got them turned down to 1100RPMs and they are more manageable now.

Remember that it is not fan motor noise, just the air it moves. 77CFM is a ton of air, and that's why I wanted them.

The cable is not sleeved black so you get to see the colored wires. Not a huge deal to me though.

The mounting screws are bare metal and not black.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend a fan controller if you get the 3-pin version of this fan. Unless you have a mobo that can turn it down in the bios.

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  • Brett O.
  • 3/16/2014 7:30:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood deal

Pros: - Price versus other PWM fans
- Moves a good deal of air when push against a radiator
- Comes with daisy chain connectors.. Y cables not needed!

Cons: - Does not move the advertised 74cfm
- Bought 3 fans, 1 dies after a year of use

Other Thoughts: Given the pros and cons, I would might buy these again, but I would like to compare them to higher priced fans first.

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  • Michael D.
  • 3/3/2014 9:31:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive, effective, and durable fans

Pros: Solid build quality
PWM
Can daisy-chain them
Outstanding warranty
Good airflow throughout the speed range
Quiet

Cons: None. Just BUY them NOW - you know you want to.

Other Thoughts: Arctic Cooling PWM+PST fans are my go-to choice when I need to order case or CPU cooler fans. Whenever I get a new case or CPU cooler, the factory included junk fans come out and these go in.

I've been using them in their various sizes (80mm, 92mm, 120mm, and now 140mm) since they've been on the market, and I have never had one fail...ever.

I have used them as intake, exhaust, CPU cooling, and even modded a GPU to use a 120mm model for cooling and they have always exceeded my expectations.

The only thing that could make these fans better is if AC put some red LEDs in the housing.

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  • Gilbert J.
  • 3/3/2014 5:43:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMakes Noise

Pros: PWM, looks to be of quality construction, 4-pin piggy back connector. Not too expensive at about $10.

Cons: When I tried installing this fan as a rear exhaust in my computer I ran into my first problem. The cable is too short to reach the PWM header on my motherboard (GA-990FX-UD3), the cable measures about 11-1/8" from the frame of the fan to the end of the 4-pin connector. I worked around this by piggy backing on the CPU PWM fan header and ran into the next problem, the fan makes a low-frequency grumbling noise on spin up that quiets down but is still audible after reaching speed. I can tolerate wind noise but the grumbling this fan makes is plain annoying. If the fan did not have this grumbling noise and the cord was longer I would likely be happy with this fan. I would not recommend this fan if you are easily bothered by noise or your fan header is not near where you plan to install the fan. I ran this fan for less than 10 mins in my case and promptly removed it, I won't be using it in my computer.

Other Thoughts: Others have mentioned that fans they have recieved do not have the 4-pin piggy back connector so don't count on it as a feature. My workstation case uses fan brackets (not screws) to hold fans in place. This fan measures 24.5 mm thick (not 25 mm) and because of this fits loose in my fan bracket. The noise mentioned above is not caused by this though since the noise is still present and unchanged even when holding the fan in my hand (I can actually feel the strong vibrations this fan generates). I wanted to replace my old Antec tri-cool (3-speed) 120mm fan that has been working perfectly fine for years for an automatic PWM speed adjustment fan. I guess I will have to keep looking.

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  • Brendan J.
  • 2/21/2014 8:40:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works!

Pros: It works, and its fairly cheap!

Cons: Its not free.

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  • Patricia B.
  • 2/21/2014 3:09:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsall but 1

Pros: They all work great with my NZXT controller, quiet (even on highest) and fast; lots of airflow.

Cons: All but 1 of them are quiet, 1 makes a slight whining noise, but the cost of shipping it back probably isn't worth a replacement. -1 egg for 4/5 working without defects.

Other Thoughts: Not really a con but, these come with a 4-pin connector only if want to use these on a NZXT Sentry controller you'll need to cut part of the plastic on the 3-pin plugs of the controller to make these fit properly.

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  • Jeffery C.
  • 2/13/2014 8:26:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet, Standard Fan nothing fancy no lights

Cons: none

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  • Holly B.
  • 1/25/2014 2:47:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBeware - product pictured is not what you'll get.

Pros: Would have been perfect for my situation if I had received what is pictured.

Cons: The one I received is labeled as Rev. 2. And apparently it does not come with the daisy chain plug any longer. It's just a normal 4 pin plug.
Problem is, that's the exact reason I bought this particular fan.

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  • Shane P.
  • 1/20/2014 12:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat multipurpose fan

Pros: Silent, moves a decent amount of air. Affordable price tag.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Used this as a replacement to the failing fan on my CM Evo 212 cooler.

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  • Bertram T.
  • 1/17/2014 8:50:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsno plug set/adapter

Pros: Runs well otherwise

Cons: Unlike what the image shows, this fan does NOT have the daisy chain adapter (it's a straight up 4-pin pwm).

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