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ARCTIC F12 Fluid Dynamic Bearing Case Fan, 120mm Quiet Blade Design, 74CFM at 22dBA

  • 120mm
  • 1300 RPM 74 CFM
  • Fluid Dynamic
  • 0.3 Sone
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years


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  • Nash L.
  • 3/13/2015 12:42:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProduct as described

Pros: Very good at cooling

Cons: None

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  • Raymond D.
  • 1/29/2015 5:17:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Fan

Pros: Moves a ton of Air. can be load but to be honest I did not buy for noise level. This fan moves a ton of air. I have 4 in a push pull configuration on a H100 Closed loop system and they work great.

Cons: the fan is white. I knew this and do not mind I have a Blue/black them going in my case. these fans do have a failuir rat i got luck got 3 good ones and 1 bad one that New egg so kindly replaced free of charge...

Other Thoughts: ok use a bit of common sense buying fans high CFM 65 and up you are going to hear them. Well maybe not the fan but the sound of air being moved. For the price these are they are good. want silent then prepare to shell out up to $40 per fan....

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  • Matt F.
  • 1/17/2015 6:03:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsgood airflow, but got noisy over time

Pros: Moves a ton of air. Looks cool too.

Cons: Started making noise after a couple months.

Other Thoughts: I bought a pair of these fans when I built my pc last spring. I had these fans mounted horizontally as top exhausts, which in theory should be fine as fluid bearings don't care too much about orientation.

The first few months were fine, but slowly they both started making rattling and resonating sounds. I just recently bought new fans to put as the top exhausts and moved these to vertical positions as a side intake and a rear exhaust and the fans have for the most part shut up, barring a low resonating sound at low RPM from the one fan.

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  • Robert C.
  • 7/24/2014 10:48:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAh-mazeballs!

Pros: -Quiet... Like, scary quiet. Like Children of the Corn quiet.
-High airflow keeps my rig comfortably chill, even in the unairconditioned summer heat.

Cons: Occasionally talks about forcing mankind into slavery. Causes dissention amongst other components. j/k

Seriously though, no cons here.

Other Thoughts: This is a crazy good fan. I'm running 4 of them in my newest build, and I never hear them running. At first I was skeptical that it was actually cooling due to the utter lack of sound, but after checking my temps, this fan cuts the mustard.

One point worth noting is that these are 3 pin fans. Not a problem really, but make sure you can power it. If you're looking for molex fans, keep looking.

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  • ROBERT H.
  • 7/21/2014 6:07:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGREAT FAN!!! (if balanced properly)

Pros: -silent at full speed
-good CFM
-good static pressure
-can be mounted in any orientation

Cons: -sticker was not centered causing a substantial vibration

Other Thoughts: why the product got 4 stars is because i had to modify the fan to get it to work correctly.

The vibration was not terrible, but it was severe enough i thought about the bearing wearing out prematurely.

I cut a moon shaped piece about 1mm at it's thickest point off the edge of the sticker that was closest to the base of the fan blades

Then when powered on it was super smooth

GREAT FAN!!! (if balanced properly)

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  • Harry T.
  • 6/4/2014 10:20:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLook elsewhere

Pros: Price

Cons: High failure rate

Other Thoughts: I purchased about half a dozen or so of these over a year ago. All but one developed annoying ticks or bearing wine after only three months or so. They are supposed to last years.

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  • Frank K.
  • 3/28/2014 4:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsNice fan

Pros: Low cost, quiet, good airflow, light weight compared to other fans of its size, fluid dynamic bearing, 6 year warranty

This is not a plus, but I ran out of room in other thoughts... this fan is rated at 1350 RPM, but mine spins about 100 RPM higher when set to 100%.

Cons: Doesn't have the same feel of durability in my hands that the discontinued Scythe S-Flex series has (other side of the light weight), sharp blade edges will cut you if you touch them when fan is running. Neither is enough to take off an egg (you should not touch the fan while running).

Newegg, you have a dirty mind if you think a word that rhymes with smudge and is used to describe a chocolate candy product is inappropriate. Grow up.

Other Thoughts: These fans are very quiet for the amount of air they push, which is why I bought them, and I was not disappointed. Some people here have said they're not quiet... well, yes, they are, _as high airflow fans go_, but if you are forcing a good amount of air through a fan grille in your case, it's going to make a whooshing noise (apart from the mechanical and air noise the fan itself makes). That will be true of any fan pushing the same amount of air through. Think of the wind making noise going through a tree or fence-- there is no fan at all, but you still hear the turbulence of the air being pushed through the obstruction.

You can't go only by manufacturer's specs regarding noise. A 120mm fan is not going to give you 90 CFM at 18 dBa, as one maker claims. Manufacturers can massage the numbers, or simply make them up, and there are several that are known to have rather rosy numbers for their products that are not reflected in tests against other fans.

I have two of these fans in my case, one pulling and one pushing, and a third one (PWM version) on my CM Hyper 212+ cooler. Set to full speed with Speedfan, I can hear a soft, unobtrusive whooshing sound from the air flow, but I hear zero bearing or mechanical noise with them. Even with all three of the fans on full speed (not to mention the 2 fans for my video card and the PSU fan), the PC is almost inaudible unless I listen for it.

In terms of airflow through the case vents, the Arctics are quite similar to the (discontinued) S-Flex Fs at 1600 RPM (but I did hear a touch of fan noise with the S-Flex fans that I don't with the Arctics). My crude measurement technique involves a stopwatch timing how long it takes to fill a 30 gallon trash bag (rigged up so all the fan output goes in the bag) completely, from the fan output at the back of the case.

At full speed, it took 11 seconds with the S-Flex's and the Arctics... less performance-oriented fans like the Antec 120mm fan that came with my case (looks exactly like the TwoCool, but without the 2 speed function) don't even come close. The Corsair SP120 performance edition (rated LESS CFM than the Arctic-- goes to show how irrelevant CFM numbers can be if you're pushing/pulling through a case grille) turned in a time of 8 seconds, but at the cost of noticeably more fan noise. Even with the Corsair slowed to fill the bag in 11 seconds via Speedfan, it still emitted more noise. I heard some mechanical type noise... even slowed down, it was qualitatively more dissonant than the noise of the Arctics.

I have the front Arctic pulling through a dust filter, and the passive side vents are filtered as well. They do restrict flow quite a lot, but I hate dust in my puter. These two fans do a great job, though; even with OCCT on the small data set setting (max heat) on my 4.4 ghz OC'd 2500k (I lost the silicon lottery... needs 1.36v to be 24h stable), the case temp does not get out of the 30s (C), and the CPU itself maxes at 71C.

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  • Timothy C.
  • 2/19/2014 11:37:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent case fan

Pros: - CFM rating is legit. These move a lot of air. You can't beat the efficiency for this price.
- Quiet. Not really sure what happened with the people saying these are loud, as even a small CPU cooler is louder right now. And I'm running 5 of these units.

Cons: No molex connector. Not a biggie, as I had some adaptors laying around.

Other Thoughts: I had two of these that I've been using for about 2.5 years, and I was so impressed I decided to add 3 more to my case for my latest rebuild. Probably overkill, given how powerful they are, but better too much than not enough cooling. Airflow is amazing in this system now.

As always, Newegg is the best. Can't believe I ever bought from anywhere else.

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  • Branden S.
  • 12/21/2013 10:49:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA notch above

Pros: They work, quiet, fluid dynamic design

Cons: They are white ( WIll attract dust) could blow more air cheap power cable

Other Thoughts: I was in a hurry to buy some fans for my fig after doing some more research I found another brand that has a higher CFM but the same DB level. So... look around before you buy these there are better options

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2013 11:11:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsnot quiet

Pros: look nice, move an ok amount of air

Cons: noisy, not quiet, no PWM control

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these fans expecting them to be quiet, they can very clearly be heard.

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