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COUGAR CF-V12HP Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan with Pulse Width Modulation

  • 120mm
  • 800-1500 RPM 70.5cfm/119.8cmh max
  • Hydro-Dynamic
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Case Fan
Fan Size
Bearing Type
800-1500 RPM
Air Flow
70.5 CFM / 119.8 CMH
Noise Level
Power Connector
4 Pin

Physical Spec

120 x 120 x 25mm


PWM stands for Pulse Width Modulation. The 4-Pin connector allows the mainboard to control the fan speed from 800-1500RPM.

Optimum airflow, air pressure & extremely silent performance

Innovative blade design focus air flow & optimum cooling efficiency

Reduce the vibrations efficiently & silent operation

Air-inlet with optimal aero-dynamical design reducing noisy air turbulences

HDB runs more smoothly with no friction, make it quietly & durability(MTBF300,000hrs)

Rubber fixed pins also reduces vibrations (fan run more quietly) and Tool-less makes it easy to mount, with no tools required

Package Contents

Package Contents
Case Fan
Small 4 to big 4pin adapter
Tool-less fixed pins

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • joseph n.
  • 7/11/2014 8:21:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome!

Pros: amazingly powerful, moves a ton of air, and quiet!! such good craftsmanship, i bought 3 120's, 2 for intake and 1 for exhaust. my haf 912 stays super cool!!!

Cons: only con i have is that i did not buy these sooner.

Other Thoughts: cant wait to purchase 4 more of these to put on my seidon 240m radiator.

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  • Donald M.
  • 7/9/2014 6:43:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Product

Pros: Great quality fan. Extremely quite and moves allot of air. Feels like a very solid product.

Cons: none

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  • Richard S.
  • 7/7/2014 7:42:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet premium 120mm Fan

Pros: Quiet fan, no vibration, good airflow.

Got it on sale for 10 buckaroos. PWM untested

Cons: 10$ for a fan.

Other Thoughts: Got it as a replacement for a noisy Corsair H55 Water cooler "quiet edition" it was the noisiest component on my build.

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  • Joel S.
  • 6/25/2014 12:17:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCOUGAR CF-V12HP review and more!

Pros: I have 6 of these on a RX360 radiator and they're quiet! Even at max RPM(1600 according to my mobo, PWM controlled) they were barely louder than my water pump rated at <25dBA.

They work OK on voltage control. I didn't notice any increased noise.

Overall, it's a nice PWM fan. Very good for low resistance applications. Acceptable performance in push/pull on radiators.

Note: the rest of this review is largely radiator and negative resistance specific.

Cons: Cost. I got mine for $9/ea off newegg on sale, but more than that and these start to become pretty expensive considering I'm running 6 of them. It all depends on how much of an issue noise is to you. There may be other fans out there that perform better with less noise, but I did A LOT of looking and didn't see anything better other than the Gentle Typhoons which are discontinued.

General negative, not limited to these fans: specs can be deceptive. I would recommend not buying any fan solely based off of the MFR listed specs as most are generally tested in an open space without negative pressure or resistance to airflow as you will experience in most real world applications. That's where the static pressure rating of the fan would come in if it were accurate, but from what I've seen from other people's test results these are not the most powerful fan out there.

I wouldn't use these for a radiator unless you're really looking for something quiet and then I would also only run them in push/pull with gasket material as these are not a perfectly square shape. Running gasket on a radiator will also help space the fan away from the rad which is a good thing because it will allow air to flow through the fins more evenly and theoretically reduce how much the fan motor needs to work to get the air to flow.

Other Thoughts: I own various cooler master fans(the cougars are better than all of them) and a 140mm noctua which is really nice if not a bit loud. In my experience the best fan that I've come across in terms of noise/static pressure/cost ratio is the 1650RPM fan made by XSPC. I got them with my 360mm radiator and they are available separately. The reason I'm not running these on my radiator is because XSPC doesn't make PWM fans and my Gigabyte Z87X motherboard doesn't support voltage regulation as a fan control option. They're louder than the cougars but the performance is that much more as well.

Tip: there are forums and websites out there where people have taken it upon themselves to do comparative spec reviews of multiple fans measuring dBA and cooling performance. Check out Martins.

Machine specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Quad-Core @4.4GHz turbo.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3@2133 MHz
MB: GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-D3H LGA 1150 Intel Z87
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB SATA III MLC (x3, striped/RAID 0)
PSU: Cooler Master V1000 - 1000W Power Supply 80 PLUS Gold
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
CPU cooler: XSPC custom water loop.
Soundcard: Creative Soundblaster Z
Fan controller: NZXT Sentry Mix 2

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  • Nathan L.
  • 6/21/2014 10:26:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsShould've Bought This a Long Time Ago

Pros: - It works. It pushes a lot of air out the back-end of my mid-tower and does it effortlessly.
- Comes with rubber mounts, so that no screws are needed for installation
- Rubber mounts prevent vibration and makes this fan a case-cooling ninja.

Cons: - None. It fits/works.

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  • Randy G.
  • 6/20/2014 7:21:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgets loud

Pros: Decent Price
Cool look
Move a lot of focused air

Cons: After a couple of months the fan got loud.
Though the airflow is more "centered" than a standard 120mm fan it moves about the same amount.

Other Thoughts: I bought this fan to replace a loud Rosewill 120mm front fan, that honestly moved a lot air. This unit was very quiet for the first 2 months. The only fan I could hear was my gpu fan. I guess now that it's "broken in" it makes a lot more noise, almost as much as the fan it replace.

The design of the fan does produce a very focus/centered airflow, that blow perfectly over my hd 7870. But the gpu temps haven't changed. It does move a lot of air, as did the fan it replaced, but the quiet factor is gone and that was the whole purpose of the purchase. It's not terribly loud, about the same as an xbox 360. I may replace it an AC brand fan as these have been very quiet for me.

Don't get me wrong, the fan works good for cooling, but it did not stay quiet for long. For that it looses 2 eggs.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/12/2014 1:08:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsQuiet but hardly moves any air

Pros: whisper quiet
looks cool
supposedly high static pressure

Cons: Barely moves any air. After replacing my stock rosewill case fans with these, my video card started overheating. I've had to go back to my stock fans.
I can hold my hand 3 inches away and feel just a little breeze. This is at full rpm.

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  • John C.
  • 6/12/2014 11:01:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very quite, controllable by motherboard, high airflow. Replaced the fans on my corsair cooler (105), temp went down 3-4 degrees on stress test at 99% cpu load. Noise level is very good now.

Cons: color

Other Thoughts: Corsair cooler was 80$ less than my other Thermatlake, even with the new fans (were on sale). This is at least the 10th system I have built for myself. First one was a 286 with 512K ram!!!

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  • Daniel G.
  • 6/5/2014 12:24:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRelatively Quiet

Pros: cost:performance ratio is good. performance, in this case, refers to both air flow and noise.

Cons: you get what you pay for. fluid bearings or not, this isn't a "silent" cooling system. 17.9dB is 17.9dB. not much of a con. just don't expect miracles.

rubber mounts are poorly designed, but once the fan is attached (using them), they seem to work well.

not a "fan" of the orange blades, but it's better than an led and not a deal breaker.

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these for a midtower that has a lot of passive and liquid cooling. so the only noise coming from the box is the steady noise of the fans and the sporadic noise from one of the HDDs writing files.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/5/2014 8:27:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I used this to replace a Xigmatek XSF-F1252 I had been using temporarily on a TR Venomous X on an overclocked i7 2600k.

Noise level - quietest fan in my system until ~1300RPMs. And yes, it is mounted horizontal.

Airflow - At top speed, the hottest core of the i7 saw a 3-4 degree C drop in load temps over the Xigmatek.

Price - I got it on sale. Normal price is the same as the slightly slower non-PWM version (the CF-V12H)

Nice sleeved cable

Cons: Noise levels at >1300RPMs - In the span of just several hundred RPMs, the fan goes from the quietest fan in the system to arguably the loudest, just barely edging out the blower type fan on a GTX 670 reference cooler. Luckily it's all air movement noise and not motor noise, which I don't mind. Might be due to having it on a heatsink.

Other Thoughts: To recap:

Used as a single CPU fan on a Thermalright Venomous X to cool an i7 2600K. Other fans in my system include 3 CF-V12Hs, the stock fan in a 1250w OCZ ZX, and a Galaxy GTX 670 GC with a reference heatsink. All stuck in a Corsair 500R.

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