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Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan

  • Carefully optimised to achieve a perfect balance between power and quietness
  • Integrated Anti-Viberation Pads
  • First fan to feature SSO bearing
  • Low-Noise Adaptor
  • 120x120x25mm

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Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade impeller, the NF-F12's Focused Flow system creates outstanding static pressure and focuses the airflow for superior performance on heatsinks and radiators. At the same time, a wide range of advanced aerodynamic design measures, second generation SSO-Bearings and Noctua's new, custom designed PWM IC for fully automatic control guarantee astounding quietness of operation. The NF-F12 comes with modular cabling, integrated anti-vibration pads and two speed settings for full flexibility. Its commanding performance, exhaustive set of features and Noctua's trusted premium quality make it an elite choice for use on air coolers, radiators and other pressure demanding applications.

  • newegg Focused Flow Frame and Heptaperf Impeller Designed for pressure demanding applications such as heatsinks and radiators, the Focused Flow frame features eleven stator guide vanes that straighten, channel and focus the airflow, which allows the NF-F12 to rival the performance of conventional fans running at much faster speeds. The NF-F12’s stator guide vanes are set out in Varying Angular Distance and feature Vortex-Control Notches. Both measures help to spread the noise emission over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern more agreeable to the human ear. Custom designed for the new Focused Flow frame and to work in tandem with the eleven stator guide vanes, the NF-F12’s seven blade Heptaperf impeller has been carefully optimized to achieve a perfect balance between power and quietness.
  • newegg Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures Noctua’s Stepped Inlet Design adds turbulence to the influx in order to facilitate the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow, which reduces tonal intake noise, improves flow attachment and increases suction capacity, especially in space restricted environments. With the tips of the fan blades ploughing through the boundary layer created by the Inner Surface Microstructures, flow separation from the suction side of the blades is significantly suppressed, which results in reduced blade passing noise and improved airflow and pressure efficiency. The Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads made from extra-soft silicone minimize the transmission of minute vibrations while maintaining full compatibility with all standard mounting systems and fan clips used on heatsinks.
  • newegg SSO2 Bearing and Metal bearing shell The NF-F12 is the first fan to feature the further optimized second generation of Noctua’s renowned, time-tested SSO bearing. With SSO2, the rear magnet is placed closer to the axis to provide even better stabilization, precision and durability. In order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision, minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability, the NF-F12 sports a CNC milled bearing shell made entirely from brass.
  • newegg Custom designed PWM IC with SCD Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NF-F12 uses Noctua’s novel, custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching noises and thus makes the fan quieter at lower speeds. The NF-F12 is also supplied with a Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 1500 to 1200rpm. The L.N.A can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 1200rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic PWM control.
  • newegg Ultra-Low Power Consumption The NF-F12 draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.
  • newegg Extensive Cabling Options The fan’s short 20cm primary cable minimizes cable clutter in typical applications while the supplied 30cm extension provides extended reach when necessary. Both cables are fully sleeved and a 4-pin y-cable allows you to connect a second NF-F12 fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 6 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 6 years
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  • Michael I.
  • 9/28/2015 3:16:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Fans but Poor Delivery Service

Pros: These are the premier fans for cooling. They are worth the money.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I was on the Premier Service Plan here but was placed in a gotcha in the delivery service. The 3 day service is through UPS which the time of delivery is at the end of day. What exactly is is end of day? Well, disappointment to my client who was expecting the job to be done by now. I have not received the package as of 6:12 pm EST which is the time of this post. Sad I can get things delivered next day through another online service which gets the package here on a reasonable time. Just remember that when you place a order here of the time to get your product(s).

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  • Justin S.
  • 9/13/2015 7:20:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoctua NF-F12

Pros: These fans are truly amazing. I have an H100i, just like many others have, and the stock fans were really loud. Even being on Quiet mode and making a custom curve with corsair link, the stock fans were unbearable. I purchased two Noctua NF-F12s and I am blown away. My H100i is completely silent now. My brand new ceiling fan makes more noise than my PC now. Is the price a little high? Sure, but you do get a LNA, Y Cable. extension cable and four rubber mounts, so I feel that the twenty dollars is worth the investment.

PS. My H100i is configured in 'push.' The air is being pushed through my radiator and out the top of my Air 540.

Cons: The color..are these fans the best color scheme in the world? No. However, props for Noctua being different. But, these fans are simply amazing, completely silent, that I can look over the color.

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  • Amber A.
  • 9/12/2015 9:04:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreatest fans

Pros: Purchased on reputation, these fans lived up to the expectations.

VERY quiet

great mounting experience. everything was very intuitive for a first timer like myself

Cons: As I was already warned, they aren't much to look at. I put them in the case though and I don't hardly notice them anymore.

Other Thoughts: 10/10 would buy again!

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  • Shaun R.
  • 9/5/2015 6:52:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Fan

Pros: PWM fan, quite, Noctua quality

Cons: Not a big fan of the color scheme on these fans

Other Thoughts: I purchased two of these and installed in a push configuration on my radiator. I am considering buying two more so I can have a push/pull configuration on my radiator.

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  • Michael B.
  • 8/27/2015 8:59:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery quite fan, good quality

Pros: Very happy with the fan because the price was not bad for the quality and noise reduction. I have two of these running on my Noctua CPU cooler and ordered a third for my case. Very quite fans.

Cons: none

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  • BRIAN B.
  • 8/4/2015 11:55:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsI posted this in Cougar fans also, it's about both

Pros: I have owned both brands of fans now for at least 2 or 3 years. My computer is a dual CPU 32 CORE workstation/server that only gets turned off when I go out of town a couple of times a year. They have been running non-stop for years without as much as a tick or a rattle. i do clean the blades several times a year, especially on my Noctuas which are on my 2 Noctua CPU coolers ( fans each) I have been waiting for them to fail so that i can get PWM speed controlled fans (either Cougar or Noctua) to replace them as my computer has an extensive fan control system built in to the motherboard. The same goes for all the Cougars that I use for the case, I bought them when there were no PWM speed controlled fans being made by then or at least the New Egg carried. I am still waiting for those to fail as well. The fans that came with the dase (Thermaltake) failed within months of building it. I got the Noctuas when i upgraded CPU's from 8 cores @ 2 GHz to 16 cores @3.3GHz for each of two CPU's. I also have 4 x 2 TB Black Enterprise Edition 7200 RPM Hard Drive configured as a striped RAID for speed and 2 X i TB Seagate 7200 RPM Drives (the originals) being used as Long Term Storage on the 3 GB/s front Bus the RAID and both SSD's a 256 GB and a 5612 GB are on the Pike card Raid at 6 GB/s. It has 64 GB of registered RAM soon to me 96 GB and a 7850 series amd processor Video Card by Radeon. I use it for Recording Music and processing it, mixing it etc as well as all my other computer needs. There are faster computers out there but few that can match it in the number of things it can do at once without breaking a sweat:) I never overheats and i never get Blue screens (Knock on Wood!) In MHO you cannot go wrong with a Cougar or a Noctua Fan. Just be sure to research all the fans they make and get the fan that best suites your specific needs. As far as CFM; Db; PWM Speed control or manual set speed. and of course what size. They are not inexpensive nor are they made cheaply in any way. The prices are very fair for what you get and I only had to call once to each company with a question and they were extremely professional and friendly and very serious about customer satisfaction. As in I truly believe that if there was a serious problem they would gladly replace the fan with no or very little argument, probably they would just want to know the circumstances in order to send it to their development team to see if it is a recurring problem. That is the feeling they gave me when dealing with them. I don't believe that you can go wrong with either company if you choose the fan that fits your needs, from either company.

Cons: I have non. Once they fail, I will just order replacements, although I think I will get fans that my MOBO can control the speed on. I use them on a computer that it used for recording music including voice, so silence in important. With the manually adjustable speed fans I just put the resister in and they go dead silent, when using the computer for production and mixing or other heavy CPU use jobs I let them run full speed. At full speed they aren't really very loud at all.

Other Thoughts: Read my Comment on the Cougar fans.SAme for Noctuas.

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  • Hayden C.
  • 8/3/2015 3:38:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoctua NF-F12

Pros: Everything! These fans are great. Good performance with bearable noise, the noise reduction cable is awesome.

Cons: Color: poop brown and vomit tan

Other Thoughts: I wish they came in different color or had LED's. Got these to replace stock fans on H80i. Keeps it way cooler and WAY quieter.

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  • Mark N.
  • 7/31/2015 11:40:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMade my desktop quiet

Pros: I purchased these fans because, like many others, my Corsair H100i cooler was extremely loud under load. I replaced the stock fans with two of these and keep them on performance mode 24/7 and I think the only sound I can hear from my computer is the case fans.

Cons: The only thing that comes to mind is the price, but the fans (and packaging) feel so sturdy and high quality that I can't complain. Worth every penny.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend these to anyone irritated with the noise produced by any cooler that uses a radiator.

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  • Richard M.
  • 7/14/2015 1:10:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA fan fit for a workstation

Pros: Noctua quality
Excellent packaging
Rich feature set
Six year warranty

Cons: Expensive but worth every penny
Some would say the packaging is overkill
Many will not like the color
Not designed for free air pressure

Other Thoughts: This excellent fan is designed to do one thing well and that is push a focused stream of high pressure air through the fins of a radiator or heat sink. The design is perfect for installation as a CPU cooler fan. Even at full throttle, the fan makes little noise, and the sound it does make is not annoying. The amount of air it pushes is more than enough to keep even a high performance Intel Xeon CPU well within safe limits under heavy load. The attention to detail is evident in the rigorous design Noctua is known for.

Although many people have complained about the high price and choice of colors, those who know quality builds will instantly recognize the Noctua fan. The poop brown blades and vomit tan frame are a Noctua trademark, making this beautiful fan stand out from the crowd.

Base System spec in brief:

Raijintek Aeneas micro ATX cube chassis
Gigabyte B85M-D3H system board
Intel Xeon E31246V3 at 3.5GHz
Noctua NHU12S CPU cooler with two NF-F12 fans
32GB (4X8GB) Kingston Value RAM
Icy Dock Armor 2 3.5inch hot swap for 2 SSDs
Intel 730 240GB SSD for Windows 7 Pro
Two WD Blue 1TB HHDs for file storage
LG 16X MDisc ODD for Bray, DVD and CD

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  • Anthony G.
  • 7/13/2015 5:00:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI can't even hear my PC running anymore

Pros: Super quiet! 100x better than the Corsair fans that came with my H80i!

Cons: None

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