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Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan

  • 120mm
  • 1500 RPM +/-10% max., 1200 RPM +/-10% (w/ L.N.A), 300 RPM +/-10% min. (via PWM control) 93.4 m3/h max., 74.3 m3/h (w/ L.N.A.)
  • SSO2-Bearing (second generation self-stabilising oil-pressure be
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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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  • mark t.
  • 5/11/2015 9:23:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Absolutely silent. When doing a BIOS test of the fans, I jacked this one up to maximum speed (bottom intake), and I could not hear it.

Cons: LED's in the future.

Other Thoughts: If you want a superbly crafted, dead silent, brutally durable product that gets the job done, this is it. No LED's, but I bought it strictly for functionality.

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  • Richard B.
  • 5/7/2015 6:55:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat fan; ultra-quiet

Pros: See my review on the 140mm. Great fans, quiet and efficient, just what I need.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Love the fact that these fans come with extension cables, voltage reducers, and y-cables. Really great fans.

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  • Richard M.
  • 5/6/2015 6:02:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsXeon Workstation

Pros: Excellent quality.
Six year warranty.
Solid performance.
Quiet operation.

Cons: High price.
Color scheme.
Specialized use.
Not completely silent.

Other Thoughts: I obtained a CPU cooler, the Noctua NH-U12S, which comes with one of these preinstalled. I obtained a second NF-F12 PWM to mount on the cooler in a push pull configuration for exhausting air toward the rear panel of a Raijintek Aeneas cube case housing a Xeon workstation built for content creation.

Calculations show that this cooler equipped with two NF12 fans should allow extended turbo boost sessions without throttling under full load. Since the Xeon E3-1246v3 is 85WTDP, the cooler is more than able to keep the CPU cool, even under full load with very little audible noise.

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  • Joseph F.
  • 4/24/2015 5:13:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest fan for the money

Pros: Quiet, high flow rates, fluid bearings and built in vibration pads.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: What can you say? These are the best fans on the market. Strong, durable and well built. Been running Noctura fans for the last ten years, NEVER had any noise or vibration, let alone a failure.

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  • jeremy s.
  • 3/13/2015 11:12:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNoctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Case Fan

Pros: Brick deuce house solid construction!
Beautifully sleeved wires.
RPM limiting adapter.
Y-splitter adapter.
Packaging so cool I took it to work to show people!

Cons: I thought it was expensive until I held it in my hot hands.
Brown color? Nope, status symbol!

Other Thoughts: This is my first Noctua fan. I thought all fans where pretty much the same, until I purchased this bad Larry! I will never buy another cruddy fan... ever . . . EVER!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2015 10:41:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Quiet, yet sufficiently powerful. Bought 5, and couldn't be happier. Came with all sorts of goodies that most fans don't come with.

Cons: Out of the 5 fans I bought, I'm pretty sure the sound of one of them is s tad off balance, making a off putting noise from the rest. I'll need to inspect it further to confirm this, as it's still in my system, and noises are hard to identify without testing things indivudally. Just know that any moving parts device may have problems. I know if there is a problem Noctua will take care of me.

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  • BRIAN M.
  • 2/27/2015 8:04:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: These fans feel premium. Other complain about low air flow. You need to take into consideration how quiet they are to other fans when evaluating their performance. I have two in a push pull configuration wired to PWM direct to the CPU Fan header. Z97 ASUS motherboard.

Cons: None, Stop complaining about the color. People know the fans by their color, It is their signature.

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  • Brandon H.
  • 2/25/2015 12:32:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThee fan

Pros: this is simply an amazing fan. From the boxing to the threaded wire protection, energy. output and durability. This is truly a performance fan.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Fans are even fans of these fans. Amazing... if you can get past the color.

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  • Robert C.
  • 2/16/2015 4:38:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCan't even hear them running

Pros: Worth every penny. I can't even hear them running. Very happy with these fans. Using them on my H100i Corsair.

Cons: The wiring came with a sticker that was kind of in the way of my install. Easily removed with a pair of cutters.

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  • Vincent O.
  • 2/3/2015 11:29:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNF-F12

Pros: *PWM
*Static pressure
*Low Dba
*Great air flow

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have two of these on a NZXT Respire T40 in push pull and it keeps my i7-3770 OC to 3.7ghz and at idle it stays around 35C and never seen it go over 45C at loads.
Its a great fan and would buy again and highly recommend to friends.

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