Introduction to the Noctua NF-F12 PWM Cooling Fan
It has been quite some time since we last reviewed just a cooling fan without an actual cooler accompanying it. We are not doing that on purpose but we feel that it is hard to review a cooling fan alone unless you have all the proper equipment to test with; namely an anemometer. Without such an item you cannot get one of the most important pieces of information about a fan which is CFM. But because one of our fellow readers feel that getting any information is better than not getting any at all, we have decided to give a couple of fans a shot.
The fan we are reviewing here today will be the Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm fan. Noctua has been the recipient of many awards for their fan designs. There are long lasting, quiet and allow the user to install them in many different configurations. However, the F12 takes fan technology to a whole new level. Every physical piece of this fan offers something in the way of science to help make it one of the most efficient fans to date.
Noctua's take on the F12
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 heat sinks 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.