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Noctua NF-F12 PWM and NF-P12 PWM review

Wazzzup Dawfreaks, It is time for another Fan review!
This time the people over at Noctua has sent me two of their latest fans, the NF-F12 PWM and NF-P12 PWM .
Noctua is well known for quality products for consumers with hi demands on both thermal and low noise performance and has been awarded for many of their products.
Before we go on I would like to thank Noctua for supplying Dawfreak with these two samples.

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A sad note today is that my camera has broken and is in on warranty service,
so I will have to borrow the press images from Noctua.

About Noctua

Designed in Austria, Noctua’s premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 1000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.

This text was taken from http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=unternehmen&lng=en

 

The NF-F12 PWM

Specs

Size

120x120x25 mm
Connector Connector
Bearing SSO2
Blade Geometry Heptaperf™
Frame Technology Focused Flow™
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1500 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow

93,4 m³/h

Airflow with L.N.A.

74,3 m³/h

Acoustical Noise

22,4 dB(A)

Acoustical Noise with L.N.A 18,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure 2,61 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,83 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,6 W
Max. Input Current

0,05 A

Voltage

12 V

MTBF

> 150.000 h

Scope of Delivery

Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
4-Pin Y-Cable
30cm Extension Cable
4 Vibration-Compensators
4 Fan Screws

Warranty

6 years

 

First Impression.
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The Noctua fans always come well packed in nice Boxes, giving a great first impression.

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First of Noctua has added ant vibration corners to the fan to reduce the vibrations out to the case even further, and a note is that these can easily be removed if you feel you need to.

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Turning the NF-F12 PWM around we se the big difference from its older brother.
Noctua has added so called notches to the fan to give a Focused flow.
Noctua describes this with these words..
“The NF-F12’s Varying Angular Distance and Vortex Control Notches”.
This is in Noctuas words to “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.”
For more information visit http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=focused_flow_system

The NF-P12 PWM

Specs

Size

120x120x25 mm
Connector Connector
Bearing SSO2
Blade Geometry


Presure-optimized Nine Blade Design with Vortex-Control Notches

Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow

92,3 m³/h

Airflow with L.N.A.

63,4 m³/h

Acoustical Noise

19,8 dB(A)

Acoustical Noise with L.N.A 12,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure

1,68 mm H2O

Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,21 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,6 W
Max. Input Current

0,05 A

Voltage

12 V

MTBF

> 150.000 h

Scope of Delivery

Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
4-Pin Y-Cable
30cm Extension Cable
4 Vibration-Compensators
4 Fan Screws

Warranty

6 years

 

First Impression.

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As with The NF-F12 PWM the NF-P12 boxing gives a great quality Impression.

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The NF-P12 PWM comes with “Shark tooth cuttings in the fan blades,
Noctua describes this as “Noctua’s signature Vortex-Control Notches split up trailing edge vortices and thus spread the fan’s noise emission over a wider range of frequencies. This measure makes the NF-P12 PWM sound more pleasant to the human ear”.
For more information visit http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=nine_blade_design

 

Testing the Fans.

Test setup
Motherboard
:Gigabyte x58a-ud3r rev.2
Cpu: Intel i7 930 @ stock 2.8ghz
Cpu cooler: noctua nh-u12p se
Ram: 12gb Corsair Dominator lately swapped to vengeance DDR 3 1600mhz
Graphic card: msi 560 ti twin frozr
Hdd´s: System disk Kingston SSDnow v+100 128 gb,
Samples disk Western digital 300gb velociraptor,
Files Disk  1TB western digital caviar black.

I have had these fans installed on my NH-U12P SE2 for two days each, working with my system as usual as well as doing some hardcore testing via Prime 95 for an hour each.
I tested both fans with and without the N.L.A adapters to get a clear as possible view on their performance in my system. My room temp during these tests was 28c, and my system fans was set as they usually are for as little noise as possible just like I want it when recording and creating music.

Test results for NF-F12 PWM

Mode MIN RPM MAX RPM Idle load
No PWM 1500 1500 36 52
No PWM, N.L.A 1200 1200 38 59
PWM 720 920 43 64
PWM, N.L.A 720 920 43 64

 

Test results for NF-P12 PWM

Mode MIN RPM MAX RPM Idle load
No PWM 1300 1300 39 58
No PWM, N.L.A 900 900 44 66
PWM 658 930 44 65
PWM, N.L.A 720 900 44 66

 

Test summery and and sound.
As you can tell from the Tables above the NF-F12 PWM does a little better job with cooling the CPU. Now both the NF-F12 PWM and the NF-P12 PWM does cool the CPU well but it seams the Focused flow on the NF-F12 PWM makes a difference.
One thing that I found when testing these fans was that on the NF-F12 PWM using the N.L.A did not make any difference on the MAX RPM, but since the MAX RPM with the N.L.A on the
NF-P12 PWM then the RPM would be without it the RPM was lower.
This made me skip the N.L.A since I found no use with having it on my System.

If we look at the sound performance of the NF-F12 PWM and NF-P12 PWM I am very impressed, They both are very quiet fans and is nearly silent up to around 900RPM so during normal CPU activity and even when running a CPU heavy production in Studio ONE Professional V2 I could not hear the fans at all.
When running the fans at MAX RPM they become allot more noisy, and comparing the noise between these two fans the NF-P12 PWM had a little more firm sound then the NF-F12 PWM on MAX RPM but then the NF-F12 PWM has a 200 RPM higher top RPM and cools better.

 

Conclusion
Building a PC for Studio work is tricky, a fast system requires cooling,
A studio pc has to be quiet, so the cooling you get has to be quiet!

Noctua has done it again, both the NF-F12 PWM and the NF-P12 PWM are great fans that will help keep your system temps down. the NF-F12 PWN seams to be a bitt better on a CPU cooler that the NF-P12 but no matter what fan you get you will se excellent results.
If you plan to get a new fan for your CPU I recommend the NF-F12 PWM since it has a higher RPM and a bit better cooling performance when used on a CPU cooler.
All in all these two fans are amazing and I recommend them both for anyone no matter what you do with your PC, for ME who wants my Studio PC to be quiet the NF-F12 PWM is a winner.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • quiet
  • nice extras included
  • quality

Cons

  • None

Verdict NF-F12 PWM
recommendedEditors

 

Verdict NF-P12 PWM
recommended

 

Once again I would like to thank Noctua for letting me do this review.

And to you who read this.. THANK YOU!!

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  1. MLO
    March 15, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    You show the rpm difference (difference of 300 rpm) on the NF-N12 with L.N.A adapter vs no adapter but then go on to say there was no difference in rpm between using the adapter or not on the NF-N12.

    • March 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Wow i totaly mised that whole typo weirdness I will correct this . Thanks for the heads up!

  1. September 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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