Conclusion: Noctua’s NF-F12 fans are something special, or Premium as Noctua themselves phrase it. You’ve got to have a burning to desire for silent enthusiast-grade performance in your system to want to invest in these fans which cost a hefty £16 each in the UK and $27 each in the USA.
Conclusion: I find it interesting how my choices in hardware have evolved over time. When I was a fledgling PC builder my choice in fans was determined by the price and of course L.E.D. color. As my taste broadened I championed high CFM/RPMs, this inevitably led ironically to fan controllers.
Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: Introduction The Noctua NF-F12 PWM is a 120mm fan designed with high pressure requirements in mind. Typically, the most often quoted metric of fan performance is the volume of air it can move, usually expressed as cubic feet per minute (CFM).
Summary: For those who follow my reviews, you know right off that if there was in fact something to go wrong with a product, I am sure to get the sample that has an issue or I can filter out the nonsense and bring up something that will detract from a products overall points and my personal recommendations.
Conclusion: The Noctua NF-F12 was a nice surprise. We were expecting it to be like many of the other fans on the market today, making claims that they just barely cover, if at all. The NF-F12 claims it can cool as well or better than fans pushing more CFM, and do so with less noise.
Summary: So the newly designed Noctua NF-F12 PWM has more than just a unique look to it, these design improvements really work to help the fan move air more efficiently for improved cooling performance while remaining virtually silent doing so.
Pros: +Very well made, +Cools better than other fans, +Accessories included, +Silent under normal conditions, +Unique design that works
Summary: Testing a high-end fan such as the Noctua NF-F12 is tricky and somewhat inaccurate given the tolerances of both a silent cooling device and the harsh environment found inside every computer case.