|Series||NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap|
|Item Model Number||NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap|
|Product Dimensions||12 x 12 x 2.5 cm; 195 Grams|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||12 x 12 x 2.5 centimetres|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR2 SDRAM|
|Item Weight||195 g|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||20 March 2018|
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Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Black)
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|Product Dimensions||12 x 12 x 2.5 cm; 195 Grams|
|Power connector type||4-Pin|
|Noise level||22.4 dB|
About this item
- Premium quiet fan, 120x120x25mm, 12V, 4-pin PWM, max. 1500 RPM, max. 22.4 dB(A), >150,000 h MTTF
- Award-winning NF-F12 design has received more than 100 recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines
- Focused Flow frame for outstanding static pressure performance, ideal for use on heatsinks and radiators
- 4-pin PWM version for automatic speed control via 4-pin PWM fan headers, 1500rpm maximum speed
- chromax.black.swap edition with all-black design and swappable red, black, white, blue, yellow and green anti-vibration pads for colour-customising
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Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines, the NF-F12 is one of Noctua’s most renowned and popular 120mm fans. Its outstanding static pressure performance and the Focused Flow frame make it ideal for use on heatsinks and radiators. The chromax.black.swap edition combines the NF-F12’s signature quiet cooling performance with an attractive all-black design and a bundle of swappable red, white, blue, green, yellow and black anti-vibration pads that allow the colour-customisation of the fan to match individual build colour schemes. For further customisation, a wide range of accessories such as coloured cables, additional anti-vibration pads and anti-vibration mounts are available separately. Topped off with Noctua’s trusted premium-grade SSO2 bearing, more than 150,000 hours MTTF and 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NF-F12 PWM chromax.black.swap is the perfect choice for all users who value individual, focused build aesthetics just as much as class-leading quality and performance.
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Definitely not jet engines
By Mr. Luke Jones on 24 September 2020
Definitely not jet engines
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So I went for these and thought they can’t be any worse.
So after buying 6 of these all I can say is that I was blown away(no pun intended), they are so quiet, and the airflow is amazing my 3070 graphics card(yes they do exist) used to run at a temperature of 55 degrees while idling, now it runs at 34 degrees.
Even when the fans are on 100% they aren’t annoying and I would say they sound like a small desk fan(remember I have 6 of these). I would doubt anyway would have fans running at 100%, if you do then you need a better airflow case.
Also you can change the colours of the corners, you get these rubber edges that help reduce vibration, I chose white but you can chose what ever colour suits you, they look very smart, and they are easy to mount.
Anyway, I can’t recommend them enough, they may cost more than some, but are worth the money.
That being said, I did test the fan in my CPU cooler to try to decide whether I should buy another one or not.
I was comparing apples and oranges here intentionally because I wanted to see if I could manage to get equivalent or near-equivalent performance out of this 120 mm fan that I was getting out of another Noctua 140 mm fan (the NF-P14r) whilst improving the symmetry and RAM clearance at the front of my NH-D14 cooler, since putting a 140 mm fan at the front of it means I have to mount it slightly off-centre on the heatsink to clear my (low profile) RAM and this is a minor aesthetic annoyance. I was fairly surprised to find that this thing almost manages it. I would say it depends on your priorities, really: if what you want is better RAM clearance and less noise, you could do much worse than this. If you just want the absolute best cooling performance no matter what, you might want to get a 140 mm fan like the NF-A15 HS-PWM or lower-cost NF-P14r, which will give slightly better results in that respect. But I do mean slightly.
With two NF-P14r on my NH-D14, the temperature under 100% CPU load equalised at only 1 °C lower than having one NF-P14r in the middle and this NF-F12 on the front of the heatsink. At idle, there was no appreciable difference between them whatsoever. I tested this twice, switching back and forth just in case there would be any different at all if I mounted it in a slightly different position or in case it had been some sort of fluke, but got identical results both times. This thing has less airflow but less static pressure which seems to translate to almost equivalent cooling performance in practical terms when installed on the front of a heatsink. (Aside: my "new" one that had clearly been returned appeared to have been used in a stupid way which might be why it was returned... the screw holes that were gouged out were on the front side, as if they'd screwed the thing in as a case intake fan, but I kinda struggle to think why you'd use a 120 mm pressure-optimised fan for that purpose when you can get better airflow and general performance from a 140 mm fan or an airflow-optimised 120 mm one.)
So if you want better RAM clearance with similar temps, this is probably what you're after!
NF-A15 HS-PWM (flagship 140 mm):
24.6 db/A noise | 140.2 m³/h airflow | 2.08 mm H2O static pressure
NF-P14r redux (slightly more budget 140 mm, last gen tech repackaged):
25.8 db/A noise | 133.7 m³/h airflow | 1.91 mm H2O static pressure
NF-F12 chromax.black.swap (this 120 mm fan):
25.8 db/A noise | 133.7 m³/h airflow | mm H2O static pressure
I'm down voting this model because the fit and accessories have been unnecessarily scrimped on. I bought the chromax black to replace the beige ones I have for use in a glass sided case. In which I originally used five very cheap black Arctic p12's. (Good fans, but see below)
The beige version of the noctua comes with a y connector to allow you to run two fans from one header, an extension cable, a low noise adapter and some rubber pull through fan mounts plus usual screws. The beige version of the fan also has a few inches of attached cable to mount to a board directly.
This black version only has the long extension cable, which you cannot avoid using, because the fan itself has zero cable length. This means in most cases an unnecessarily long extension cable to deal with. At least it does in my case. The coloured corners provided are only four of each colour. If you are buying fans for a build because of the colour as well as quality, then surely eight of each colour would be optimal. My build is black and white so used black for mount and white for aesthetic was the compromise.
Noctua have cheaped out here and it almost feels like they begrudge customers who don’t prefer beige. So if you want their black ones you will pay for such a crime.
As mentioned above, I originally fitted Arctic P12's, but these made weird whining noises while changing speeds, which became annoying. I wanted something I could rely on to be quiet and efficient, so bought Noctua again to avoid the hassle of lengthy research.
It's sad that Noctua have removed much of the reason one purchased the brand, just because of the colour. I think it's a mistake, given the pricing. Why not provide the same as the beige, but add in the coloured corners at extra or just provide all black and let the customer purchase different coloured corners, if desired?
The lack of any built in fan cable is in my opinion a very unfortunate one and actually the main reason for my down vote. Had they provided a short and long extension cable and a full set of coloured mounts my review would have been somewhat different.
Due to this, I am trialling 2 x 140mm of a different brand in the front of my case. They seem good so far. If they stand up over time, I will have an option for my next build.
It’s faulty. Something that a quick quality control check should have picked up.
I waited about 5 days on this fan. I actually read up on it and it’s what I needed but I’m so annoyed I’ve wasted time and energy with a sub-standard item.
I now have to take time out of my day to repackage, post it back and wait for confirmation it has been received. Then After all that I will have to wait for a refund!
I also fitted a 140mm on the back of the case which is also next to silent. I have them all set to standard in the bios and can just about hear them.
Two more to be ordered to replace the fans on the 240mm rad and then I am sure it'll be purring like a cat.
The point I am trying to make is that these fans are very good in terms of airflow and sound. I'll be buying more to replace other fans.
THANK YOU Noctua finally for making fans that replace the brown monstrosities :)