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Noctua Focus Flow 120mm NF-F12 PWM Fan Review
|Product:||Noctua Focus Flow NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan|
|Date:||Wed, Dec 14, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Charles McGraw -|
Introduction - The NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan & Specifications
Legit Reviews is no Stranger to Noctua and their unique color scheme. The first time we looked at a Noctua fan was back in 2009 when we had a look at the S12B-FLX fan from Noctua's FLX (Flex) series of fans, designed to operate in multiple configurations from Standard to "Ultra Low Noise." More recently, we had a look at the Noctua NH-C14 Top-Down CPU Cooler which featured a pair of NF-P14 FLX Fans, which were Noctua's last entry into the fan market.
Today we have the honor to look at their brand new Focus Flow 120mm fan, the NF-F12 PWM. The Focus Flow 120mm (NF-F12 PWM) is a brand new Pulse Width Modulation fan which has vastly improved on Noctua's old designs with the brand new Focus Flow technology to improve airflow & static pressure. Likewise, Noctua did not stop there, and also implemented its brand new NE-FD1 PWM IC as well as the brand new SSO2 bearing.
Before we get into the technical side of things, we might as well have a look at the specifications of Noctua's NF-F12 PWM fan.
Noctua Focus Flow 120mm NF-F12 PWM Fan Specifications
|| NF-F12 PWM
|Size||120mm x 120mm x 25mm
|Connector|| 4 Pin PWM
| Blade Technology
| Frame Geometry
| *Rotational Speed (RPM)
|| 1500 RPM @ 12v
| *Rotational Speed with **L.N.A.
|| 1200 RPM @ 9v
| Min. Rotational Speed (PWM Mode)
|| 300 RPM
| *Airflow with **L.N.A.
| *Acoustical Noise
|*Acoustical Noise with **L.N.A.
|*Static Pressure with **L.N.A.
|Max. Input Power
|Max. Input Current
|Mean Time Before Failure
||> 150,000 Hours
*All Values are given as a ±10% Figure
**L.N.A. stands for "Low Noise Adapter" which is a resistor cable designed to reduce voltage to the fan by 3v.
***Values converted from Noctua's measurements in m³/h to CFM.
Overall, you're looking at a fairly impressive fan, to say the least. Noctua has gone out of their way to beat the 2:1 Airflow to Noise ratio that's most common on 120mm fans, as well as have a fairly astute pressure rating with this fan as well. By all respects, this is definitely looking to be a performance part from Noctua's factories.
Page 1 - Introduction - The NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan & Specifications
Page 2 - Focus Flow - A Technological Step Forward For Noctua
Page 3 - Noctua Technology - What it All Means
Page 4 - The Noctua NF-F12 PWM
Page 5 - A Detailed Look at the NF-F12 PWM
Page 6 - Testing - Voltage Based
Page 7 - PWM Fan Testing
Page 8 - Final Thoughts & Conclusion