Noctua Focus Flow 120mm NF-F12 PWM Fan Review

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Testing – Voltage Based

Testing Methodology

Legit Reviews Testing Equipment

Today we’ll be testing 4 Aspects of these fans:

  • Sound Pressure Level (recorded in dBA)
  • Airflow (recorded in CFM)
  • Static Pressure (recorded in mmH20)
  • Heat Tolerance (testing done at 30*C)

The Testing Equipment that I will be using was purchased by me and it includes:

  • Dwyer Differential Pressure Gauge Model 2000-00 AV
  • General Tools DCFM8906 Digital Air Flow Meter
  • Tenma Digital Sound Level Meter
  • Kintrex IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer
  • Universal Enterprises DM383B Digital Multimeter

Airflow Testing

To start off, we have our Airflow testing, as normal things look pretty good. With the introduction from demand, I have decided that I will try to push fans to their lowest starting voltage and see what kind of airflow I can get off of the fan.

Fairly standard for a high end DC Axial fan, the starting voltage for this guy was just below 4v, so I started it off and progressed all the way from 4v to 12v.

Nothing too special to say here, though; 55 CFM @ 1500 RPM is fairly standard.

Static Pressure Testing

The 4v value here is extrapolated in this part due to the low reading. On the other hand, for a 1500 RPM / 55 CFM fan, the static pressure is considerably higher than previous Noctua offerings, and good for most fans in this category.

Sound Pressure Testing

Here is Noctua’s bread & butter put to the test; the sound pressure results from this fan were on the high side of downright impressive.

On the subjective side of things, I can’t say if I’m all that impressed with this fan though, for all of Noctua’s bolstering about sound optimization I always felt that I was hearing the fan and that it never really did slip into the background. 

Moving on, we’ll be testing this fan in its PWM mode as well. While I do expect the results to line up for the most part, the numbers will be lower at the end of the graph due to 300RPM being lower than 4v.

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