Noctua Focus Flow 120mm NF-F12 PWM Fan Review


Introduction – The NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan & Specifications

Noctua Focus Flow 120mm Fan & Bundle

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

Model Number NF-F12 PWM
Size 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Connector 4 Pin PWM
Blade Technology
Frame Geometry Focus Flow
*Rotational Speed (RPM) 1500 RPM @ 12v
*Rotational Speed with **L.N.A. 1200 RPM @ 9v
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM Mode) 300 RPM
*Airflow ***54.97 CFM
*Airflow with **L.N.A. ***43.73 CFM
*Acoustical Noise 22.4dB(A)
*Acoustical Noise with **L.N.A. 18.6dB(A)
*Static Pressure 2.61mmH20
*Static Pressure with **L.N.A. 1.83mmH20
Max. Input Power 0.6w
Max. Input Current 0.05A
Mean Time Before Failure > 150,000 Hours
Warranty 6 Years

*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 m/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.

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