Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan
Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade
impeller, the NF-F12’s Focused Flow™ system creates outstanding static pressure
and focuses the airflow for superior performance on heatsinks and radiators. At
the same time, a wide range of advanced aerodynamic design measures, second
generation SSO-Bearings and Noctua’s new, custom designed PWM IC for fully
automatic control guarantee astounding quietness of operation. The NF-F12 comes
with modular cabling, integrated anti-vibration pads and two speed settings for
full flexibility. Its commanding performance, exhaustive set of features and
Noctua’s trusted premium quality make it an elite choice for use on air coolers,
radiators and other pressure demanding applications.
Focused Flow™ Frame
Designed for pressure demanding applications such as heatsinks and radiators,
the Focused Flow™ frame features eleven stator guide vanes that straighten,
channel and focus the airflow, which allows the NF-F12 to rival the performance
of conventional fans running at much faster speeds.
Varying Angular Distance and Vortex Control Notches
The NF-F12’s stator guide vanes are set out in Varying Angular Distance and
feature Vortex-Control Notches. Both measures help to spread the noise emission
over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern more
agreeable to the human ear.
Custom designed for the new Focused Flow™ frame and to work in tandem with the
eleven stator guide vanes, the NF-F12’s seven blade Heptaperf™ impeller has been
carefully optimised to achieve a perfect balance between power and quietness.
Stepped Inlet Design
Noctua’s Stepped Inlet Design adds turbulence to the influx in order to
facilitate the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow, which reduces
tonal intake noise, improves flow attachment and increases suction capacity,
especially in space restricted environments.
Inner Surface Microstructures
With the tips of the fan blades ploughing through the boundary layer created by
the Inner Surface Microstructures, flow separation from the suction side of the
blades is significantly suppressed, which results in reduced blade passing noise
and improved airflow and pressure efficiency.
Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads
Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads made from extra-soft silicone minimize the
transmission of minute vibrations while maintaining full compatibility with all
standard mounting systems and fan clips used on heatsinks.
The NF-F12 is the first fan to feature the further optimized second generation
of Noctua’s renowned, time-tested SSO bearing. With SSO2, the rear magnet is
placed closer to the axis to provide even better stabilization, precision and
Metal bearing shell
In order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision,
minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability, the NF-F12 sports a CNC
milled bearing shell made entirely from brass.
Custom designed PWM IC with SCD
Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NF-F12 uses Noctua’s novel,
custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD)
technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching
noises and thus makes the fan quieter at lower speeds.
Ultra-Low Power Consumption
The NF-F12 draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the
same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the
electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about
half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.
The NF-F12 is supplied with a Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) that reduces the
maximum fan speed from 1500 to 1200rpm. The L.N.A can be used either to run the
fan at a fixed speed of 1200rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic
Extensive Cabling Options
The fan’s short 20cm primary cable minimises cable clutter in typical
applications while the supplied 30cm extension provides extended reach when
necessary. Both cables are fully sleeved and a 4-pin y-cable allows to connect a
second NF-F12 fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.
6 years manufacturer’s warranty
Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity.
Like all Noctua fans, the NF-F12 features an MTBF rating of more than 150.000
hours and comes with a full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty.
Videos from Manufacture site:
Size 120x120x25 mm
Connector 4-pin PWM
Blade Geometry Heptaperf™
Frame Technology Focused Flow™
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1500 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow 93,4 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 74,3 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 22,4 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 18,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure 2,61 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,83 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,6 W
Max. Input Current 0,05 A
Voltage 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Included in Box:
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
30cm Extension Cable
4 Fan Screws