Noctua NF-S12 FLX Fan Review

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Imported Air

Generally I’m a big fan of international products. My favorite band is from Finland, my favorite television personality is from Scotland, and my favorite actor is from England. It seems that things made in the USA these days don’t really last as long as they used to. Of course, if Toyota keeps things up the way they have been, no one will buy import again. But when it comes to air movement, Noctua has more than set the standard for why we should buy from overseas.

The Austria-based company has released their successor to the original S12 (read our review here), calling it the NF-S12B. Noctua is well known in the market today for their exceptionally quiet fans. I personally have one of their heatsinks and three of their case fans in my PC at this very moment, aside from the one I’ll be putting in there to test today. While I’m still not the biggest fan of the colors they choose to use, I’ll refrain from commenting too much on that aspect in this particular review.

Here’s a bit of info on the fan before I get started:

 

Succeeding the vastly successful NF-S12, the NF-S12B is a next generation quiet fan featuring Noctua’s advanced SCD2 technology as well as a highly optimised blade geometry with Bevelled Blade Tips that improves its award-winning predecessor’s airflow efficiency by up to 10%. Topped off with Noctua’s time-tested SSO-Bearing, 6 years warranty and versatile 1200/900/600 rpm speed settings, the NF-S12B FLX is a premium quality fan that offers full flexibility in quiet to ultra-quiet case cooling.

Size 120x120x25 mm
Bearing SSO-Bearing
Blade Geometry NF-S12B Blade Design with BBT
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 600 RPM
Airflow 100,6 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 75,8 m³/h
Airflow with U.L.N.A. 49,2 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 18,1 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 10,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A. 6,2* dB(A)
Static Pressure 1,31 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 0,76 mm H2O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A. 0,34 mm H2O
Input Power 1,2 W
Input Current 0,1 A
Voltage Range 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • 4 Vibration Compensators
  • 3:4-Pin Adaptor
  • 4 Fan Screws
Warranty 6 years

More technical information can be found here.

 

No matter how they decide to tint their supremely awesome fans, making a quiet fan with max airflow and giving it a warranty of six years if pretty damned sweet. Now that we got all that info crammed into our primate brains, lets get to testing this fan…
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