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NF-P12 PWM 12V 1300RPM 120mm Vortex-Control Quiet Case Fan CA$24.74
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Noctua NF-P12 PWM 12V 1300RPM 120mm Vortex-Control Quiet Case Fan

The new NF-P12 PWM fan from Noctua takes the very popular NF-P12 fan and adds PWM functionality to allow automatic fan speed adjustment.

Features

  1. Proven NF-P12 Design
  2. Pressure-optimised Nine-Blade Design
  3. Vortex-Control Notches
  4. Custom designed PWM IC with SCD
  5. Low-Noise Adaptor

Specifically conceived for pressure demanding applications such as CPU cooling, the classic NF-P12 120mm fan helped to found Noctua’s reputation as a top-tier manufacturer of premium quality quiet cooling components and still impresses users with its exquisite quietness and superb performance. The new PWM version features Noctua’s novel, custom designed PWM IC for fully automatic control and ultra-low power consumption. Equipped with Noctua’s signature SSO bearing and topped off with a 6 years manufacturers warranty, the NF-P12 PWM is a proven premium choice for the highest demands.

Proven NF-P12 Design

Tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts swear by Noctua’s classic NF-P12. Its impressive quietness, excellent performance and impeccable, time-tested quality made the P12 a default choice for 120mm quiet cooling.

Pressure-optimised Nine-Blade Design

Specifically developed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers, water-cooling radiators or cases with tight fan grills, the NF-P12 PWM provides outstanding pressure and airflow performance.

Vortex-Control Notches

Noctua’s signature Vortex-Control Notches split up trailing edge vortices and thus spread the fan’s noise emission over a wider range of frequencies. This measure makes the NF-P12 PWM sound more pleasant to the human ear.

Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the fan uses Noctua’s 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 low speeds.

Stops at 0% PWM

When the fan is set to 0% PWM duty cycle by the motherboard or PWM fan controller, it will stop. This makes it ideal for creating setups with semi-passive cooling that automatically turn the fans off and thus run completely silent at idle if thermals allow.

Ultra-Low Power Consumption

The NF-P12 PWM draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many other PWM fans. 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-P12 after 5 years of continuous use.

Low-Noise Adaptor

The NF-P12 PWM is supplied with a (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 1300 to 900rpm. The L.N.A. can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 900rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic PWM control.

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 the connection of a second NF-P12 fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.

SSO-Bearing

Combining the proven concept of hydrodynamic bearing with an additional magnet that supports the self-stabilisation of the rotor axis, Noctua’s time-tested technology has become synonymous with supremely quiet operation and exceptional long-term stability.

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the NF-P12 PWM features an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.

For more information on the technical background of the fan please visit Noctua’s website here.


SpecificationsNF-P12 PWM
Size120x120x25 mm
Connector4-pin PWM
BearingSSO
Blade GeometryPressure-optimised Nine Blade Design with Vortex-Control Notches
Rotational Speed (±10%)1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (±10%)900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM)300 RPM
Airflow54.3 CFM
Airflow with L.N.A.37.3 CFM
Acoustical Noise19.8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.12.6 dB(A)
Static Pressure1.68 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.1.21 mm H2O
Max. Input Power0.6 W
Max. Input Current0.05 A
Voltage12 V
MTBF> 150.000 h
Warranty72 months
EAN barcode4716123314745
SpecificationsNF-P12 PWM
Size120x120x25 mm
Connector4-pin PWM
BearingSSO
Blade GeometryPressure-optimised Nine Blade Design with Vortex-Control Notches
Rotational Speed (±10%)1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (±10%)900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM)300 RPM
Airflow54.3 CFM
Airflow with L.N.A.37.3 CFM
Acoustical Noise19.8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.12.6 dB(A)
Static Pressure1.68 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.1.21 mm H2O
Max. Input Power0.6 W
Max. Input Current0.05 A
Voltage12 V
MTBF> 150.000 h
Warranty72 months
EAN barcode4716123314745

Customer Reviews

What an improvement

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I used a pair of these to replace the Corsair fans supplied with the H80i water cooler. The difference is AMAZING. Even with my AMD FX8350 running above 90% on all cores the fans are quiet and I’ve been able to turn down the 20cm intake and exhaust fans to minimum as well so mechanical noise is virtually eliminated leaving just the unavoidable sounds of the air movement.

Also gone is the frantic whine at startup until the BIOS susses out what is happening. I actually had to check visually that the fans were spinning. The fans come very neatly packaged and with a bunch of accessories that should answer most requirements. These were my first Noctua fans and after trying these, frankly, why buy any other make? The only reason I can think of is if one wanted a very slim fan. Maybe Noctua will address that next...

Very satisfied, I thoroughly recommend these.

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FAQ

  • How do I measure fan size?

    The size of fan you need will generally be determined by the size of the fan fitting position in your PC case. The sizes of all the fans on our website are shown as measured along any one of the fan’s four sides, NOT the distance between the fan’s screw holes! Our most popular fan size is 120mm, followed by 80mm. This isn’t really dictated by customer preference, but more by recent designs of PC cases.

    As for the thickness (depth) of the fan, generally 25mm (1 inch) is by far the most common depth, although smaller fans can have shallower depths such as 15mm or even 10mm. All our fans are 25mm thick unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions about which fan you should order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    If you know the distance between the fan mounting screw holes but don’t know what fan size to order, please see the following table. Note that the mounting hole measurements shown below are taken horizontally or vertically between the holes and not diagonally.

    Screw hole spacings and fan sizes

    32mm between screw holes:40mm fan size
    40mm between screw holes:50mm fan size
    50mm between screw holes:60mm fan size
    60mm between screw holes:70mm fan size
    72mm between screw holes:80mm fan size
    83mm between screw holes:92mm fan size
    105mm between screw holes:120mm fan size


  • I received a small cable (resistor) with my fan; what is it for?

    The resistor cable (also called Ultra Low Noise or ULN cable) is designed to allow the fan to run slightly slower for even quieter operation. The benefit in lower running noise is significant. Although the airflow will be reduced slightly, this usually has minimal effect on PC temperature. We would generally recommend using the ULN resistor cable for best results in almost all circumstances.

  • How can I tell which way the air blows through the fan?

    Hold the fan so that the round fan sticker is facing you. You are looking at the rear of the fan. When you plug the fan in, the air will be blowing towards you. If you want a fan to act as an air intake, then the fan sticker will be facing the inside of the case. Some fans also have two small arrows moulded into their plastic housing - one arrow shows the direction of airflow, and the other (at 90°) shows the direction of blade rotation.

  • Is it possible to use a 4-pin PWM fan or CPU cooler with a motherboard which has only 3-pin fan headers on it?

    Electrically, there is no problem doing this - the fourth pin on the fan cable is used purely for PWM control and is not needed in order for the fan to run. So you can plug the 4-pin fan connector onto the 3-pin motherboard fan header, leaving the fourth pin not connected to anything. The fan will potentially run at full speed, so if you would like to reduce the speed of the fan you will need to adjust the fan speed setting in your BIOS or use fan control software such as SpeedFan in Windows.

    The only other problem to consider is that occasionally, components immediately adjacent to the motherboard fan header can get in the way of the larger 4-pin fan connector, physically preventing connection. This problem also occurs if you try to use an in-line fan speed controller such as the one made by Gelid.

    Another avenue to explore is the possibility of using a bay-mounted fan controller. Several models are available now which provide 4-pin fan headers, so this is an easy way to use 4-pin PWM fans in a PC system which has only 3-pin fan headers on its motherboards. When using this method, you may find it necessary to disable any fan warning settings in your motherboard BIOS, since the motherboard may incorrectly believe that its CPU fan has failed when the fan is connected to a fan controller rather than directly to the motherboard itself.

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