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The NF-P12 has been specifically developed for applications such as CPU coolers that demand superior pressure and airflow performance. Thanks to psychoacoustic optimizations like the Vortex-Control Notches, the new SCD drive system and Noctua's premium-grade SSO-Bearing, the NF-P12 achieves exceptional quietness and long-term stability.

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Pressure-optimized Nine-Blade Design

Pressure-optimized 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 provides superior pressure and airflow performance.
Vortex-Control Notches

Vortex-Control Notches

Psychoacoustic optimizations like the staggered make the NF-P12 surprisingly quiet.
Smooth Commutation Drive

Smooth Commutation Drive

The NF-P12's new drive system reduces torque variations and thereby ensures improved running smoothness.
Self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing

Self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing

Noctua's well proven SSO-Bearing technology guarantees supremely quiet operation and exceptional long-term stability.
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FAN Specification
Size
120x120x25 mm
Mounting hole spacing
105x105 mm
Connector
3-Pin
Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1100 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 RPM
Acoustical Noise
19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
16,9 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.
12,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure
1,68 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
1,43 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A.
1,21 mm H₂O
MTTF
> 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
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18.01.2012 // Canard PC Hardware 01/2012
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NF-P12 Review

Nous avons passé en revue les 20 modeles les plus courants, achetes en boutique et sur 5 sites Internet Vu la frequence de rotation plus Faible de ces modeles, nous avons choisi des tensions de 12/ 10/7 volts au lieu de 12/7/5 volts comme sur les 80 mm. Comme nous allons le voir, les ecarts sont nettement plus importants...
Test verdict: "[L]es ventilateurs de 120 mm justifient souvent le prix plus eleve demande par les fabricants haut de gamme. [...] Pour ceux qui veulent le silence quoi qu'il arrive, le Noctua NF-P12 (18 euros) remplit parfaitement son role, tout en maintenant une bonne efficacite." (Samuel Demeulemeester, Canard PC Hardware 01/2012)
13.11.2011 // Freeocen.de
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Noctua NF-P12 Bot die mit beste Leistung im Test, knapp vor seinem Markengefährten S12B und dem Cougar, aber hinter den drehzahlstärkeren Aerocool und Silverstone. Alle drei waren trotz deutlich geringerer Drehzahl aber minimal besser als der Enermax PWM. Nahezu unhörbar, frei von Nebengeräuschen, selbst der Luftumschlag auf dem Megahalems war kaum wahrnehmbar.
Test verdict: "Ein bewährter Spitzenlüfter, zu dem man auch auf Grund der Flexibilität über die beiliegenden Adapter weiterhin unbedenklich greifen kann. " (Michael Keilholz, Freeocen.de)
10.09.2011 // Shay-Tech.co.uk
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The Noctua NF-P12 comes with plenty of accessories for installation/setup and if you watched the video without skipping, in the tests it was fantastic and absolutely silent on both of the lower speed settings (using both low noise adaptors), even when they are running at full speed you’d expect the noise level to rise but the noise level was not very high compared to other various fans I have used. I used five of the Noctua NF-P12 in the BitFenix Shinobi Window chassis and they noise level is just pleasant to my ears, silent indeed.
Test verdict: "For those who are into gaming and have high end components then the Noctua NF-P12 are perfect for giving the best airflow and keeping your pc cool and silent! I would highly recommend the Noctua NF-P12, top notch 120mm fan." (Shay Miah, Shay-Tech.co.uk)
29.07.2011 // ProfesionalReview.com
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En los test con el Kit Corsair H60 hemos visto que tiene un comportamiento similar al Nidec de 1450 RPM, dando la talla perfectamente. Quizás su estética no sea muy llamativa pero ofrece un excelente rendimiento en todos los campos (silencio, ofimática, overclock...) En resumidas cuentas el Noctua NF-P12 sigue siendo una gran opción en el mercado
Test verdict: "Aunque el NF-P12 lleve casi cuatro años en el mercado, sigue siendo uno de los mejores ventiladores respecto RPM / Caudal de aire / Sonoridad." (Miguel Ángel Navas, ProfesionalReview.com)
14.11.2010 // Anssi.fi
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Kuten alla olevasta kuvasta näkyy, Noctua oli testissä parempi 2 celsiusasteen erolla. Lämpötilat mitattiin CoreTemp ohjelmalla.
Test verdict: "Noin 17€ maksava Noctua NF P12 on yksi markkinoiden parhaista tuulettimista. Hiljainen mutta silti tehokas Noctua tarjoaa tehokkaan ilmankierron ja pitää koneen metelit matalana." (Henri Teppola , Anssi.fi)
20.09.2010 // Overclock.pl
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Dzie­wią­tym wen­ty­la­to­rem w na­szym ze­sta­wie­niu jest pro­dukt au­striac­kiej fir­my Noc­tua. Po wzię­ciu wen­ty­la­to­ra do re­ki od ra­zu się czu­je, że trzy­ma­my kon­struk­cję z nie­co wyż­szej pół­ki. Mo­del NF-P12 ma 9 "ostrzy". Każ­de z nich po­sia­da wy­cię­cia na koń­cu, ma­ją­ce za za­da­nie po­pra­wić prze­pływ po­wie­trza. Ło­pat­ki są w ciem­no-brą­zo­we. Ra­ma ma be­żo­wy od­cień. Ca­łość pre­zen­tu­je się bar­dzo es­te­tycz­nie i wi­dać dba­łość o naj­mniej­sze szcze­gó­ły pod­czas pro­duk­cji.
Test verdict: "Pa­trząc na wy­ni­ki wy­daj­no­ści te­sto­wa­nych wen­ty­la­to­rów na­le­ży po­twier­dzić do­brze zna­ną praw­dę - w pa­rze z ce­ną idzie ja­kość. Na cze­le staw­ki Noc­tua i to chy­ba nie jest żad­nym za­sko­cze­niem. Au­striac­ka fir­ma po­now­nie po­ka­za­ła, że jest wio­dą­cą mar­ką w dzie­dzi­nie chło­dze­nia." (Dawid Samołyk, Overclock.pl)
11.06.2010 // DVTests.com
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Да си призная този модел доста ме затрудни с измерването. Резултатите варират много, което ме наведе на мисълта, че при него характеристиката въздушен поток е на второ място. Странно, но факт! Моделът е реализиран за сериозно статично налягане при ниски обороти на въртене от което следва и ниско ниво на шума. Практически дори на максимални обороти, модела остана тих.
Test verdict: "Според мен, този продукт е перфектния вариант за охлаждане на процесорен охладител при ниски обороти с добро статично налягане." (Dobrin Krastev aka Dk_vr, DVTests.com)
10.06.2010 // PakGamers.com
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Even with lower RPM and amount of airflow, Noctua NF-P12 fans managed to show lower temperatures as compared to Thermalright TH-FDB-12-1600 fan. Even when Thermalright fans produce higher airflow, it only because of higher static pressure of Noctua fans thanks to Vortex Control Notches.
Test verdict: "Once again, Noctua lived up to my expectations. Without any hesitation, I can say that these are the fans with best noise to airflow ratio in market. They are capable of providing best cooling without producing loud noise. U.L.N.A and L.N.A adapters further lowered the noise level without sacrificing much on airflow side." (Afaq Shahid, PakGamers.com)
16.05.2010 // OCLab.pl
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Noctua NF-P12 oczywiście zaskakuje kolorem. Brąz niekoniecznie pasuje do komputerów, ale z pewnością znajdzie swoich zwolenników. Na duży plus należy zaliczyć dodatkowe wyposażenie wentylatora – specjalne przejściówki bardzo przydadzą się osobom, którym nie zależy na maksymalnej sile wentylatora. Reszta dodatków jest dość standardowa, ale ważne, że są. Świetnie wykonany jest również oplot – gęsty, gruby, w dobry sposób zasłania kolorowe przewody. Ocena głośności nie jest tak optymistyczna jak innych cech.
Test verdict: "[Z]arówno przed i po OC, na dowolnej prędkości obrotowej, produkt Noctua plasuje się bardzo wysoko i zapewnia świetne wyniki chłodzenia. Dlatego wyrazy uznania, gdyż najwyraźniej użycie 9 łopatek sprawia, że wentylatory te mogą osiągać dobre wyniki w chłodzeniu komponentów." (Bartosz Figura, OCLab.pl)
23.04.2010 // Hardware-Academy.org
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Lautstärke: Hier kann dieser Premium-Quirl durchaus überzeugen und bleibt im Vergleich zu anderen Testkandidaten etwas unauffälliger. 20 db(A) sind sehr gut! Bei gesenkter Spannung auf 7V bzw. 5V sinkt die Geräuschemission auf 15 bzw. 13 db(A). Subjektiv wirkt das Laufgeräusch aber etwas leiser, was sicher nicht zuletzt durch die eingesetzte Technologie an den Rotorblättern kommt.
Test verdict: "Noctua liefert einen sehr gut ausgestatteten Premium-Lüfter mit guten Leistungswerten." (Peter-Paul Binnewerg, Hardware-Academy.org)

Information Sheet (PDF)

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

The Low-Noise-Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter (U.L.N.A.) reduce the speed of the fan to 1100 / 900 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

Can I use Noctua fans on my fan controller?

Our fans are compatible with the vast majority of fan controllers on the market. However, there is a compatibility issue with a few models such as the Zalman ZM-MFC2 and Bitfenix Recon, which apply Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) on the 12V line and use an unfavourable PWM carrier frequency. This can create an oscillation when used with certain fans, which will result in the fan speeding up and down. We therefore recommend not using the Zalman ZM-MFC2 or Bitfenix Recon with our fans.

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

If you've connected the fan directly (or using the supplied Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors) to your mainboard, it's possible that the mainboard's automatic fan controller doesn't provide the required starting voltage due to the low CPU temperature. Please verify whether the fan starts spinning at higher CPU temperatures, remove any Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors, deactivate your mainboard's automatic fan controller in the BIOS or connect the fan directly to the power supply using the supplied 3:4-pin adaptor.

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

You can simply connect our fan's 3-pin connector to the 4-pin PWM sockets of today's mainboards so that the fourth pin that transmits the PWM signal is left blank (due to the shape of the connector, there's no danger of reversing polarity). Some mainboards (e.g. current Gigabyte models) are capable of controlling fans not only via PWM, but also by adjusting the supplied voltage. In some cases, this may require you to change BIOS options like "Fan Control Mode" from "PWM" to "Voltage" or "Analog". Please consult your mainboard's manual in this regard. However, some mainboards use an "auto" setting by default that automatically chooses PWM or voltage based regulation according to the connected fan. Automatically controlling the fan speed may not possible on mainboards that pulse the power rather than lowering the fan voltage.

PWM PWM

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

Unfortunately, many Gigabyte mainboards use a special control circuit that can lead to start-up problems in conjunction with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA). This control circuit remains active even when automatic fan control is disabled in the BIOS. In these cases, please use the fan without the ULNA or connect it directly to the power supply (or an external fan controller) in order to ensure reliable operation with the ULNA.

How can I check if my 4-pin fan header supports PWM?

Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). As the fan speed at minimum voltage is usually higher than the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle, the fan can not reach as low minimum speeds under voltage control as under PWM control. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

4 pin fan header types

Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.


If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

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