The classic NF-R8 is a long-standing favourite among enthusiast users around the world and helped to found Noctua’s reputation as a top-tier manufacturer of premium quality quiet cooling components. The new redux edition reissues this award-winning model in a streamlined, accessibly priced package that has been reduced to the essential core: the NF-R8 premium fan. Its industry grade SSO-Bearing bearing, over 150.000 hours MTBF rating and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty make the NF-R8 redux a proven premium choice that provides trusted Noctua quality at an attractive price point. The extra slow 1200rpm version is ideal for ultra-low-noise applications and highly noise sensitive users who demand near-silent operation.

Proven NF-R8 design

Proven NF-R8 design

Tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe swear by Noctua's classic NF-R8. Thanks to its impressive quietness, excellent performance and impeccable quality, the NF-R8 has become an established reference for quiet 80mm fans.
Streamlined redux edition

Streamlined redux edition

The redux product line reissues some of Noctua's most popular, award-winning models by presenting them in streamlined, accessibly priced packages. All redux edition products are industry proven, time-tested models that helped to found Noctua's reputation as a first-tier supplier of premium grade low noise cooling equipment.
Smooth Commutation Drive 2

Smooth Commutation Drive 2

The latest version of Noctua's advanced Smooth Commutation Drive system ensures superb running smoothness by eliminating torque variations and switching noises. This makes the fan remarkably quiet even at very close distances.


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

Optional accessories

Users can choose from Noctua's wide range of optional accessories such as anti-vibration mounts, Low-Noise-Adaptors, y-cables, 3:4 pin adaptors or extension cables to upgrade redux edition fans according to their individual needs.
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the redux edition models feature an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and come with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
NF-R8 redux-1200
FAN Specification
80x80x25 mm
Mounting hole spacing
71,5x71,5 mm
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 RPM
Acoustical Noise
9,1 dB(A)
Static Pressure
0,67 mm H₂O
Max. Input Power
0,42 W
Max. Input Current
0,035 A
12 V
> 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
  • Fan
  • 4 Fan Screws
6 years
NF-R8 redux-1200
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
09.12.2014 // Modders-Inc.com

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

The redux fan series is Noctua’s answer to system builders who have been demanding options of a more affordable and alternately colored fan. Packaging has been streamlined compared to the regular retail version but the build quality is still excellent and top notch despite the lower price. Most users can live without the extra accessories as most fans available in the market come just as bare anyway. The color choice is excellent with contrasting two-tone grays that still look unmistakably Noctua while fitting in and standing out at the same time inside a system.
Test verdict: "Overall, Noctua’s redux fans easily stand-out from the rest of the market because of their high build quality and new sexy gray color scheme. Utilizing proven Noctua technology offered at a lower price point with the same long warranty as the current Noctua retail crop, the redux series is a must-have for those looking for silent cooling solutions." (Ron Perillo, Modders-Inc.com)
11.11.2014 // FunkyKit.com

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

So if the coffee and cream color of Noctua's fans were the only thing holding you back from enjoying the highest quality in cooling components for your computer, well jump up for joy cause the new colors offered by Noctua are awesome. With the added benefit of style, no quality was sacrificed and these line of fans performed well and a few of them at max RPM could barely be heard over the ambient noise. The braided cables are nice touch also. The fans carry a 6-year warranty offered by Noctua. These fans perform exceptionally well and look good while doing so. These fans move massive amounts of air and achieve very reasonable dB levels at maximum RPM.
Test verdict: "The new colors offered by Noctua are fantastic. The Redux models are premium quality, quiet and priced competitively. The industrialPPC models are heavy duty models that will meet the demands of the most extreme conditions." (Chris McCart, FunkyKit.com)
16.10.2014 // OverclockersClub.com

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

The first, the redux line, is taking its naming very literally. The redux line is reaching to the back of the top shelf, dusting off all of the oldies but goldies, and re-releasing them as a baseline product to catch the attention of the more economically inclined. However, there is one twist. A brand new, and long overdue, color scheme update. The new redux models are all coming in a light/dark contrast gray, paying homage to the original light/dark contrast brown that was their roots. Now, I know what you're thinking, "why older, out of date fans?". My answer is simple: Though the models are older, they are also what put Noctua where they are today and should not be underestimated. [...] The grand finale is the industrialPPC series. There are not likely fans at the 140mm size that can match these thermal killing speed demons. They are an overclocker's dream. Throw a couple of these at a water cooler and heat dissipation will never be better. At nearly 50 Celsius I had nothing but head room for additional overclocking.
Test verdict: "All of these fans are great, even if it is their second unveiling. I think that with the release of the industrialPPC and the redux, Noctua has every base covered. Easy to please base users who don't have much need for insane power or quiet, sound enthusiasts who need to work with little to no sound, and those who have a need for speed to keep their CPUs from frying during heavy overclocking." (Allen Woo, OverclockersClub.com)
19.07.2014 // Vortez.net

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Noctua has knocked down the prices of their classic fans, changed their colors, and moved from a full course meal to an a la carte menu for their accessories. The price reduction should open up a new part of the market, the new colors will stop turning off purchasers who hate the old colors, and having the accessories available separately will allow people to buy what they need. These are good fans. That NF-S12B is a surprisingly good fan. It was right up with the NF-P12 in pushing through the radiator. It helps that these fans are now not only price-competitive with comparable fans, they beat most of them with their reasonable prices. And let us not forget: all of the packaging is easy on the environment. It is all completely recyclable. If you have bought a heatsink from Noctua, you know it is a tradition for them. Now we see it in their fans. Good job! The biggest pent-up demand is probably in the NF-P14s redux. The NF-P14s redux is just what many users have been asking for: a square-framed 140mm Noctua fan that can really blow through a case, do it quietly, and look great so you can show it off.
Test verdict: "A new styling theme, excellent performance and a refined accessories kit allows the Noctua redux series to pick up our prestigious gold award." (Ed Hume, Vortez.net)
12.03.2014 // PureOverclock.com

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Ultimately, Noctua makes a great fan, but they fit best with people who have the higher budgets for them. [...] I never see the level of quality in manufacturing from other brands that Noctua puts in their product and they match that with a massive 6 year warranty. Because of this, we happily award all fans in this round up with the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award!
Test verdict: " These are great quality fans for those who prefer elegance over flashy appearance and don't mind spending a premium for them." (Josh Jackson, PureOverclock.com)
15.04.2017 // Building a Gaming PC

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Each of the fans comes with mounting screws and is extremely simple to install. I installed each Redux fan in my test system then put them through their paces running the Witcher 3 at maximum settings on a GTX 1080Ti at 4K. The fans each remained whisper quiet even under full load, which is great news for hardcore gamers. But if you’re more of a casual gamer, and mainly use your PC for work or surfing the internet, you’ll barely notice these fans are on. This makes them a perfect choice for mini-ITX builds or a rig you’ve designed to sit under your TV in the living room.
Test verdict: "If you’re building a gaming PC, first make sure you don’t overlook cooling, second make sure you consider Noctua’s excellent line up. Recommended." (Chris Sealey, Building a Gaming PC)
12.04.2017 // Glob3trotters.com

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

The attention to details is present everywhere and even though Noctua had to cut corners, they didn’t go overboard and kept what you would like to see like the fully braided cables and top-notch packaging that defiantly makes you feel like you are getting a high quality product at a good price.
Test verdict: "So, this Redux series is addressed to those on a budget, Noctua focusing on exactly what you need – a really good fan. So you will still get the SS0 bearing, very good performance and 6 years warranty with over 150k hours of MTBF. " (Alex Nistor, Glob3trotters.com)
03.03.2017 // TechHardware.it

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Noctua ancora una volta si è dimostrata all’altezza delle aspettative, è riuscita a commercializzare ventole dall’alto rapporto qualità/prezzo pur mantenendo costi contenuti. Eccellente come sempre la qualità costruttiva, si rivela versatile per diversi utilizzi mantenendo costi interessanti. Molto buono il packaging, sempre molto curato, sufficiente il bundle, c’è lo stretto indispensabile.
Test verdict: "Eccellente come sempre la qualità costruttiva, si rivela versatile per diversi utilizzi mantenendo costi contenuti. " (Tommaso Biallo, TechHardware.it)
03.03.2017 // PcGaming.games

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Una vez montados y en funcionamiento los ventiladores en el PC, lo primero que nos percatamos es el poco ruido que genera. En general, todos los modelos de la serie Redux son muy silenciosos e incluso estando al 100% son difíciles escuchar. Los más silenciosos de toda la gama son los ventiladores pequeños, qué puede ser a causa de tener las aspas más pequeñas.
Test verdict: "En esta valoración, hemos tenido en cuenta tanto las características técnicas, rendimiento y precio para valorar este producto. Los ventiladores tienen un precio muy bajo, pero sus características técnicas y el rendimiento son espectaculares." (Carlos Carraveo, PcGaming.games)
30.01.2017 // PC nadšenci

NF-R8 redux-1200 Review

Spoločnosť Noctua je v oblasti chladenia počítačov silné meno. Rakúska spoločnosť sa preslávila výbornými chladičmi procesorov a kvalitnými ventilátormi. Za kvalitu sa však platí, preto bývajú produkty Noctua často mimo záujmu bežného zákazníka, hráča. To sa však výrobca snaží zmeniť produktovou líniou Redux.
Test verdict: "Ventilátory Noctua z radu Redux si od nás odnášajú strieborné ocenenie za kvalitné spracovanie, 6 ročnú záruku, prijateľnú cenu a vysoký výkon." (Tomáš Brestovanský, PC nadšenci)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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.


I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Some mainboards display a CPU fan error when the fan speed falls below a certain threshold, e.g. 900rpm. If you want to run the fan below this speed (e.g. using the supplied U.L.N.A.), please adjust the threshold in the BIOS or disable CPU fan error warning.

Can I disassemble my fan for cleaning (or other purposes, e.g. painting)?

In order to ensure flawless operation over many years of usage, all Noctua fans come with a premium grade SSO bearing, which is fully sealed to prevent the entering of fine dust particles. Please note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty.

It is thus recommended to clean your fans using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please don’t use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan.

Can I paint my Noctua fan in order to change its color?

Since even small variations in the layer of paint can lead to an imbalance of the impeller, resulting in vibrations, higher noise levels, increased stress on the bearing and thus reduced lifespan, we do not recommend painting the fan. Please note that for the reasons stated above, painting the fan will void your warranty.

What pin configuration do Noctua 12V fans use?

All Noctua fans feature the standard pin-configurations set out in the Intel and AMD specifications. These standard pin-configurations are used on most mainboards and fan controllers today:

pin configuration

How can I find out the direction of airflow and sense of rotation?

When looking at the fan so that the circular sticker with the Noctua logo is facing you, the direction of airflow is towards you and the sense of rotation is clockwise:


How should I clean my Noctua fan?

Fans inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fans regularly using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits.
In order to ensure flawless operation over many years of usage, Noctua’s premium grade SSO bearings are fully sealed to prevent the entering of fine dust particles. Please note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty.

My Noctua 3-pin fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

Many mainboards are able to automatically regulate the fan speed of 3-pin fan via voltage based measures. However, due to limitations of this method it may occur that the mainboard reduces the voltage so much that the fan stops. To resolve the issue, you can:

  1. Choose a higher fan speed profile in the BIOS (e.g. „normal“ instead of „silent“, etc.) or deactivate automatic fan speed control and use a Low-Noise Adaptor instead.
  2. Use the mainboard‘s fan speed control software or 3rd party tools like Speedfan to regulate the fan speed. Unlike BIOS based fan speed control, the supplied software usually checks whether the fan has stopped and increases voltage accordingly or at least offer more options to set up the fan properly.

Can I use Low-Noise Adaptors with y-cables / multiple fans?

Yes, Low-Noise Adaptors (L.N.A.s) can be used with y-cables, but please make sure to use one L.N.A. per fan and to place the L.N.A.s between the y-cable and the fans as shown below. Never use one L.N.A. for two (or more fans) by placing it between the mainboard and the y-cable!


Can Noctua fans be used to replace noisy stock fans in NAS devices?

Noctua fans such as the 40, 60, 80 or 92mm NF-A series models are ideal for replacing noisy stock fans in NAS devices in order to make them quieter and thousands of users have managed to significantly reduce the noise levels of their NAS units this way. However, while it is easy and straightforward to replace the fans in some cases, it can be very difficult in others, so Noctua strongly recommends that users carefully research if it is possible to easily replace the fan(s) of their NAS device before purchasing a Noctua fan for this purpose. Some of the common issues that can occur when replacing NAS fans are:

  • Different pin assignment: Whereas Noctua fans use the standardised pin assignment for PC fans (see this FAQ for details), some NAS units use different assignments. For example, some devices have the power and GND or rpm and PWM pins swapped. Therefore please carefully verify that your NAS device uses the same pin assignment as standard fans. Experienced users may also change the pin assignment by cutting and resoldering the fan cables, but please note that this will void your Noctua manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Different pin functions: Noctua fans use the standardised pin functions for PC fans (see this FAQ for details); however, some NAS units use fans where certain pins serve a different function. For example, some devices use the RPM pin for “power good” signals. Therefore please carefully verify that your NAS device uses the same pin functions.
  • Firmware speed control: Some NAS devices demand a certain maximum or minimum fan speed. If the new fan doesn’t have the same or similar maximum or minimum speed, the device may display errors or even shut down.
  • Different starting voltage: Most NAS devices use voltage-based speed control. If the new fan has a higher starting voltage than the original fan, it may not start up right away. This may lead the NAS device to display errors or even shut down because it suspects a fan failure.
  • Different power draw: Some NAS devices monitor the fan’s power draw. If the new fan has a lower power consumption than the stock fan, the device might display errors or even shut down.

Please note that most NAS manufacturers don’t provide detailed documentation regarding fan compatibility and control, so users who want to replace the fans of their devices usually have to rely on “How to” guides, blog and forum posts or video tutorials. For example, there are excellent video tutorials available for changing the fans in popular Synology NAS models (DS416j, DS1515+ and DS1812+ in English, DS416/DS415/DS916/DS216/DS214 and DS1515+ in German). Please also note that fan compatibility and control can vary from model to model and even from revision to revision even if the devices stem from the same manufacturer. As a result, it is important to make sure that the information or guidelines you rely on when replacing your NAS fan are applicable to your specific model as well as your specific hardware and firmware revision.

Due to the possible issues listed above, Noctua recommends that only experienced users attempt to replace their NAS fans. Please note that since there are so many different NAS models and most of them lack documentation for aspects such as fan compatibility and control, Noctua customer support cannot assist you with compatibility issues when replacing NAS fans. Please contact your NAS manufacturer for any questions regarding aspects such as the device’s pin alignment or fan monitoring and control.

Can I use Noctua fans in my system from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands?

Noctua 12V fans comply with the established specifications for standard PC systems issued by Intel and AMD. Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often deviate from these specifications e.g. by using proprietary fan headers, custom pin-alignments or pin-configurations, different methods of fan speed control, etc. This can lead to compatibility issues when using Noctua fans in systems from said brands. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues (e.g. errors or shutdowns due to low fan speed) can often not be resolved. As a result, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

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