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Featuring advanced aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels and Noctua’s AAO frame, the NF-A12x15 is a highly optimised, premium quality quiet fan in size 120x15mm. Its 15mm slim design makes the NF-A12x15 ideal for space-restricted applications such as low-profile CPU coolers or HTPC cases. The FLX version provides 1850/1400/950rpm speed settings via the supplied Low-Noise Adaptors in order to allow full flexibility in fine-tuning the fan for maximum ventilation performance or near-silent operation. Its superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua’s trusted premium quality make it an elite choice for the highest demands.
Details
15mm slim design

15mm slim design

Having a thickness of only 15mm, the NF-A12x15 is much slimmer than standard 120x25mm fans. This makes it ideal for typical slim fan applications such as low-profile CPU coolers as well as for freeing up space by replacing standard 120x25mm fans on tower coolers, radiators or in PC cases.
Metal-reinforced motor hub

Metal-reinforced motor hub

With many larger-diameter slim fan designs, the shorter axis and bearing lead to a reduced running stability and lifespan. The NF-A12x15 uses a metal-reinforced motor hub, a measure typically found in high-speed industrial fans, in order to guarantee Noctua’s signature stability and longevity.
Flow Acceleration Channels

Flow Acceleration Channels

The NF-A12x15 impeller features suction side Flow Acceleration Channels. By speeding up the airflow at the crucial outer blade regions, this measure reduces suction side flow separation and thus leads to better efficiency and lower vortex noise.
AAO frame

AAO frame

Noctua's AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames feature integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua's proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which further refine the fan's performance/noise efficiency.
Stepped Inlet Design

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

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

Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads made from extra-soft silicone minimise the transmission of minute vibrations while maintaining full compatibility with all standard mounting systems and fan clips used on heatsinks.
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.
3 speed settings for full flexibility

3 speed settings for full flexibility

Providing 1850, 1400 and 950 rpm speed settings via the supplied Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise Adapters, the NF-A12x15 FLX (Flexibility) can be fine-tuned for superior airflow or maximum quietness.
Extensive cabling options

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 the supplied 3:4 pin adaptor allows the connection of the fan directly to the power supply.
SSO2 bearing

SSO2 bearing

The NF-A12x15 features the further optimised 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 stabilisation, precision and durability.
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 NF-A12x15 features an MTTF of more than 150.000 hours rating and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
NF-A12x15 FLX
FAN Specification
Size
120x120x15 mm
Mounting hole spacing
105x105 mm
Connector
3-Pin
Bearing
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1850 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
1400 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
950 RPM
Acoustical Noise
23,9 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
16,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.
10,2 dB(A)
Static Pressure
1,53 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
0,9 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A.
0,45 mm H₂O
Max. Input Power
1,56 W
Max. Input Current
0,13 A
Voltage
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
Scope of delivery
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (U.L.N.A.)
  • 3:4-pin power supply adaptor
  • 30cm extension cable
  • NA-AV3 anti-vibration mounts
  • Fan screws
Warranty
6 years
NF-A12x15 FLX
A-Series fans
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.
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21.09.2017 // TecnoGaming.com
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NF-A12x15 FLX Review

Estamos nuevamente en presencia de dos excelentes productos, con un nivel de fabricación elevadísimo, calidad de componentes y una gran variedad de adaptadores. Noctua ya ha demostrado una y otra vez que son expertos en soluciones de refrigeracion y las dos soluciones Slim de 120mm vuelven a probar su fórmula exitosa.
Test verdict: "Tanto si los quieres usar para un CPU Cooler como para tu nuevo gabinete, estas soluciones de 120mm slim muestran ser silenciosas y potentes a la vez, una combinación irresistible." (Alex Vojacek, TecnoGaming.com)
19.09.2017 // pcfoster.pl
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Wielu konkurentów nie daje wraz ze swoimi urządzeniami niezbędnych akcesoriów przez co jesteśmy narażeni na dodatkowe koszty. Tutaj ten problem nie występuje. Widać, że Noctua przez ponad 12 lat obecności na rynku wykonała wspaniałą pracę i udowodniła, że nawet najlepsze produkty można poprawić. Urządzenia z serii A wyróżniają się przede wszystkimi nowymi technologiami, niskim poziomem hałasu, wysokim przepływem powietrza i przede wszystkim świetnym wykonaniem. Modele A12x15 są ciche, solidne i mają tylko 15 mm grubości, za to A20 sprawdzą się w dużych obudowach, gdzie potrzebny jest duży przepływ powietrza. Małe modele A4x20 są przeznaczone głównie dla środowisk specjalistycznych, a dzięki adapterowi OmniJoin można je wszechstronnie wykorzystać.
Test verdict: "Powyższy artykuł powinien Was tylko utwierdzić w przekonaniu, że produkty austriackiej firmy są w rzeczywistości najwyższej jakości. Każdy z nich został świetnie zaprojektowany i dostarczany jest w bogatym zestawie." (Marcin Jankowski, pcfoster.pl)
18.09.2017 // PCElite.pl
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Ceny za każdy produkt tej firmy są wysokie jednak idzie za tymi cenami jakość wykonania, przemyślana konstrukcja, solidność. Te cechy maja odzwierciedlenie wszędzie, w każdym detalu, nawet w szczegółach związanych z opakowaniem, ze sposobem zaciśnięcia termokurczek. Jedynie do czego mogę się przyczepić to kolorystyka (jedni chwalą jak ja, drudzy ganią) oraz cena.
Test verdict: "Długo myślałem nad podsumowaniem jednak opiszę to krótko – Noctua to Noctua. Dobrze wydane pieniądze." (Arkadiusz Byś, PCElite.pl)
11.09.2017 // Tecnogeekies.com
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Hoy hemos presenciado como Noctua lo ha vuelto a hacer, las prestaciones de sus nuevos productos continúan siendo la referencia que siempre han sido, pero hay otras cosas que también van a continuar. Frente a las grandes prestaciones tradicionales de Noctua hay otro aspecto que también se mantiene, este nivel de calidad no es barato, desde los 30€ que cuesta el ventilador de 200mm, el NF-A20. El adaptador SATA por 8€, el controlador por 20€ o los sorprendentes 15€ que cuesta el pequeño ventilador de 40mm, pasando por los más razonables 20€ por el ventilador más tradicional de 120mm. No obstante hemos de hacer hincapié en algo que solemos decir en Tecnogeekies bastante a menudo, aunque 20€ pueden parecer muchos, especialmente solo por un ventilador, su calidad y su durabilidad nos hacen recomendar esta marca siempre que vuestro presupuesto os lo permita.
Test verdict: "La calidad tiene un precio, pero en casos como el de Noctua merece la pena." (Ignacio Merino, Tecnogeekies.com)
10.09.2017 // CoolingTechnique.com
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NF-A12x15 FLX Review

Passando alle versioni con telaio da 120x15mm abbiamo ottenuto dei risultanti piuttosto interessanti soprattutto per quanto riguarda il pescaggio, nonostante il telaio "slim" le ventole sono infatti capaci di erogare oltre 70CFM a 1700rpm con un grafico comparativo che addirittura le interpone tra le specialiste delle pressioni(pale ad alti angoli di spinta) e ventole generaliste votate ad un buon compromesso tra le prestazioni e l'acustica complessiva. Poche sono in questo caso le sorprese tra le due varianti, la FLX e la PWM si comportano sostanzialmente alla stessa maniera con dati speculari e grafici di emissione acustica parecchio simili tanto che ad orecchio non riuscireste minimamente a distinguere la variante utilizzata. Anche da un punto di vista prestazionale abbiamo una curva pressoria sostanzialmente identica e che si può paragonare per sommi capi a quella generata da una eLoop, che tuttavia ha telaio da 27mm, mentre risultano ovviamente imprendibili le prestazioni della D.F. pressure cosi come quelle della Spectre PRO per lo meno a partire dai medi carichi statici dove la presenza di elevate pressioni risulta ancora marginale sulle prestazioni complessive. Buone infine sono le emissioni acustiche fino ai 60CFM/1500rpm con parametri che le collocano in diretta competizione con le avversarie, sopra le A12x15 pagano lo scotto del telaio low profile e diventano sostanzialmente più rumorose delle controparti a spessore convenzionale; risultato eccellente dato il forte gap.
Test verdict: "Caldamente consigliata, nemmeno a farlo a posta, è di nuovo la misura regina da 120mm; le 12x15 sono infatti offerte ad un prezzo di 19,90€ tasse incluse, valore non basso ma che ha dietro di se l'esclusività di un telaio slim, valori pressori di tutto rispetto e per di più emissioni acustiche paragonabili alle avversarie da 25mm di spessore. Se cercate di conseguenza una ventola a basso profilo ma dalle prestazioni comunque importanti Noctua sembra aver trovato ancora una volta la quadra." (Damiano Villa, CoolingTechnique.com)
09.09.2017 // Vortez.net
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It is clear as soon as you get your hands on the packaging that this latest line of Noctua cooling fans exude quality. For many people, the trademark colour scheme will always be a love/hate relationship but there's no denying that it has become synonymous with the Austrian manufacturers premium products. These new A-Series additions are no exception and shift decent volumes of air whilst performing very well acoustically. The fact that their quiet performance can be lowered even further using the supplied LNA (and ULNA in the case of the FLX NF-A12x15) is a bonus. We would imagine that the majority of buyers considering the slim 120mm model are going to be looking to implement one or two in an HTPC environment, or perhaps as a push/pull combination in a smaller form factor chassis. The 200mm NF-A20 is a little different in that it is arguably an even more niche model - in the age of downsizing how many people still own a case capable of housing such a hefty blower. On the other hand Noctua should be applauded for now offering their premium, and exceptionally quiet cooling solutions, in almost every conceivable frame size.
Test verdict: "If you're comfortable with the colour scheme and happy paying the premium-level pricing, then you'll be more than happy with the excellent performance that Noctua's latest offerings bring to the cooling fan market." (Jamie Procter, Vortez.net)
30.08.2017 // Conseil Config
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En ce qui concerne le niveau sonore la marque a bien travaillé, les NF-A4 se démarquent de ce que l'on trouve habituellement avec une discrétion très apréciable, les NF-A12 quant à eux sont très silencieux au minimum mais plutôt bruyant une fois alimentés en 12V, rien de bien grave cela dit vu les adaptateurs livrés. Les plus gros NF-A20 sont également silencieux que ce soit au minimum ou au maximum. Proposés à un tarif allant de 7.90€ pour les NF-A4 à 29.90€ pour les NF-A20 en passant par 19.90€ pour les NF-A12x15 ils sont encore une fois réservés à ceux qui ne se satisfont que de produits haut de gamme, ils ne seront clairement pas déçus.
Test verdict: "Chez Noctua le maitre mot est qualité, et encore une fois cela se voit sur les derniers ventilateurs de la marque." (Christian Marchini, Conseil Config)
25.08.2017 // InsideGeeks.net
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Uma pessoa começa por duvidar quando verifca que estas ventoinhas são 10mm mais finas que as ventoinhas normais da Noctua. Contudo há que lembrar que a empresa austríaca não fica por menos nos seus produtos: todos eles têm extensivos meses de R&D antes do lançamento, pois uma performance menor que muito bom simplesmente não é digna da Noctua. E é assim que as NF-A12x15 se destacam, por manterem uma pressão e performance adequadas numa menor espessura. Também o ruído continua com os baixos níveis do costume da Noctua. Assim sendo, porque não optar por uma destas ventoinhas quando o espaço não abunda? Certamente não irão ficar desiludidos com elas.
Test verdict: "Como sempre, as Noctua NF-A12x15 são um produto recomendado pelo InsideGeeks!" (Nuno Ferreira, InsideGeeks.net)
17.08.2017 // modding.fr
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Dans un boitier tel que les HTPC, 10 mm de gain de place peuvent faire la différence et quant on voit que le ventilateur reste performant c’est tutti bueno ! Nous retrouvons les optimisations aérodynamiques propres à la série NF-A des ventilateurs Noctua garantissant ainsi un bon contrôle du flux d’air. La marque autrichienne assure aussi la fiabilité de son NF-A12x15 dans le temps en incluant un moyeu renforcé en métal. Du coup la garantie est toujours portée à 6 ans. La petite fenêtre ronde permettant de bien montrer cette partie métallique est quelque peu discutable d’un point de vue esthétique… Mais cela se saurait si c’était le principal argument de Noctua… Le bundle est toujours aussi conséquent avec deux types de fixations et surtout plusieurs type de câbles.
Test verdict: "Malgré sa faible épaisseur, le NF-A12x15 n’a pas à rougir face à la concurrence comme on a pu le constater sur notre test. Tout aussi efficace que son confrère le NF-F12, il tire aussi bien son épingle du jeu sur le plan du niveau sonore." (Bertrand Curras, modding.fr)
17.08.2017 // APHNetworks.com
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Noctua is well known for being quiet, but also have good performance. They have definitely stayed true to their reputation. The Noctua NF-A series have exceptional build quality through and through. All of the fans performed well during the tests. On top of that, they were also quiet, especially if run at nominal speeds instead of their maximum.
Test verdict: "The Noctua NF-A Series is a comprehensive line up of fans that will be great addition to many system environments." (Ben Joubert, APHNetworks.com)

Installation Manual (PDF)

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.

PWM PWM

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 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.

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 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.

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 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!

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

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