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Which 120mm fan?

Noctua’s 120mm fans are premium quality solutions that have been thoroughly optimised to achieve the best possible results in specific fields of application. Each of the three models works fine in all typical environments, so you can’t go wrong with either of them, but choosing the model that is best suited for your application can help you to obtain even better results:

NF-S12A NF-P12 NF-F12
Case Ventilation
Heatsink & Radiator Performance
Quietness

NF-S12A: The NF-S12A has been optimised for “low impedance” applications that don’t require high static pressure and thus combines moderate pressure with outstanding airflow and superb quietness of operation. Choose the NF-S12A for case ventilation, applications with little or no obstruction to airflow as well as all other applications where minimum noise emission has first priority.

NF-P12: The NF-P12 has been designed with more pressure demanding “high impedance” applications in mind. It provides an even balance of high static pressure, high airflow and excellent quietness, which has made it a standard choice for low noise CPU cooling, cases with tight fan grills and other low noise cooling applications with mid- to high airflow resistance.

NF-F12: The NF-F12’s unique Focused Flow™ system produces extremely high static pressure and focuses the airflow in order to achieve even better results on air cooling heatsinks and water cooling radiators. With a top speed of 1500rpm, it also offers more performance headroom for less noise-sensitive applications. Choose the NF-F12 if you’re looking for the best possible performance on heatsinks and radiators.


Noctua 120mm Fans Comparison



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29.07.2015 - Basic-Tutorials.de NH-C14S
Test verdict: "Noctua weiß auch, wie üblich, in Sachen Qualität zu überzeugen. Der hohe Produktionsaufwand fällt sofort aus. Die Kühlleistung spricht ebenso für sich." (Lukas Heinrichs, Basic-Tutorials.de)
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29.07.2015 - HiTechLegion.com NH-C14S
Test verdict: "While a builder typically has to make certain concessions when using a larger air cooler, the only concession made with the NH-C14S is lack of trouble caused by component interference. The NH-C14S simply provides excellent performance with great compatibility and low noise, essentially the SFF builder’s dream. With that, the Noctua NH-C14S comes highly recommended and is the recipient of the Hi Tech Legion Editor’s Choice Award." (George Cella, HiTechLegion.com)
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29.07.2015 - Neoseeker.com NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "All of these features add up to an exceptional heatsink cooler that will help make your HTPC or SFF system operate at peak performance." (Marvin Purdy, Neoseeker.com)
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28.07.2015 - hwresources.org NH-C14S
Test verdict: "Per la prima volta HWresources da l’Award Platinum ma questi dissipatori rasentano la perfezione sotto tutti i punti di vista." (Michele Mura, hwresources.org)
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