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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

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

21.05.2015 - NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Insgesamt lässt sich festhalten, dass Noctua mit dem NH-L9x65 einen soliden Top-Blow-Kühler für fast jeden Sockel geschaffen hat, der alle ihm gestellten Aufgaben zuverlässig löst." (Sebastian Weickelt,

21.05.2015 - NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
Test verdict: "Noctua continua a stupire in tutte le fasce di mercato. Le versioni testate oggi ci hanno convinto appieno, in particolar modo le versioni Industrial PPC, fan che rasentano la perfezioni in ogni aspetto." (Michele Mura,

21.05.2015 - NF-S12B redux-1200
Test verdict: "In jedem Fall verdienen auch NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000, NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM und NF-S12B redux-1200 unsere Redaktionsempfehlung." (William Zwingenberger,

21.05.2015 - NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Der NH-L9x65 ist aktuell für uns ganz klar eines: Der König unter den kompakten HTPC-Kühlern!" (Benedikt Weiß,