Noctua NF-P12 120mm Case Fan

Posted on June 2, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4


Noctua recently sent us the NF-P12 120 case fan for review. The NF-P12 was developed for applications such as CPU cooling, where higher air flow is necessary. The NF-P12 features many new technologies, such as Vortex-Control notches, the SCD drive system, and Noctua's own SSO-Bearing engine.

Despite aiming to cool components more efficiently, the NF-P12 was also designed with sound in mind. The NF-P12 is pressure-optimized and meant to be quiet. Let's look at how the fan performs, as well as learning what all the fancy acronyms mean.


The NF-P12 comes in a box not much larger than the fan itself, illustrated with Noctua's Maroon-Blue-White palette. Noctua also send a few stickers along with the fan. On the upper right-hand side of the front, the NF-P12's features are listed in a blue box.

The rear of the case goes to explain the four primary features of the fan further.

The rear of the packaging also opens up to reveal an even more detailed explanation of some of the features. Talk about giving away their trade secrets.

Removing the fan from the packaging, I found it enclosed in a rubber casing along with the various accessories it comes with.

Amongst the accessories are four rubber mounts, designed to minimize vibrations from the fan against the case.

There are also two adapters that come with the NF-P12. They both have a resistor on the hot wire, meant to lower the voltage going to the fan. Using one of these pieces will slow the fan down, lowering any possible noise.

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