Rated 5 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5 by iTrichome Great Fan!
Great fan and good temps although quite noisy at high speeds but what else can you expect from a 3000RPM fan :D
26 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by NEXUS2345 Very solid fan. Quiet at low RPMs with massive potential when cranked up to 3k RPM.
I bought these fans to replace the non-vibration mounted SP120 fans on my Corsair H100i. Safe to say, the installation was a hassle as I had no idea how to remove the top panel of my case as I didn't build this PC, but once I had it figured it was fine (apart from the damage I managed to do to the mounts on my H100i... oops).
Once the fans were installed, they worked fine from the get go. I had no issues with plugging them in either, but the sleeving was annoying as it prevented me from tidying them away. However, this sleeving is very good quality and looks great when these are used as case fans I imagine or when they are mounted on a radiator that isn't directly above the motherboard.
The fans themselves are noisy, yes, and the brown anti-vibration mounts do not look the best, but I am still fine with having these on show from my side panel window. The noise factor is easily reduced as the static pressure these fans provide at the RPMs of my old fans is around 1.5x as much, so they outperform them even at the same RPMs.
Now onto my main gripe about these fans. The price. These fans are very, very expensive compared to others on the market. Yes, you are paying a premium for these fans as they are THE BEST on the market, but the lack of the standard accessories that Noctua normally provides and the lacklustre packaging is something that disappoints me with these particular fans.
Overall, these fans are extremely good quality and perform as you would expect for the price, but the lack of standard accessories compared to other Noctua products and the lacklustre packaging mean that I have to give these fans a good rather than excellent rating for value.
01 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Canopus72 Very impressed.
I purchased an Alpenfohn K2 mount doom air cooler, last year. Love it, great cooler. Kept my FX-8350 nice and cool between 32c-35c. Then in September I upgraded to the FX-9590 and the K2 kept it cool at 39c-42c. In January 2014, I bought a pair of Zotac 770GTX to put in SLI (ideally I wanted 2x780GTX but they were too expensive so I decided to go with these in the interim).
Two weeks ago, I found a great bargain on Amazon for the Sapphire Trix R9-290 at £284. So I bought two (5 months on and the cheapest 780GTX was Zotac for £340, so the 290 Trix was £56 cheaper). Problem is whilst these bad boys are very good performers, they put out a lot of heat. I found when gaming, especially crysis3 my gpu's would go to 70c and 80c, cpu would overheat to 71c and BIOS safeties would shut down pc. I also got a lot of artefacts, stuttering, freezing when gaming with the 290's (never had any issues with the 770GTX-SLI#.
No doubt summer weather has significant effect on pc temperature. I decided to go for a Coolermaster Nepton 140XL AIO liquid cooler from Amazon. Worked great for first day #Boinc/seti running in background and playing crysis 3, my cpu would hit 55c#. But the 140XL started playing havoc with my ZXR sound card and Asus Crosshair V formula Z motherboard. Spoke to CM euro tech support and the tech guy was flummoxed. He said probably electrical issue with pump. Had to RMA.
I went back to my Alpenfohn K2. This time I decided to check the stock fan specs that came with the heatsink. Only 61CFM each!. No wonder my cpu was overheating. A friend told me about the Noctua NFF12-3k rpm #thanks Alex!#. Arrived today, installed.
Using Asus AI suite and standard fan mode, cpu at 37c #with Boinc/seti off#. With Boinc/seti running in background, cpu was 46c #with stock Alpenfohn fans cpu was 55/56c#.
With boinc running and playing crysis3, this time no crashes, no gpu stuttering or artefacts due to heat. Played 15 minutes easily and cpu was 64c, gpu1 was 70c and gpu2 was 65c.
I am well impressed with these Noctua NFF12 fans. Ideally, I wanted the 14cm-3k rpm fans but no one had them in stock, so had to settle for these NFF12. But they have worked brilliantly. It goes to show, you don't need fancy and potentially fickle AIO liquid coolers. You just need a good quality heatsink and a pair of Noctua 3k-rpm fans. These fans are expensive but a very worthwhile investment bearing in mind performance and if you intend to keep them for long term use. They also come with 6 years manufacturer warranty.
I have used other fans before like Akasa venom which claim to be 108CFM but when I put my hand over them, I cant feel a thing. The only two fans worth their weight in gold are these Noctua NFF12/14 #109 and 144 CFM respectively# and the coolermaster jetflo 120mm fans #95CFM) but the jetflo fans cant be fitted on a air cooler heatsink!. I am using the CM jetflo as case fans and these Noctua NFF12 as cpu heatsink fans and I can feel the turbine fan blades pushing gusts of air for both brands of fans. Highly recommend.
18 June 2014