Scan code: LN42674 Manufacturer code: NF-F12-PWM

Noctua NF-F12 Focused Flow PWM Fan 120mm

120mm Noctua NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow PWM Cooling Fan Quiet

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Scan code: LN42674 Manufacturer code: NF-F12-PWM
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Product Overview Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade impeller, the NF-F12’s Focused Flow™ system creates outstanding static pressure and focuses the airflow for superior performance on heatsinks and radiators.

At the same time, a wide range of advanced aerodynamic design measures, second generation SSO-Bearings and Noctua’s new, custom designed PWM IC for fully automatic control guarantee astounding quietness of operation. The NF-F12 comes with modular cabling, integrated anti-vibration pads and two speed settings for full flexibility. Its commanding performance, exhaustive set of features and Noctua’s trusted premium quality make it an elite choice for use on air coolers, radiators and other pressure demanding applications. Features Focused Flow Frame
Designed for pressure demanding applications such as heatsinks and radiators, the Focused Flow™ frame features eleven stator guide vanes that straighten, channel and focus the airflow, which allows the NF-F12 to rival the performance of conventional fans running at much faster speeds.

Varying Angular Distance and Vortex Control Notches
The NF-F12’s stator guide vanes are set out in Varying Angular Distance and feature Vortex-Control Notches. Both measures help to spread the noise emission over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern more agreeable to the human ear.

Heptaperf Impeller
Custom designed for the new Focused Flow™ frame and to work in tandem with the eleven stator guide vanes, the NF-F12’s seven blade Heptaperf™ impeller has been carefully optimised to achieve a perfect balance between power and quietness.

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
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 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.

SSO2 Bearing
The NF-F12 is the first fan to feature 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.

Metal bearing shell
In order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision, minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability, the NF-F12 sports a CNC milled bearing shell made entirely from brass.

Custom designed PWM IC with SCD
Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NF-F12 uses Noctua’s novel, custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching noises and thus makes the fan quieter at lower speeds.

Ultra-Low Power Consumption
The NF-F12 draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.

Low-Noise Adaptor
The NF-F12 is supplied with a Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 1500 to 1200rpm. The L.N.A can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 1200rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic PWM control.

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 a 4-pin y-cable allows to connect a second NF-F12 fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.

6 years manufacturer’s warranty
Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the NF-F12 features an MTBF rating of more than 150.000 hours and comes with a full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty.
Pack Information
Pack Type  
Individual Fan Specifications
Fan Diameter 120mm
Fan Depth 25 mm
Fan Speed 300 ~ 1500 rpm
Fan Blades  
Fan Specialization  
Airflow 55 CFM
Air Pressure  
Sound Level (dBA) 18.6 ~ 22.4 dBA
Sound Level (Sone)  
Motor Type  
Bearing Type  
Manual Speed Controller No
Material Plastic
Fan Colour  
LED Colour  
MTBF 150000 Hours
Fan Fixing  
Cable length  
Additional Information
Scan Code LN42674
Model Number NF-F12-PWM
GTIN 4716123314660

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TekSpek Guides
Chassis Airflow
Chassis Airflow
Date Issued: 20th Oct 2008

The modern PC is potentially a mass of heat output and heat production hot spots. With CPUs rated at more than 100W of heat output, single graphics boards carrying similar ratings (and people want to run two!), multiple hard drives the norm, lots of memory and mainboards covered in heatpipes to combat toasty core logic and PWM circuits, a PC appreciably warming up a room when it’s working hard is no joke.

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Date Issued: 19th Jun 2008

Watercooling for the PC has been around for years in some form or another, for at least as long as Scan have been in business, with basic physics defining why you want to use it. That means for air cooling, to cope with increasing temperature in the heatsink you need to move the air across it faster. That is why thermostatically controlled fans in your PC will turn faster the hotter something gets.

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System Noise Reduction
System Noise Reduction
Date Issued: 5th Mar 2007

Anybody who has been near their share of computer systems will appreciate that not all systems make the same amount of noise. There are a number of reasons for why this is so. Firstly, a computer makes noise for different reasons. Generally, anything mechanical is going to make noise.

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120mm Noctua NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow PWM Cooling Fan Quiet is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fan I bought 8 of these for a new build PC (large case). The fans are easy to fit with either the noise reducing 'pins' or the included screws. I use the 'pins' to keep the sound level down. Included also; Each corner has sound reducing 'buffers' A 'y' type cable to join two fans together as one A very useful power cord extension A power limiter inline cable for optional use that is designed to help further reduce noise The fan also has focused airflow built in that greatly improves airflow 'power'. The fan is PWM and, in short, this allows it's spped to be controlled via a suitable controller - motherboard or, as in my case, a seperate controller. All in all this is quite a versatile fan with great noise control features (I can confirm fans are quite quiet) and extras that may otherwise require seperate purchase.
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extra fan Belt and braces for my Noctua heatsink. It already had one of these fitted and could take another. Quiet, same as came with heatsink.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fan This is a brilliant fan to put on your heat sink, quiet and efficient the build quality is superb also comes with additional cables etc just don't. forget to buy your NT-H1 thermal paste.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Get What You Pay For Up until now I have never used cheap fans and I have never used fans from the upper end of the market. When my old fan died after about a year I started to look for a replacement. The name of Noctua was well known to me but I always thought they was over priced. I now know how wrong I was, even the box they come it is a quality item. Plus the added leads and mounting hardware, leaves you with a very pleased feeling. This model may not be the right one for your application, so visit Noctua's web site where you are guided through which fan will be the best for you. From now on and for future builds I will only use Noctua.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a fan I've been buying Noctua fans for a while now. For me they are unbeatable for performance and quietness; so good in fact that you can forgive the nasty colour scheme. All the bits you need for mounting, dropping the speed and extending reach are in the box. Pricey for a fan but well worth the outlay.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely quiet Bought one of these to replace the stock fan that came with my Corsair H60 and it has made a world of a difference. Before, any time my CPU would heat up the noise would become unbearable. These fans are almost silent when they rev up. Going forwards I think I will be replacing all my fans with these.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very quiet good quality bad coloured fans Great static air pressure good cooling performance and super quiet . Brown and cream is the worst colour combo ever however
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exellent Superb the same as store itself like always professional
Date published: 2016-06-17
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Multiple on 1 fan header?

Noctua says that these fans draw a max. of 0.05 amps. If this is correct, does this mean I could power many of these fans through just one fan header? Like 4 through a 1 amp cpu fan header?
Asked by: Jamesss
I wouldn't want to say you could run 4 off one 1 header in case it caused a problem for your particular set up but I can safely say I ran 2 x 140mm Noctua fans off one CPU fan header using the provided Y splitter cable and 2 of these 120mm units off one systems fan header.
Answered by: HenryF
Date published: 2016-12-18
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Noctua NF-F12 Focused Flow PWM Fan 120mm
Noctua NF-F12 Focused Flow PWM Fan 120mm