Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm Fan Review

Product: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm
Company: Noctua
Author: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: April 3rd, 2012

Test Configuration

Our test platform is an all-AMD affair, using the AMD FX-8150 processor and requisite AM3+/990FX equipped mainboard. Details below:

Test Platform

Component Specification
Mainboard ASUS R.o.G. Formula Crosshair V
Processor FX-8150
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
Memory 2x4GB AMD Radeon Entertainment DDR3-1600
  2x2GB G.Skill RipJaws DDR3-1600 [Total 12GB]
Audio Creative X-Fi MB 2
PSU Corsair HX850
Case CoolerMaster HAF 932
Storage Controller Adaptec 5405 PCI-E Hybrid RAID card
Storage Drives 2ea Corsair Force 120 + 2ea Seagate 15K4 SAS 146GB
Heatsink/Fan AMD FX Liquid Cooler
Display Dell P2210H
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate SP1
Driver Catalyst 8.95.5 / 12.3Preview
AMD FX 8150 and FX Liquid Cooler

To test the Noctua NF-F12 PWM we used an application that benefits most from pressure - water cooling radiators, in the form of AMD's FX liquid cooler. Based on the Asetek 570LC, the AMD FX liquid cooler is a self-contained water cooling heatsink and fan for, you guessed it, the AMD FX processor. Equipped with two 120mm fans, the double thick heat exchanger can be noisy at full operation speed - a prime candidate for a quiet, focused flow fan replacement.