Noctua NF-P12 120mm Case Fan

Posted on June 2, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Appearance

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a skin-colored fan. It's an odd combination of colors, but it grew on me.

The unit is only 25mm thick, making it much thinner than fans such as the Vantec Tornado. It's also nice that the cord is wrapped up in rubber, keeping the wires together and neat.

Installation

Installation was fairly straight forward, but one can always look at the box for a little help. The first step was to get the rubber mounts in to the fan holes. This is relatively easy, as they're inserted from the outside, then pulled from the inside until they're "locked".

From the inside, I lined the fan's holes up with the four mounts, pulling on each one until the fan was secured within the mounts' grip.

Performance

The fan was installed in the Thermaltake M9 chassis, replacing the Thermaltake Fan that had previously been installed in the rear of the unit. Both fans rotate at 1300 RPM, but the NF-P12 has two additional fins.

With the Thermaltake fan in place, the system ran with an ambient temperature of about 38°C. After installing the NF-P12, the internal temperature dropped down to 36-37°C. This isn't major increase, but definitely an improvement. I may have to acquire a second unit to install in the front.

Additionally, even without using any of the speed-changing adapters, I noticed that the machine was significantly quieter than before.

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