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Noctua Introduces NF-F12 Focused Flow Fan

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So you're telling me I can't show off my expensive Delta fans because they're black and not another random uncommon colour? ...I r disappoint. But I can see it now...a Noctua fan themed case...
Of course you can, but in any pic, you'll instantly recognise a Noctua fan. Same for the cool leds on the Enermax fans, or those turbine thingies.

I still have some San Aces, but in a pic it could be any brand.
 
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Of course you can, but in any pic, you'll instantly recognise a Noctua fan. Same for the cool leds on the Enermax fans, or those turbine thingies.

I still have some San Aces, but in a pic it could be any brand.
True, but we'd emphasize it on close shots on the labels ;) I'm still not sure how justifiable Noctua fan prices are compared to other similar fans with the same specs though...or let's say, not so clear.
 
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True, but we'd emphasize it on close shots on the labels ;) I'm still not sure how justifiable Noctua fan prices are compared to other similar fans with the same specs though...or let's say, not so clear.
I think I'm going to make my second Apple comparison of the day :D
- Looks different
- More expensive than other brands
- Extra cost not directly justifiable

Hmm...
 
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I think I'm going to make my second Apple comparison of the day :D
- Looks different
- More expensive than other brands
- Extra cost not directly justifiable

Hmm...
The brain doesn't comprehend. I can say this for myself, I did buy an Alienware back in 2007 for a ridiculous amount of money, but being still 16 years old and always wanting one, I got one...just to discover after I bought it, that a Dell XPS is the same thing for less the money. Note to self, avoid "different" looking things.
 
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As I recall Noctua fans are rather mediocre, save for when they're used on their own heatsinks. Mediocre + ridiculous price + bloody booger red = GTFO
Agreed, as far as I know, Noctua fans are only quiet because they operate at lower RPMs than most performance fans do. I'm more interested in those strakes that 'focus' air flow. Hoping someone is going to review these soon.
 
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Price seems kinda high.
 
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Is this good enough for you:



As you can see on the more pressure demanding heatsink, TRUE copper in this case, the Noctua came in last.

I'm pretty sure this isn't good enough because practical tests are always flawed when the results are not satisfying for the product you folks love. :)
 
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I am curious if this performs better than my current NF-S12B FLX which I use as system fan. Also using the older P12 on CPU and I don't complain about that one either. In fact, recently I opened my case and decided to clean the fans after some 3 years of heavy use, and despite them being totally black from all the shit that accumulated there over the time, the inside of the fan was perfectly clear and the fan was as quiet as new. I don't really have any problems with Noctua. So what they are expensive, $25 worth product that lasts 3 years is damn good deal to me.
 
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Is this good enough for you:

http://forum.lab501.ro/attachment.php?attachmentid=11983&stc=1&d=1287008941

As you can see on the more pressure demanding heatsink, TRUE copper in this case, the Noctua came in last.

I'm pretty sure this isn't good enough because practical tests are always flawed when the results are not satisfying for the product you folks love. :)
Yeah, it lost by 1 to 2 degrees to fans that were runing at higher RPMs. Most people are willing to sacrifice a degree or two to bring thei noise down 3 to 7 dbA.

Agreed, as far as I know, Noctua fans are only quiet because they operate at lower RPMs than most performance fans do. I'm more interested in those strakes that 'focus' air flow. Hoping someone is going to review these soon.
The trick here is this fan operates at 1300 to 1500 RPM which is average speed for a fan this size, but still maintains the same price and noise level of the old Noctua fans. Then tops that off by using less power and providing anti-vibration stuff. See the noise a fan makes in your case is not limited to just the impeller. So while other fans may seem like they are the same, they are usually much louder due to vibration against the case and fan wobble. This fan will do neither and thus still generate less noise even though the specs don't say that.

It also does a lot to change the tone of the noise to be less noticeable and focus the air flow to provide more pressure. Its like putting a tube behind a fan. nothing about the fan speed or airflow changed, but the air pressure you get at the end of the tube is higher.

And the price is more than reasonable. I can't explain the difference in quality very well, but trust me it is noticeable. The first time you get a Noctua fan you think, "Damn, why does this just feel like its much much better quality?"
 
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I am very aware of the fact that Noctua only uses those colors, that doesn't answer or change the question. Why would anyone want those ugly ass colors in thier custom built blinged out computer?
I rock 2 noctua fans on my NH-U12P SE2, granted I dont want to look at them all day long but I don't my rig is under my desk, they are quiet and provide adequate airflow, on that basis I can't fault them.

If anything I think these ones are an improvment over their older ones, definately more tasteful in design if not colour.
 
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Yeah, it lost by 1 to 2 degrees to fans that were runing at higher RPMs. Most people are willing to sacrifice a degree or two to bring thei noise down 3 to 7 dbA.
I guess its pretty difficult to see facts with all this marketing mumbo jumbo around. Its in the title of the graph: 1300rpm all.

As for the "impressive" quality read my previous posts.
 

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half you guys need to get jobs that pay more then min wage :D and stop complaining about Noctua fans are to high in price. Im using a few of them and to tell ya the truth I wouldn't use anything but Noctua... Theres the low end junk fans and then theres the Professional high end get what you pay for fans ;)
 
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half you guys need to get jobs that pay more then min wage :D and stop complaining about Noctua fans are to high in price. Im using a few of them and to tell ya the truth I wouldn't use anything but Noctua... Theres the low end junk fans and then theres the Professional high end get what you pay for fans ;)
But some competitors often the same quality for a lower price :)
 

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But some competitors often the same quality for a lower price :)
I know that but its just my opinion... I like how fluid these fans run. I to date havent used anything better.