I was in two minds about whether I should even do this review since I had tested the Noctua NF-F12 multiple times elsewhere before in the way of the standard NF-F12 PWM fan and two different iPPC versions rated at a higher speed with a few more tweaks. Noctua had sent along a pretty big package last year when all I had really wanted was the new NF-A12x25. It included several optional accessories as well, part of their chromax lineup and the NF-F12 PWM chromax. Arguably their most popular fan to date, the NF-F12 PWM chromax was made to appease customers who wanted the NF-F12 fan in something other than their tan-and-brown color scheme. Given I was very familiar with the fan in general, I figured I should complete the trifecta after having covered the NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM fan earlier. So here we are again, and thanks to Noctua once again for sending along the review sample for TechPowerUp to examine.
The Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax fan, as the name suggests, is the chromax version of their extremely popular NF-F12 120 mm fan. This is not necessarily a pressure-optimized fan, however, which is something many often do not realize. Indeed, Noctua has other options that may be more appealing to you if you are looking into fans to mount on to radiators. The chromax version comes with color customization support, more so than any other Noctua fan series. We will check this and more out, but will first take a look at the specifications below.
|Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax Fan|
|Dimensions:||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Rated speed:||300 (+/- 20%) to 1500 (+/- 10%) RPM|
|Max airflow:||55 CFM (93.4 m³/h)|
|Max static pressure:||2.61 mm H2O|
|Fan control:||4-pin/PWM control|
|Current draw:||0.05 A peak|