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Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.Black.swap, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Black)

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Premium quiet fan, 120x120x25mm, 12V, 4-pin PWM, max. 1500 RPM, max. 22.4 dB(A), >150,000 h MTTF
Award-winning NF-F12 design has received more than 100 recommendations from international hardware websites and magazines
Focused Flow frame for outstanding static pressure performance, ideal for use on heatsinks and radiators
4-pin PWM version for automatic speed control via 4-pin PWM fan headers, 1500rpm maximum speed edition with all-black design and swappable red, black, white, blue, yellow and green anti-vibration pads for colour-customising


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Material: Metal. Noise Level: 22.4 dB. Voltage: 12 Volts. Power Connector Type: 4-Pin. Brand: Noctua. Item Dimensions LxWxH: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches. Date First Available: October 4, 2017. Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No. Best Sellers Rank: #14 in Computer Case Fans. Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars 2,813 ratings 4.8 out of 5 stars. Item model number: NF-F12 PWM CH.BK.S. Country of Origin: China. ASIN: B07654PNFQ. Manufacturer: Noctua. Item Weight: 6.9 ounces. Product Dimensions: 4.72 x 4.72 x 0.98 inches.

Specification: Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.Black.swap, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Black)

Weight 6.9 lbs
Dimensions 4.72 × 4.72 × 0.98 in

10 reviews for Noctua NF-F12 PWM chromax.Black.swap, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Black)

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  1. Gillogical

    These are great fans and almost worth the money: cool and quiet, quality that you would expect from Noctua. I didn’t give 5 stars due to the anti-vibration pads alone, and I’m aware of how ridiculous that sounds at first. There should be 8 anti-vibration pads (instead of 4) per color, as the other Chromax fans I bought have 8. Pairing these with the others just doesn’t match up. It isn’t the end of the world and they still perform as I’d expect, but I paid extra replacing the stock brown Noctua fans with these and it still doesn’t look the way I’d like, so I can’t accomplish my aesthetic goal with Noctua fans. Furthermore, I now feel like I would’ve saved money in the end just getting a different brand altogether and not have to worry about spending more money and replacing fans.Read more

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  2. Edward Novak

    Great fan but I would rather have one in black with all of the cables etc. that come with the standard color fan. This one comes with pretty multi colored corners but lacks the basic cables that come with the brown fans.Read more

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  3. ronnyboy973

    I first want to say that these fans are amazing. I always heard about Noctuas but never needed them bc i was using Mac products(mbp and mac mini). I recently decided rather than upgrading my mac mini, ill build an Hackintosh. I cant imagine build any kind of pc without these fans. Low noise was a major concern when building and i want to say that these reduced noise levels to a minimum. I have 4 Noctuas in my build and i can describe the sound as a low breeze. I honestly forget that the computer is in my room. The reason that i give it 4/5 is bc you have to buy anti vibration and y cables separately!!! What type of nonsense is that!? why not include 4 anti vibrations and 1 y cable in each package and just raise the price by a dollar or 2! I had to wait a whole 24 hours to get these essentials smfhRead more

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  4. Amber Z

    It may be hard to see these fans as they are behind the radiator, but they are very quiet and seem to keep my CPU nice and cool. I ordered the Corsair H100i Pro in white as an AIO cooler, however I knew Noctua was a well known brand especially for Radiator fans. I decided to buy these to replace the LL120mm RGB Corsair fans for 2 reasons: 1. I think Noctua are better Static Pressure fans and thus my CPU will have the best cooling for pushing air through the radiator and keeping everything cool 2. The RGB would be beyond hidden if I wanted to see the beautiful RGB on the fans I wouldn’t be able to I ended up putting the Corsair fans elsewhere so you can see their beauty and I have amazing fans on my RadiatorRead more

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  5. Chris M.

    This review doesn’t have dry numbers or boring stuff like idle temps. I honestly don’t care. I just care about performance. I had bought a Fractal Meshify C case back in January 2020 and built a Ryzen 3600 system. Recently I upgraded to a EVGA FTW 3060ti which is overclocked at the factory and tends to run hot under load. The Fractal case came with Fractal brand fans on the front and back (one each). CPU cooler is Noctua. The two case fans spun up very loudly under load. Also of note, the 3060ti blower fans spun up to a high speed to try and clear out the heat while playing Doom Eternal on mostly high graphics at 1440p. So this was becoming a very noisy system all of a sudden. Later, I upgraded to a 165hz Dell 27″ 1440p monitor and while under load, the fans on the video card were really spinning hard to keep up with the additional graphical overhead. I bought 3 Chromax 120mm – two for the front and one for the rear. After installing them, I ran through the same spot in Doom that I was stuck on and went on to beat that boss fight finally after close to 100 tries on ultra violence difficulty. If you’ve played Doom Eternal, you know the fight I am talking about. It’s the one that sent people rage quitting- (DLC1 the one with the empowered Marauder, purple rune key location). When I had finished the fight, I had been monitoring with my ears in regards to the audio levels of the fans and all fans were relatively quiet and running at slower RPMs than the stock fans. Yes, even the factory overclocked 3060ti was running at about regular speeds. I couldn’t believe it. I had been playing for about an hour so there was ample opportunity for heat build up. The Chromax fans did not seem to spin up that hard, or if they did, I didn’t really hear a difference. I put my hand to the rear of the pc and wow was it expelling the heat. I can’t say for certain these Chromax fans did the trick but in my experience I think that they are making a significant difference and think these are definitely a high value proposition over stock cooling fans. Maybe it was my imagination, but gameplay was a bit smoother to take advantage of the 165hz and maybe that improved my gameplay to the point that I could finally beat that damn level. What can I say? Is it my imagination? I’d have to say no. Give them a try!Read more

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  6. Matt

    To summarize my points before going into details: Pros: + Aesthetically pleasing for my build, white matches the RGB lighting on motherboard and front fans and LED strip + much quieter tone compared to stock Cryorig H7 fan + Pretty simple to mount to cooler with H7 fan clip + variety of color options for rubber mounts + Strong cooling power (notice at most a 3-5 degree Celsius difference from stock with an upgraded Noctua airflow fan on the back) Cons: – High price for fans – short cables For more in depth review: I love these fans. I’m officially a “fan” of Noctua fans (HA bet you didn’t expect the puns in this review). From my testing, this Noctua fan paired with the stock case fan that I had on the rear for CPU cooling made only a minimal difference, maybe within the margin of error. With the second Noctua fan, it made a huge difference because this fan is able to push hard on the heat stack and the rear fan is able to keep up with a large amount of airflow. I do recommend this product for a heatsink upgrade, but I would recommend you upgrade the case fan in back to compliment it. For the noise, I notice a substantial difference compared to the stock fan, mainly because it is a lower tone compared to the normal Cryorig fan. The same goes for the rear fan, it is substantially quieter than the stock Fractal Design case fan. Highly recommended.Read more

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  7. Chris

    So previous to buying these fans I had Corsair fans that came with my AIO, to say they were loud would be an understatement, more like a jet engine taking off. So I went for these and thought they can’t be any worse. So after buying 6 of these all I can say is that I was blown away(no pun intended), they are so quiet, and the airflow is amazing my 3070 graphics card(yes they do exist) used to run at a temperature of 55 degrees while idling, now it runs at 34 degrees. Even when the fans are on 100% they aren’t annoying and I would say they sound like a small desk fan(remember I have 6 of these). I would doubt anyway would have fans running at 100%, if you do then you need a better airflow case. Also you can change the colours of the corners, you get these rubber edges that help reduce vibration, I chose white but you can chose what ever colour suits you, they look very smart, and they are easy to mount. Anyway, I can’t recommend them enough, they may cost more than some, but are worth the money.Read more

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  8. Chromium Domium

    Overall, I do like Noctua fans. You are guaranteed a high quality, long lasting quality product, that runs quiet. I’m down voting this model because the fit and accessories have been unnecessarily scrimped on. I bought the chromax black to replace the beige ones I have for use in a glass sided case. In which I originally used five very cheap black Arctic p12’s. (Good fans, but see below) The beige version of the noctua comes with a y connector to allow you to run two fans from one header, an extension cable, a low noise adapter and some rubber pull through fan mounts plus usual screws. The beige version of the fan also has a few inches of attached cable to mount to a board directly. This black version only has the long extension cable, which you cannot avoid using, because the fan itself has zero cable length. This means in most cases an unnecessarily long extension cable to deal with. At least it does in my case. The coloured corners provided are only four of each colour. If you are buying fans for a build because of the colour as well as quality, then surely eight of each colour would be optimal. My build is black and white so used black for mount and white for aesthetic was the compromise. Noctua have cheaped out here and it almost feels like they begrudge customers who don’t prefer beige. So if you want their black ones you will pay for such a crime. As mentioned above, I originally fitted Arctic P12’s, but these made weird whining noises while changing speeds, which became annoying. I wanted something I could rely on to be quiet and efficient, so bought Noctua again to avoid the hassle of lengthy research. It’s sad that Noctua have removed much of the reason one purchased the brand, just because of the colour. I think it’s a mistake, given the pricing. Why not provide the same as the beige, but add in the coloured corners at extra or just provide all black and let the customer purchase different coloured corners, if desired? The lack of any built in fan cable is in my opinion a very unfortunate one and actually the main reason for my down vote. Had they provided a short and long extension cable and a full set of coloured mounts my review would have been somewhat different. Due to this, I am trialling 2 x 140mm of a different brand in the front of my case. They seem good so far. If they stand up over time, I will have an option for my next build.Read more

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  9. Xander

    Up front, let me state that this is the one somewhat negative experience I’ve ever had of any Noctua product, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily because of Noctua. Unless I am mistaken, it seems that their fulfilment for these is done by Amazon itself, so I’m wondering if it’s actually a problem with Amazon’s return processing. But I bought one of these brand new and what actually arrived was one that had clearly been used: crew holes gouged out, filthy rubber anti-vibration pads (and one of the red pads totally missing), you name it. Amazon was quick to refund it, but it should never have happened in the first place. That being said, I did test the fan in my CPU cooler to try to decide whether I should buy another one or not. I was comparing apples and oranges here intentionally because I wanted to see if I could manage to get equivalent or near-equivalent performance out of this 120 mm fan that I was getting out of another Noctua 140 mm fan (the NF-P14r) whilst improving the symmetry and RAM clearance at the front of my NH-D14 cooler, since putting a 140 mm fan at the front of it means I have to mount it slightly off-centre on the heatsink to clear my (low profile) RAM and this is a minor aesthetic annoyance. I was fairly surprised to find that this thing almost manages it. I would say it depends on your priorities, really: if what you want is better RAM clearance and less noise, you could do much worse than this. If you just want the absolute best cooling performance no matter what, you might want to get a 140 mm fan like the NF-A15 HS-PWM or lower-cost NF-P14r, which will give slightly better results in that respect. But I do mean slightly. With two NF-P14r on my NH-D14, the temperature under 100% CPU load equalised at only 1 °C lower than having one NF-P14r in the middle and this NF-F12 on the front of the heatsink. At idle, there was no appreciable difference between them whatsoever. I tested this twice, switching back and forth just in case there would be any different at all if I mounted it in a slightly different position or in case it had been some sort of fluke, but got identical results both times. This thing has less airflow but less static pressure which seems to translate to almost equivalent cooling performance in practical terms when installed on the front of a heatsink. (Aside: my “new” one that had clearly been returned appeared to have been used in a stupid way which might be why it was returned… the screw holes that were gouged out were on the front side, as if they’d screwed the thing in as a case intake fan, but I kinda struggle to think why you’d use a 120 mm pressure-optimised fan for that purpose when you can get better airflow and general performance from a 140 mm fan or an airflow-optimised 120 mm one.) So if you want better RAM clearance with similar temps, this is probably what you’re after! NF-A15 HS-PWM (flagship 140 mm): 24.6 db/A noise | 140.2 m³/h airflow | 2.08 mm H2O static pressure NF-P14r redux (slightly more budget 140 mm, last gen tech repackaged): 25.8 db/A noise | 133.7 m³/h airflow | 1.91 mm H2O static pressure NF-F12 (this 120 mm fan): 25.8 db/A noise | 133.7 m³/h airflow | mm H2O static pressureRead more

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  10. Urworst

    OK so this review is solely based on having received a faulty unit. The fact i wasted over an hour dismantling my PC, removing a noisy fan, connecting this fan, cable tied cables for tidy install, closed case and booted up PC, only to find out fan didn’t work! I then tested the extension cable attached to this new fan by connecting up my old fan – it worked fine so the cable wasn’t at fault! I then took the Noctua fan to another PC. Connected it up and it didn’t work! I checked YouTube for a solution – wasted even more of my time! It’s faulty. Something that a quick quality control check should have picked up. I waited about 5 days on this fan. I actually read up on it and it’s what I needed but I’m so annoyed I’ve wasted time and energy with a sub-standard item. I now have to take time out of my day to repackage, post it back and wait for confirmation it has been received. Then After all that I will have to wait for a refund!Read more

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