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Noctua NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow Cooling Fan Review - Noise Levels

Noctua's new NF-F12 PWM Focused Flow fans are the bomb. Read why you want one right here.

| Cooling Fans in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 11:44 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%      Manufacturer: Noctua

Noise Levels

 

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The sound levels recorded during these tests was near impossible to measure.

 

The sound of the pump was definitely now the loudest part of this cooling arrangement. So what I did was to use on the Enermax cooler at both stock while idling for the idle results. With the PWM IC in full charge of the fans speed, I really couldn't hear the fan operating and as the reading on the meter showed, 25 dB at this level is really great results.

 

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Since the Enermax cooler was reaching eighty degrees I figured it was a much better test for the higher end of the PWM scale and with verification of the fans speed in AIDA64 I saw I was running at 1276 RPM and at this point I was hearing a slight whine from the fan, but still it was able to keep the level down to 45 dB at this end of the spectrum.

 

This is very impressive for a 120mm fan and it shows that Noctua even improved on their own numbers from previous fans they have designed thus far.

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