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Which 120mm fan?

Noctua’s 120mm fans are premium quality solutions that have been thoroughly optimised to achieve the best possible results in specific fields of application. Each of the three models works fine in all typical environments, so you can’t go wrong with either of them, but choosing the model that is best suited for your application can help you to obtain even better results:

NF-S12A NF-P12 NF-F12
Case Ventilation
Heatsink & Radiator Performance

NF-S12A: The NF-S12A has been optimised for “low impedance” applications that don’t require high static pressure and thus combines moderate pressure with outstanding airflow and superb quietness of operation. Choose the NF-S12A for case ventilation, applications with little or no obstruction to airflow as well as all other applications where minimum noise emission has first priority.

NF-P12: The NF-P12 has been designed with more pressure demanding “high impedance” applications in mind. It provides an even balance of high static pressure, high airflow and excellent quietness, which has made it a standard choice for low noise CPU cooling, cases with tight fan grills and other low noise cooling applications with mid- to high airflow resistance.

NF-F12: The NF-F12’s unique Focused Flow™ system produces extremely high static pressure and focuses the airflow in order to achieve even better results on air cooling heatsinks and water cooling radiators. With a top speed of 1500rpm, it also offers more performance headroom for less noise-sensitive applications. Choose the NF-F12 if you’re looking for the best possible performance on heatsinks and radiators.

Noctua 120mm Fans Comparison

24.07.2014 - PC Update NH-D15
Test verdict: "Pour qui a de la place ou n’aime pas les AiO, le Noctua NH-D15 est la nouvelle référence absolue en refroidissement par air." (Thomas Olivaux, PC Update)

24.07.2014 - NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
Test verdict: "Como se esperaba, el precio de estos ventiladores IndustrialPPC es significativamente más alto. Pero si necesitas un ventilador duradero para tu servidor o sistema cotidiano, estos ventiladores son muy recomendables." (Zhiye Liu,

23.07.2014 - The Mod Zoo NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM
Test verdict: "I give the Noctua Redux and InustrialPPC fan lines five golden nanners for fantastic quality, renowned design and giving the nod to enthusiasts with appealing colors!" (Bill Owen, The Mod Zoo)

23.07.2014 - NH-D15
Test verdict: "The Noctua NH-D15 is an excellent, if not the best product currently available in the air cooling category" (Andrew James,