Noctua NF-P12 Cooling Fan
When it comes to review conclusions I have to say I try my best to present everything fairly and concisely, highlighting positive and negative points with the product, as one would expect. That being said, I am finding it difficult to fault this products performance. It really does tick all the boxes, by providing the airflow of a high-performance fan while producing the same noise as fans that have needed to compromise airflow to obtain their low decibel output.
The previous Noctua case fans that Overclock3D reviewed came with a slightly hefty price tag of around £15 (now around £13.50). The NF-P12 however has hit the market at an RRP of £13.85 (EUR 19.90) and be found over at WaterCoolingUK for a similar price. This will definitely seem a little expensive to some prospective purchasers, but in my opinion is well worth it if silence is your biggest priority. Should it hit the shelves in the UK at this price, Noctua are certainly onto a winner and this fan would certainly by my first choice were I to build a HTPC or silence orientated PC.
* Very quiet even without adapters
* Improved static pressure and high airflow for noise and RPM
* Good build quality of the fan and cabling
* Long lasting, self stabilising bearing
* Nicely packaged with good bundled extras
* 6 Year Warranty
* Colour scheme will not be to everyone's liking
* Would have been nice to see braiding on adapters
* Price may be a little high for some
So, with the rather long list of positive features, I'm happy to award the Noctua NF-P12 the Overclock3D's Editors Choice Award.
Addendum (15/12/07) - Static pressure testing has now been completed for this fan and you can find it here.