Noctua NF-P12 Static Pressure Performance

Testing

Testing
 
After running both the 800 and 1200 RPM versions of the Noctua NF-S12 120mm fans through our ghetto static pressure tester, we can see that they didn't fare very well. Please bear in mind that although the chart shows 0 cm/H2O of static pressure, it does in fact fall somewhere between 0 and 0.099 cm/H2O.
 
Noctua NF-S12 static pressure chart
 
Now this is looking better...the new Noctua NF-P12 shows a marked improvement in static pressure. Once again the static pressure shows 0.1 cm/H2O on our chart, but in reality would fall somewhere between 0.1 and 0.199 cm/H2O.
 
Noctua NF-P12 static pressure chart
 
We can see the increase in air flow of the Noctua NF-P12 over the older NF-S12 series.
 
Free air flow performance
 
And again once we try and measure the air flow through the radiator, the NF-P12 is the only fan that has enough static pressure to force the air through the radiator fins to register air flow on the Anemometer.
 
Radiator air flow
 
 Utilising both the NF-S12 and NF-P12 120mm fans on the radiator for our cooling tests yielded some interesting results. I have included some Scythe S-FLEX results in the chart to help make a comparison. The NF-S12 800 gets left behind at 7v, but the NF-P12 performs better than the Scythe S-FLEX's thanks to its increased static pressure. The NF-P12 certainly has the goods and it performs well whilst being almost totally quiet. Excellent effort Noctua!
 
Noctua NF-P12 vs NF-S12 Temperature Comparison
Voltage (v)7v7v12v12v
Radiator probe configInOutInOut
NF-P1233.4 DegC32.2 DegC31.6 DegC30.2 DegC
NF-S12 800
38.2 DegC36.2 DegC34.6 DegC33.2 DegC
S-Flex 80036.1 DegC35.7 Deg C33.6 DegC32.7 DegC
S-Flex 120033.4 Deg C32.9 DegC32.3 DegC31.2 Deg C
S-Flex 160033.3 DegC32.3 DegC31.8 DegC30.6 DegC
 
 Let's have a quick look over the page to see what we can summarise from this short performance review...
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14-12-2007, 09:32:20

PV5150
As a follow up to Llwyd's great review on the Noctua NF-P12 we have some hard figures now for the static pressure made available by these fans.

Noctua NF-P12 testing

14-12-2007, 10:10:20

llwyd
Brilliant work PV as usual

14-12-2007, 10:17:21

PV5150
No, thank you mate. I've only added the info that we couldn't get done for your review. But I'm glad you liked it I'll put a link in your review now as I'm about to head off to bed.
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