Noctua NF-R8 and NF-S12 Cooling Fans



I have chosen to test the Noctua NF Series fans using my Scythe Karma Meter as rheobus of choice. The fans will be initially tested using the supplied U.L.N.A 3-pin to 4-pin adapter, L.N.A adaptor and then directly onto the Karma Meter.

3-4 pin connector

Using the supplied U.N.L.A ans L.N.A adaptor made the fans totally silent.

Noctua NF-S12 Noctua NF-R8

Again running the fan straight off the Karma Meter produced pleasing results; complete silence bar the slight sound of moving air.

Let's for interest sake compare the Noctua NF Series fans with some of the other leading brands out there and see how they compare. I have taken the liberty of converting the air volume to CFM:

Noctua 120mm (1200 RPM) 1200 RPM 48.0 CFM 17.0 dB(A)
Noctua 120mm (800 RPM) 800 RPM 35.0 CFM 8.0 dB(A)
YATE LOON D12SL 120mm 1300 RPM 35.0 CFM 19.0 dB(A)
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm 800 RPM 33.5 CFM 8.7 dB(A)

Noctua 80mm NF-R8 1800 RPM 30.0 CFM 17.0 dB(A)
Sunon 80mm Fan (BX) 3500 RPM 50.6 RPM 40.6 dB(A)
Thermaltake 80mm A1098 2900 RPM 37.0 CFM 30.0 dB(A)
Vantec 80mm Tornado 5700 RPM 84.1 CFM 55.2 dB(A)

First though, I'd like to point out that the Noctua fans have nearly the best CFM to RPM ratio of all the fans I've listed. Which in reality means that there is something special about these fans, and the R & D that has gone into them is not just technical jargon used by the manufaturer to talk up their product. It's also interesting to note that amongst the 120mm fans I have listed, the 800 RPM Noctua NF-S12 had the best ratio of CFM to dB(A). And amongst the 80mm fans, the Noctua NF-R8 is definitely the clear winner.

Let's head over to the next page to see how the Noctua NF Series fans performed as a whole.

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Most Recent Comments

18-01-2007, 06:12:05

Noctua, is a name synonymous with silent cooling solutions. Today we give their NF-R8 and NF-S12 Cooling fans a workout in the OC3D Review labs, to see if the silent types can deliver.


18-01-2007, 06:32:45

Nice job PV. Decent looking set of fans!Quote

18-01-2007, 06:41:23

Silence is golden...or was that brown Quote

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