Noctua NF-R8 and NF-S12 Cooling Fans



To be quite honest the Noctua NF-S12 and NF-R8 fans are very impressive. Now I'm not intending to wax lyrically about Noctua, but these fans are well worth the £15.97 /AUS$29.95 (NF-S12 1200 & 800 RPM), and £9.35/AUS$21.95 (NF-R8) respectively. Although, some people will baulk at the price, they are really worth investing in if you're after a silent and effective cooling solution for your HTPC or even PC.

Firstly, the R&D that has gone into them is very apparent, the build quality is exceptional right down to the classy cable sleeving provided as standard. And the colour scheme is surprisingly starting to grow on me the longer I spend with them. Admittedly, if you're looking for extremely high CFM fans and silence isn't a main priority, then there are more able fans out there. But, for those who value silence...The Noctua NF-S12 and NF-R8 are a must have!

I have decided to award Noctua the innovation award based on them providing a truly well rounded product. I must admit that my first foray into the world of Noctua has been an extremely pleasant one.


+ Extremely quiet
+ Impressive 6 year warranty
+ Quality build
+ Excellent cooling considering the low RPM


- Colour scheme may not be to everyone's taste
- Pricing may be considered a little agressive by some

Innovation Award

A huge thanks goes out to Noctua for providing the NF-S12 and NF-R8 fans for review.

Feel free to discuss this review in our forum

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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

18-01-2007, 06:50:35

Aye silence is brown. They are awesome fans. I know, I've got two of em Quote

18-01-2007, 06:53:25

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Nice job PV. Decent looking set of fans!
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Silence is golden...or was that brown
Originally Posted by name='Kempez™'
Aye silence is brown. They are awesome fans. I know, I've got two of em
Thanks lads, and like I said in the review the colours are really starting to grow on me. They really are awesome fans though Quote

18-01-2007, 07:06:09

Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Thanks lads, and like I said in the review the colours are really starting to grow on me. They really are awesome fans though
I actually like the colors myself. Quite different. Also, great CFM for such a low noise output May have to invest in a pair of these.Quote

18-01-2007, 09:38:40

Mr. Smith
I recently read a review of these at SilentPC after Kemp recommended them to me - they came out on top.

This review confirms they are worthy of my mullah! I absolutely HATE the colours though...Quote

18-01-2007, 13:38:55

just repaint em.Quote

18-01-2007, 13:43:55

I would really like to get these fans but with a clear case and those colors... Quote

18-01-2007, 15:57:49

I like the colors . I'll stick with my yates/pana's tho.Quote

18-01-2007, 19:19:33

Look like some very nice fans, but they definitely need a paint job, imo.Quote

28-01-2007, 14:26:09

Another excellent review of a great product. At first I heard BROWN fan and changed the page thinking "what were they thinking?"

But after reading the review and really looking at them they look kind of nice. And since there is definately a lack of good engineering these days it was nice to see these fans.

I spent $30 ea. for my Silenx fans when they came out so the price seems fair for a good product.Quote

29-01-2007, 02:56:43

Thanks mate I'm glad you found the review a good read. Tbh I don't even notice the colours nowQuote

29-01-2007, 03:31:48

I have to say that these are far superior to the SilenX fans I have in noise>airflow ratioQuote

29-01-2007, 03:54:45

Originally Posted by name='Kempez™'
I have to say that these are far superior to the SilenX fans I have in noise>airflow ratio
I wish I had seen this thread a few days earlier before I ordered new fans. I could have tried these.

I do know with a little work (actually a LOT) I have quieted the Silenx fans I have (IXP-76-18) a bunch. I am using a synthetic grease with teflon spacers and I massaged the blades (I REALLY need a life) to make them smoother.

Mabye the next case Il give these a try.Quote

29-01-2007, 08:24:07

They may perform but they are ugly.. Quote

30-01-2007, 16:25:04

Thanks for the review, I seriously considered buying a few NF-S12 (1200 RPM) fans a wee while ago but didn't want to pay £18 each (at the time) just to see if the hype was true. The cheapest I can find them now is £13 so I might get the wallet out. I have a couple of questions:

The manufacturer data on page 1 of your review says "Voltage Range: 4-13 V". Did you test what minimum voltage the fan would startup & run continuously at? 4V seems a bit low to me.

Do you see any problems with me running this fan horizontally on my radiator (i.e. with the fan pointing at the ceiling)? I seem to remember someone telling me that some types of fan (possibly sleave fans) don't like being run whilst pointing upwards (not sure what SSO-Bearings are).Quote

31-01-2007, 10:25:12

It's nice to know that even the HS/F companies are making better products, but that color... wow. Martha Stewart might actually get wet between the thighs with these fans. (Can you see her doing a show on building a nice, esthetically pleasing pc?)


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