Noctua NF-12x15 Slim Fan Performance Review


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If you've read the introduction, you'll know that the NF-A20PWM is a 200mmx30mm fan.  Being a Noctua product no expense has been spared on packaging, with the fan coming in its own presentation box, which as you would expect offers all the detail and key features you could ever wish for.

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The instruction booklet (yes the fan comes with an instruction booklet), is tucked neatly into the lid of the box, with the fan itself nestling in a plastic insert 

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Lifting the insert out reveals the accessories box which along with the usual fan mounting screws contains four rubber low noise mounts, a fan splitter, a speed reducer and an extension cable.  As you can see, the instructions are also pretty extensive.

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As there's no real industry standard for mounting holes on 200mm fans, Noctua have tried to cover as many bases as possible.  As you can see in the image below, the NF-A20 has holes spaced at 154x154, as well as 110x180.  by including 170x170mm holes Noctua have also enabled the fan to be fitted to cases designed for 230mm and 250mm fans. 

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The A20 is also 30mm thick as opposed to the more usual 25mm, so if you're thinking of getting one, it's worth checking compatibility with your case. 

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Most Recent Comments

28-09-2017, 08:00:22

Well if there's a brown colored cooling liquid, I'd build a brown rig with transparent hard tubing. Together with some RGB lighting set to brown and a nice toilet case mod, it'd be perfect. I'd call it "The Brown Storm".

Don't judge me, pls.Quote

28-09-2017, 08:50:04

Found an error in the review...

Page 2

"The fan and accessories are further contained withing a plastic formed case that inserts into the outer box, and keeps everything nice and tidy."

Sound be "within"Quote

28-09-2017, 10:35:08

I'm using the Noctua slim fans on my Kraken X52 AIO, but because they clash with the color scheme of the rest of the build I did a little painting mod on the outer edges.

28-09-2017, 11:13:12

Perhaps slim Redux fans are up next for a color change?
I've got the industrials with black vibration dampeners and couldn't be happier.
Noctua, you HAVE the technology!
Offer the different colors!

On the other hand the color choice always does differentiate them aside from the excellent performance. You know it's a good product when it's a given the performance is there but you kind of assume the fellow who was responsible for the gray / black bodies/blades was taken out back and shot.Quote

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