Noctua NF-12x15 Slim Fan Performance Review

NA-SAC5 and NA-FC1

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The label on the simple black box informs us that what lies within is a SATA to 4pin power adapter cable.  In this case we have a pair of them to play with. 

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And here it is, in all it's glory, resting on a small foam rubber sheet insert we have the 300mm long NA-SACS adapter cable.  If we're honest we have to say that nice though the presentation is, it may well have cost more to make the box than the cable.

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Also for our delectation we have the NA-FC1 fan controller.  Like the adapter cable above, it also comes in a nice simple box.  Let's hope there's a little more inside this time.

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 Please tell me that's not it!  Please tell me there's more in here than this little box with a dial on it!

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And indeed there is more in here.  Quite a lot more in fact.  Along with the control box, which has an input and output side for the cables to attach to, there's an NA-EC1 extension cable, an NA-SC1 Splitter cable and an NA-AC4 input cable with power supply adapter.  The fan controller can be used as a conventional fan controller with a 12v feed, or in PWM mode where it will take a signal from the motherboard.  In fact, the fan controller can be used as a semi automatic PWM controller with the speed dial limiting the fan speed, whilst still under PWM control.  It also has a "No Stop" mode which guarantees that the fans will always turn even when set to their very lowest setting, or to a point where they might otherwise cease to rotate.  All in all a clever bit of kit, and we think an essential to keep on hand.

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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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