Noctua NF-P12 Redux Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅19-05-18
Acoustic Results
We have recently made changes to our cooling department and the associated testing methodology, so please note that the number of results shown below will increase over time as we add additional products. We hope that these results will appear clearer to the majority of our readership and look forward to building upon the baselines that you see below.

Using a Noctua NA-FC1 fan control unit, all fans were set to 1,000 RPM which is generally considered a good balance between air flow and perceived acoustic quality. Whilst some fans may run at slower speeds, this is considered to be our baseline reading. Please also note that in the case of certain models, the NF-A20 for example, their maximum speed is actually beneath this threshold meaning their results will appear only in the subsequent ‘Maximum RPM’ test results. The distance tested at is 20cm from the fan, in a room with an ambient noise level of 25dB, and where the individual acoustic results are an average level over the set testing period.

The NF-P12 Redux isn’t particularly impressive in this test, but it pushes a reasonable amount of air at 1000RPM and makes a pleasant noise, which some others in this very tightly-packed bunch didn’t.

Ramping the fan all the way to 1700 RPM (or 1680, as our machine reported) heralded a much higher airflow and also more noise, but again, it wasn’t massively obtrusive and wasn’t far behind the much more expensive ML120 from Corsair.

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