Noctua was established in 2005 as a cooperative venture between the Austrian company Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation. In many ways this seems like a match made in heaven and, indeed, their “About us” page is a nice read. With over 10 years of experience in aircooling and selling both CPU coolers and fans, it was about time that I saw how well their products compared against the others I have had the pleasure of testing out. Thanks to Hank from Performance PCs, today we get to take a look at the Noctua NF-S12B Redux 1200-PWM fan.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
Keep in mind that the NF-S12B Redux also comes in a 3 pin, voltage controlled variant which boasts identical specs but I do not have personal experience with it yet. So I can not say for certain that the tests here are representative of the 3 pin model as well. We also see a tremendous 6 year warranty for the fan, advertised RPM specs of 400-1200 RPM (with a +/- 10% I grant for all fans) as well as a low maximum input current which in turn results in a low maximum input power (on a 12 V rail). The Noctua specific SSO bearing also means a promised MTBF of > 150, 000 hours and hence also the long warranty.
On the next page, we will take a look at the fan in detail.