• Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Brown)
Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Brown)

Noctua NF-S12A PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Brown)

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  • Premium quiet fan, 120x120x25 mm, 12V, 4-pin PWM, max. 1200 RPM, max. 17.8 dB(A), >150,000 h MTTF
  • Award-winning third-gen 120x25mm S12 fan with Anti-Stall Knobs and Advanced Acoustic Optimisation frame for superior quiet cooling performance
  • Airflow-optimised design for highly efficient, near-silent ventilation of PC cases and other chassis (intake & exhaust), cabinet cooling, etc.
  • 4-pin PWM version for automatic speed control via 4-pin PWM fan headers, broad 300-1200rpm speed range (900rpm max. with supplied Low-Noise Adaptor)
  • Includes anti-vibration mounts, fan screws, Low-Noise Adaptor, extension cable and y-cable for running two PWM fans on the same header

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Silence I can't complain with most Noctua fans. They are the highest quality fans on the market right now and typically have the best noise to performance ratio.It seems with the NF-S12A they prioritized noise too much over performance. I'll give it to them, this fan is pretty much silent at full speed but the air it moves is really not much compared to most similar classed fans.But then again this is just a subjective preference of mine. If you value complete silence in your build, this fan will help you with that. Personally I prefer to have a bit more performance.EDITI am changing my review from 3 to 5 stars.After a recent BIOS update, I am no longer able to control fans on one of my headers with a curve. The settings are now just off, idle, or 100%. I have quite a bit of fans in my system and I really wanted to utilize this particular header but I've had to simply not have fans in a place where I wanted some due to the noise caused by 100% speeds or ineffectiveness of idle speeds.I was dissatisfied until I recalled the Noctua NF-s12a. Now these fans are in the difficult header with the low noise adapter at 100% causing almost no additional noise to my system. At first I complained about the performance of these fans, but it turns out they were exactly what I needed for my situation.I thought this was going to be my first bad review of a Noctua fan. Guess I was wrong. Noctua has saved me yet again in regards to noise to performance ratio. 5Well worth the investment to make your machine quieter. I bought this to replace a fan I had on my H80i self contained water cooling system for my CPU. The fans would sound much like a vacuum when it would start revving up to cool the CPU down. It got to be loud enough to be a real annoyance while gaming or even just at idle.After installing this fan (there are two, I'll be buying another now to replace the second) I can already tell a major difference in sound. When it gets up to speed it no longer sounds like a prop engine winding up. The rubber corners help as well by reducing vibration against both the case and the radiator they are attached to.Even at full speed they are quieter than the old original fans, and I have not noticed any increase in temps when running the various stress programs over the old fans. 5Initial impressions are good I have three of these fans now: the first one I bought to replace the rear-mounted fan that came with my case; it is so quiet that I bought another two to replace the original front-mounted fans.These fans are very quiet, even without the included low-noise adapter.I like the short lead that is connected directly to the fan: the one on the rear-mounted fan reaches to the connector on the motherboard without leaving an excess length "flapping in the breeze." I used the included extension and splitter leads to connect the two front-mounted fans to a single motherboard connector.The fan came with a set of silicone-rubber anti-vibration mounts in addition to the conventional mounting screws, but I used the screws to mount the fan at the rear of the case, because that is the mounting style with which I was familiar. I did use the silicone-rubber mounts for the front fans, and I may yet try reinstalling the rear one with those instead.I am pleased that they do *not* have LEDs that I would have to try to find some way of disabling.Time will tell as far as durability is concerned, but the 6-year warranty is comforting. 5Looks? Function A+ I went with these for a low static pressure area of my case for max flow (Pay attention to this! You can read all the specs and intended function of the different models at the noctua website).I have used a lot of computer fans. I always thought these were a bit too different in appearance for my taste but gave them a try for this build all noctua.Noise level/cooling: These have a nice level of noise to the amount of cooling air pushed. That is easy to check by specs.Noise quality: This is not easy to check and is subjective. I think this is where Noctua really shines as they are pleasant even as the noise increases where a lot of other fans may have a whine or pitch that drives me crazy. There was one version of noctua fan that drove me crazy and this is not it. It is likely a personal preference, but for me these just blend into the background.Looks: That is all up to you. It does make the fans stand out a lot more than normal black. 5Best Fans I Have Ever Used Outstanding product. My new build incorporates 4 of these bad boys, as well as 2 of their 140mm big brothers and 1 92mm "little" fella. Ridiculous air flow, but so quiet that on my initial boot I didn't realize the system was powered up. Compare that to my last build, which while very powerful sounds like a Harrier jet taking off inside a sandstorm.. The color scheme works perfectly inside my military green Vengeance chassis. I can't recommend these fans enough. 5Wonderful, Efficient and Quiet Replacement for my RV I have a new AirStream trailer and the Dometic refrigerator has a cooling chimney of sorts with access from outside. There is a lower vent door where cool air comes in and a higher vent door where the hot air is expected to exit with the help of a rather noisy fan that comes on when the cooling fins get hot. On our first outing, the fan noise nearly drove my wife and I nuts. I added rubber isolating gaskets to the fan, but that only dropped the noise by 40%. After looking on some AirStream forums, I found that many RVers where replacing their fans with this fan. I bought two of them, added the noise reducing resistor (included), and I now have better airflow using less power and there is no detectable noise at all. See the before and after pictures. A word of caution, the connectors on the various wires can come loose easily, especially when wrapped with electrical tape to protect the wires from the elements. I found out the hard way, so I eliminated all of the connectors when wiring up these fans the second time around. Oh, for all of you RVers out there, the yellow wire goes to the 12V and the black wire to the ground. Ignore the blue and green wires. 5Excellent fan, well worth the money! Very awesome fan, so quiet I had to turn on "SpeedFan" just to make sure it was running!Temps dropped dramatically too, I have a "Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler" that had only a 3 pin connector for the radiator fan and it made such a loud noise (full RPM due to the 3 pin connector) that I bought this to take advantage of the PWM capabilities and swapped the fans out.Also, don't bother buying 4 pin splitters, this kit comes with tons of extra connectors/splitters/extenders that you don't need bother.Excellent purchase and well worth the money. 5Very quiet, but doesn't feel like it moves much air I know the fan is working. My motherboard monitor shows the RPM of the fan. I can't hear it at all though, and I don't feel much air coming from it.As for the quiet part, that is why I bought this particular fan. The fan speed is controlled by the motherboard, so if it gets really hot in there, it should spin faster and move more air.I built a new PC for my daughter as she starts college, and the aim for the build was to make something powerful, yet quiet so any noise wouldn't disturb her dorm mates.You have your choice of two mounting mechanisms: the traditional screws, or rubber mounts that dampen any vibrations and subsequent noise. I opted for the latter, and the rubber mounts certainly do their job. It is kind of tough to reach in and pull the tip of the mount so that is fully seats through the mount hole. I kept feeling like I was going to pull it apart because I had to apply so much force.It eventually came through, and it's working fine so far. 4High Quality, Quiet My first Noctua fan, and won't be my last. Extremely high quality parts and packaging. You truly get what you pay for. The fan is very quiet and moves a decent amount of air. I use it as my rear exhaust fan in my Fractal Design Define C Mini.The only issues I had were mainly due to my small microATX case. Installation of the rubber isolators was very difficult due to the small working area in my case with the motherboard and other components already installed. I had to use tweezers to pull on the tabs to get them through. Recommend removing everything in your case to install these to make it easier. Also, my case only has adjustable slider-style fan mounts. The rubber isolators won't stay exactly where you want them, but they settled on a spot about a half an inch down from the top of the adjustable slider. 5Realize this: there is no sound. Let me explain how quiet this fan is. I have a Noctua NF-F12 sitting on my CPU heatsink. That's also silent. Once I replaced an admittedly quiet (but not silent) case fan with this NF-S12A, I simply could not hear my computer. At all.Heck, at first I thought this very faint humming sound was my computer, and even that was rather quiet...then I realized it was my neighbor's air conditioning. Yeah. This fan is that quiet.Granted, Noctua still insists on using the rather bland tan and beige color scheme, but it's not like I spend my time looking inside my computer case. If you're not dead-set on sticking to an aesthetic for your case (and I know some people are, and it's your money) and you want a silent computer, buy Noctua. 5
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Silence I can't complain with most Noctua fans. They are the highest quality fans on the market right now and typically have the best noise to performance ratio.It seems with the NF-S12A they prioritized noise too much over performance. I'll give it to them, this fan is pretty much silent at full speed but the air it moves is really not much compared to most similar classed fans.But then again this is just a subjective preference of mine. If you value complete silence in your build, this fan will help you with that. Personally I prefer to have a bit more performance.EDITI am changing my review from 3 to 5 stars.After a recent BIOS update, I am no longer able to control fans on one of my headers with a curve. The settings are now just off, idle, or 100%. I have quite a bit of fans in my system and I really wanted to utilize this particular header but I've had to simply not have fans in a place where I wanted some due to the noise caused by 100% speeds or ineffectiveness of idle speeds.I was dissatisfied until I recalled the Noctua NF-s12a. Now these fans are in the difficult header with the low noise adapter at 100% causing almost no additional noise to my system. At first I complained about the performance of these fans, but it turns out they were exactly what I needed for my situation.I thought this was going to be my first bad review of a Noctua fan. Guess I was wrong. Noctua has saved me yet again in regards to noise to performance ratio. 5Well worth the investment to make your machine quieter. I bought this to replace a fan I had on my H80i self contained water cooling system for my CPU. The fans would sound much like a vacuum when it would start revving up to cool the CPU down. It got to be loud enough to be a real annoyance while gaming or even just at idle.After installing this fan (there are two, I'll be buying another now to replace the second) I can already tell a major difference in sound. When it gets up to speed it no longer sounds like a prop engine winding up. The rubber corners help as well by reducing vibration against both the case and the radiator they are attached to.Even at full speed they are quieter than the old original fans, and I have not noticed any increase in temps when running the various stress programs over the old fans. 5Initial impressions are good I have three of these fans now: the first one I bought to replace the rear-mounted fan that came with my case; it is so quiet that I bought another two to replace the original front-mounted fans.These fans are very quiet, even without the included low-noise adapter.I like the short lead that is connected directly to the fan: the one on the rear-mounted fan reaches to the connector on the motherboard without leaving an excess length "flapping in the breeze." I used the included extension and splitter leads to connect the two front-mounted fans to a single motherboard connector.The fan came with a set of silicone-rubber anti-vibration mounts in addition to the conventional mounting screws, but I used the screws to mount the fan at the rear of the case, because that is the mounting style with which I was familiar. I did use the silicone-rubber mounts for the front fans, and I may yet try reinstalling the rear one with those instead.I am pleased that they do *not* have LEDs that I would have to try to find some way of disabling.Time will tell as far as durability is concerned, but the 6-year warranty is comforting. 5Looks? Function A+ I went with these for a low static pressure area of my case for max flow (Pay attention to this! You can read all the specs and intended function of the different models at the noctua website).I have used a lot of computer fans. I always thought these were a bit too different in appearance for my taste but gave them a try for this build all noctua.Noise level/cooling: These have a nice level of noise to the amount of cooling air pushed. That is easy to check by specs.Noise quality: This is not easy to check and is subjective. I think this is where Noctua really shines as they are pleasant even as the noise increases where a lot of other fans may have a whine or pitch that drives me crazy. There was one version of noctua fan that drove me crazy and this is not it. It is likely a personal preference, but for me these just blend into the background.Looks: That is all up to you. It does make the fans stand out a lot more than normal black. 5Best Fans I Have Ever Used Outstanding product. My new build incorporates 4 of these bad boys, as well as 2 of their 140mm big brothers and 1 92mm "little" fella. Ridiculous air flow, but so quiet that on my initial boot I didn't realize the system was powered up. Compare that to my last build, which while very powerful sounds like a Harrier jet taking off inside a sandstorm.. The color scheme works perfectly inside my military green Vengeance chassis. I can't recommend these fans enough. 5Wonderful, Efficient and Quiet Replacement for my RV I have a new AirStream trailer and the Dometic refrigerator has a cooling chimney of sorts with access from outside. There is a lower vent door where cool air comes in and a higher vent door where the hot air is expected to exit with the help of a rather noisy fan that comes on when the cooling fins get hot. On our first outing, the fan noise nearly drove my wife and I nuts. I added rubber isolating gaskets to the fan, but that only dropped the noise by 40%. After looking on some AirStream forums, I found that many RVers where replacing their fans with this fan. I bought two of them, added the noise reducing resistor (included), and I now have better airflow using less power and there is no detectable noise at all. See the before and after pictures. A word of caution, the connectors on the various wires can come loose easily, especially when wrapped with electrical tape to protect the wires from the elements. I found out the hard way, so I eliminated all of the connectors when wiring up these fans the second time around. Oh, for all of you RVers out there, the yellow wire goes to the 12V and the black wire to the ground. Ignore the blue and green wires. 5Excellent fan, well worth the money! Very awesome fan, so quiet I had to turn on "SpeedFan" just to make sure it was running!Temps dropped dramatically too, I have a "Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler" that had only a 3 pin connector for the radiator fan and it made such a loud noise (full RPM due to the 3 pin connector) that I bought this to take advantage of the PWM capabilities and swapped the fans out.Also, don't bother buying 4 pin splitters, this kit comes with tons of extra connectors/splitters/extenders that you don't need bother.Excellent purchase and well worth the money. 5Very quiet, but doesn't feel like it moves much air I know the fan is working. My motherboard monitor shows the RPM of the fan. I can't hear it at all though, and I don't feel much air coming from it.As for the quiet part, that is why I bought this particular fan. The fan speed is controlled by the motherboard, so if it gets really hot in there, it should spin faster and move more air.I built a new PC for my daughter as she starts college, and the aim for the build was to make something powerful, yet quiet so any noise wouldn't disturb her dorm mates.You have your choice of two mounting mechanisms: the traditional screws, or rubber mounts that dampen any vibrations and subsequent noise. I opted for the latter, and the rubber mounts certainly do their job. It is kind of tough to reach in and pull the tip of the mount so that is fully seats through the mount hole. I kept feeling like I was going to pull it apart because I had to apply so much force.It eventually came through, and it's working fine so far. 4High Quality, Quiet My first Noctua fan, and won't be my last. Extremely high quality parts and packaging. You truly get what you pay for. The fan is very quiet and moves a decent amount of air. I use it as my rear exhaust fan in my Fractal Design Define C Mini.The only issues I had were mainly due to my small microATX case. Installation of the rubber isolators was very difficult due to the small working area in my case with the motherboard and other components already installed. I had to use tweezers to pull on the tabs to get them through. Recommend removing everything in your case to install these to make it easier. Also, my case only has adjustable slider-style fan mounts. The rubber isolators won't stay exactly where you want them, but they settled on a spot about a half an inch down from the top of the adjustable slider. 5Realize this: there is no sound. Let me explain how quiet this fan is. I have a Noctua NF-F12 sitting on my CPU heatsink. That's also silent. Once I replaced an admittedly quiet (but not silent) case fan with this NF-S12A, I simply could not hear my computer. At all.Heck, at first I thought this very faint humming sound was my computer, and even that was rather quiet...then I realized it was my neighbor's air conditioning. Yeah. This fan is that quiet.Granted, Noctua still insists on using the rather bland tan and beige color scheme, but it's not like I spend my time looking inside my computer case. If you're not dead-set on sticking to an aesthetic for your case (and I know some people are, and it's your money) and you want a silent computer, buy Noctua. 5
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