Noctua NF-P12 Redux, NF-A12x25 Fans and Accessories Review

NF-P12 Redux Fan Series


Specifically designed for pressure demanding applications such as CPU or radiator cooling, the classic NF-P12 is a long-standing
favourite among enthusiast users around the world and helped to found Noctua’s reputation as a top-tier manufacturer of premium quality quiet cooling components. The new redux edition reissues this award-winning model in a streamlined, accessibly priced package that has been reduced to the essential core: the NF-P12 premium fan. Its industry grade SSO bearing, over 150.000 hours MTTF rating and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty make the NF-P12 redux a proven premium choice that provides trusted Noctua quality at an attractive price point. The 1300rpm PWM version features Noctua’s proprietary NE-FD1 PWM IC for automatic speed control, which allows to strike a perfect balance between high cooling capacity and low noise operation in each given situation.

 

Noctua Redux fans are probably the most popular but I guess that also because of a lower price. These fans are based on older but also a great design. In the box, we won’t find much more than four screws for fan installation. Many users find it just right as they won’t need additional extension cables or low-noise adaptors. Everything else can be also purchased separately so it’s not an issue.

The first thing which is hard to miss is the fact that Redux fans are gray. Personally, I like it more than the brown used in other series.

There are a couple of features which are described below. What is probably the most important for most users is that Redux fans offer high air pressure what is good especially for radiators and heatsinks. It’s a perfect option for water cooling. Besides the high performance, we can count on silent work. Fans are really quiet either installed on radiators or installed as airflow fans in the PC case.

Below is a list of key features. I won’t describe it again as Noctua made it perfectly on its website.

 

Key Features

Proven NF-P12 design

Proven NF-P12 design

Tens of thousands of quiet cooling enthusiasts around the globe swear by Noctua’s classic NF-P12. Thanks to its impressive quietness, excellent performance and impeccable quality, the NF-P12 has become an established reference for quiet 120mm fans.
 
Streamlined redux edition

Streamlined redux edition

The redux product line reissues some of Noctua’s most popular, award-winning models by presenting them in streamlined, accessibly priced packages. All redux edition products are industry proven, time-tested models that helped to found Noctua’s reputation as a first-tier supplier of premium grade low noise cooling equipment.
 
Pressure-optimised Nine-Blade Design

Pressure-optimised Nine-Blade Design

Specifically developed for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers, water-cooling radiators or cases with tight fan grills, the NF-P12’s nine-blade impeller provides outstanding pressure and airflow performance.
 
Vortex-Control Notches

Vortex-Control Notches

Noctua’s signature Vortex-Control Notches split up trailing edge vortices and thus spread the fan’s noise emission over a wider range of frequencies. This measure makes the fan sound more pleasant to the human ear.
 
Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the fan uses Noctua’s custom-designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching noises and thus makes the fan quieter at low speeds.
 
Stops at 0% PWM

Stops at 0% PWM

When the fan is set to 0% PWM duty cycle by the motherboard or PWM fan controller, it will stop. This makes it ideal for creating setups with semi-passive cooling that automatically turn the fans off and thus run completely silent at idle if thermals allow.
 
Smooth Commutation Drive 2

Smooth Commutation Drive 2

The latest version of Noctua’s advanced Smooth Commutation Drive system ensures superb running smoothness by eliminating torque variations and switching noises. This makes the fan remarkably quiet even at very close distances.
 
SSO-Bearing

SSO-Bearing

Combining the proven concept of hydrodynamic bearing with an additional magnet that supports the self-stabilisation of the rotor axis, Noctua’s time-tested technology has become synonymous with supremely quiet operation and exceptional long-term stability.
 
Optional accessories

Optional accessories

Users can choose from Noctua’s wide range of optional accessories such as anti-vibration mounts, Low-Noise-Adaptors, y-cables, 3:4 pin adaptors or extension cables to upgrade redux edition fans according to their individual needs.
 
Colour-customisable with NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads

Colour-customisable with NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads

The fan’s frame can be outfitted with Noctua’s chromax line NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration pads. Available in black, red, blue, white, green and yellow, these pads not only damp minute vibrations but also allow the fan to be colour-customised in order to coordinate it with popular build colour schemes!
 
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the redux edition models feature an MTTF rating of more than 150.000 hours and come with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.

 

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