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NF-S12B ULN Ultra Low Noise 120mm Cooling Fan, 500/700 RPM
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Noctua NF-S12B ULN Ultra Low Noise 120mm Cooling Fan, 500/700 RPM

The NF-S12B ULN is a premium quality fan for ultra-low-noise applications where maximum quietness has top priority.

Succeeding the vastly successful NF-S12, the NF-S12B is a next generation quiet fan featuring Noctua’s advanced SCD2 technology as well as a highly optimised blade geometry with Bevelled Blade Tips that improves its award-winning predecessor’s airflow efficiency by up to 10%. Topped off with Noctua’s time-tested SSO-Bearing, six years warranty and super-slow 700/500 RPM speed settings, the NF-S12B ULN is a premium quality fan for ultra-low-noise applications where maximum quietness has top priority.

Features

  1. Highly optimised impeller with Bevelled Blade Tips
  2. Two speed settings for maximum quietness
  3. Smooth Commutation Drive 2
  4. SSO-Bearings
  5. Noise levels from only 5 dB(A)
  6. Six year warranty

SpecificationsNF-S12B ULN
Size120x120x25 mm
BearingSSO-Bearing
Blade GeometryNF-S12B Blade Design with BBT
Rotational Speed ±10%700 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. ±10%500 RPM
Airflow33.5 CFM
Airflow with U.L.N.A.22.5 CFM
Acoustical Noise6.8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.5 dB(A)
Static Pressure0.44 mm H2O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A.0.23 mm H2O
Input Power0.6 W
Input Current0.05 A
Voltage Range12 V
MTBF> 150.000 h
Warranty72 months
EAN barcode4716123313311
SpecificationsNF-S12B ULN
Size120x120x25 mm
BearingSSO-Bearing
Blade GeometryNF-S12B Blade Design with BBT
Rotational Speed ±10%700 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. ±10%500 RPM
Airflow33.5 CFM
Airflow with U.L.N.A.22.5 CFM
Acoustical Noise6.8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with U.L.N.A.5 dB(A)
Static Pressure0.44 mm H2O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A.0.23 mm H2O
Input Power0.6 W
Input Current0.05 A
Voltage Range12 V
MTBF> 150.000 h
Warranty72 months
EAN barcode4716123313311

Customer Reviews

Not silent - but very quiet

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I’ve installed 2 of these to replace the stock fans in a Fractal Design R3 case - which were quite intrusive. The result is a much quieter PC that now just emits a low frequency noise rather than the whine and buzz of the stock fans.

A review

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Looked at it the wrong way and one of the spokes fell off. Solved the resulting vibration problem by letting it hang nonchalantly from a single plastic fastener, where it swings back and forth looking preposterous while reducing the case temperature by a few degrees. I’ve given it 10 out of 10, as it’s the best swinging, spoke-challenged fan in its class.

Quiet PC replied on 9th August 2011

Many thanks for the humorous review and sorry to hear about the fan. If you would like it to be replaced under warranty do get in touch.

Great fan

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Can’t believe I didn’t upgrade sooner. This is very, very quiet, easy to install and comes with all the bits you are likely to need. Highly recommended. Also the postage of the item was super quick, thanks Quiet PC!

Excellent Product

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I currently have two of these connected to my fan controller and I can get RPMs down to 260- at these speeds they really are silent, even with your head directly next to the case. Naturally, airflow suffers at this RPM but as most of us know, just a little airflow makes all the difference over HDDs etc

When cranked right up they are noticeable but never really distracting. It’s a very ‘even’ sound that most people would get accustomed to. In all practicality, you would only ever need to turn these right up when gaming. You then wouldn’t be able to hear them over the sounds from your game so this shouldn’t matter on a day-to-day basis.

In an Antec P183 case (as is the case with my set up) with it’s excellent sound dampening properties, you could easily afford to have these at a respectable RPM without noticing a difference in noise levels.

To summarise, this is a perfect case fan if you want silence at the expense of high airflow.

Product Resources

FAQ

  • How do I measure fan size?

    The size of fan you need will generally be determined by the size of the fan fitting position in your PC case. The sizes of all the fans on our website are shown as measured along any one of the fan’s four sides, NOT the distance between the fan’s screw holes! Our most popular fan size is 120mm, followed by 80mm. This isn’t really dictated by customer preference, but more by recent designs of PC cases.

    As for the thickness (depth) of the fan, generally 25mm (1 inch) is by far the most common depth, although smaller fans can have shallower depths such as 15mm or even 10mm. All our fans are 25mm thick unless otherwise stated. If you have any questions about which fan you should order, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    If you know the distance between the fan mounting screw holes but don’t know what fan size to order, please see the following table. Note that the mounting hole measurements shown below are taken horizontally or vertically between the holes and not diagonally.

    Screw hole spacings and fan sizes

    32mm between screw holes:40mm fan size
    40mm between screw holes:50mm fan size
    50mm between screw holes:60mm fan size
    60mm between screw holes:70mm fan size
    72mm between screw holes:80mm fan size
    83mm between screw holes:92mm fan size
    105mm between screw holes:120mm fan size


  • I received a small cable (resistor) with my fan; what is it for?

    The resistor cable (also called Ultra Low Noise or ULN cable) is designed to allow the fan to run slightly slower for even quieter operation. The benefit in lower running noise is significant. Although the airflow will be reduced slightly, this usually has minimal effect on PC temperature. We would generally recommend using the ULN resistor cable for best results in almost all circumstances.

  • How can I tell which way the air blows through the fan?

    Hold the fan so that the round fan sticker is facing you. You are looking at the rear of the fan. When you plug the fan in, the air will be blowing towards you. If you want a fan to act as an air intake, then the fan sticker will be facing the inside of the case. Some fans also have two small arrows moulded into their plastic housing - one arrow shows the direction of airflow, and the other (at 90°) shows the direction of blade rotation.

  • Is it possible to use a 4-pin PWM fan or CPU cooler with a motherboard which has only 3-pin fan headers on it?

    Electrically, there is no problem doing this - the fourth pin on the fan cable is used purely for PWM control and is not needed in order for the fan to run. So you can plug the 4-pin fan connector onto the 3-pin motherboard fan header, leaving the fourth pin not connected to anything. The fan will potentially run at full speed, so if you would like to reduce the speed of the fan you will need to adjust the fan speed setting in your BIOS or use fan control software such as SpeedFan in Windows.

    The only other problem to consider is that occasionally, components immediately adjacent to the motherboard fan header can get in the way of the larger 4-pin fan connector, physically preventing connection. This problem also occurs if you try to use an in-line fan speed controller such as the one made by Gelid.

    Another avenue to explore is the possibility of using a bay-mounted fan controller. Several models are available now which provide 4-pin fan headers, so this is an easy way to use 4-pin PWM fans in a PC system which has only 3-pin fan headers on its motherboards. When using this method, you may find it necessary to disable any fan warning settings in your motherboard BIOS, since the motherboard may incorrectly believe that its CPU fan has failed when the fan is connected to a fan controller rather than directly to the motherboard itself.

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