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Noctua NF-S12B Fan Review

When the pioneers in silent cooling bring out a new ultra-quiet cooling fan, there’s a lot of expectations to live up to. Not only do they have to outpeform the previous generation but keep ahead of the market in terms of technology. Who are the pioneers in silent cooling? Does the question really need to be asked? Of course it’s Noctua, the Austrian based manufacturer of fans, thermal pastes, cpu heatsinks – the list goes on! . With fans, unlike TIM, the brand and specifications count for everything. The difference is also much greater not only in terms of sound levels, but overall system and CPU temperatures.

In the past, silent yet high performance fans were a rarity, nowadays everyone’s trying to achieve the previously unachievable. Noctua are a premium brand, their fans cost more than the competition for a very good reason! The fans come with the best build quality possible and perform very well yet remain incredibly quiet. Build quality, on a fan!? In previous fan reviews we’ve seen fans that haven’t had braiding finished off, fans that serve no purpose of existence and fans that require you to wear headphones to cope with the sound! With Noctua, none of that is an issue. Premium components are used and all fans are backed by an incredible 6 year warranty!

Here’s a little bit of background information on Noctua:

“Noctua comes from a cooperation of the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation, pooling more than ten years of experience in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-end cooling components. Established in 2005, Noctua took the international silent enthusiasts’ hearts by storm and quickly developed into one of the most acclaimed suppliers of premium quality quiet cooling products. Today, Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and working with several hundred sales partners. Chosen by noise conscious PC users, system integrators and industry clients alike, Noctua has become synonymous with impeccable quality, excellent customer service and class leading quiet cooling performance.”

In reference to our previous comments on Noctua’s build quality, here’s what Noctua have to say about Quality and Service:

“In a market that’s increasingly driven by cost saving rather than customer dedication and flooded with branded budget products, we take pride in striving for excellence both in product and service quality. For example, our heatsinks feature all soldered joints for maximum performance and durability, our fans’ 150,000h+ MTBF is backed up by a full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty and when AMD introduced AM2 and Intel introduced LGA1366, we provided thousands of users with mounting kits for free. As a result, an ever growing base of avid Noctua users not only swears by the thoroughgoing premium quality of our products, but also by our excellent, customer-friendly service.”

Enough rambling, onto the fan itself!

Next: A closer look

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