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I replaced these fans with the generic 120mm fans on my server rack, and it's a fantastic improvement. My server rack usually runs about 70-80dB, after replacing them with these Noctua fans, they are silent AF. 100% speed @ 1700rpm with 5 of them produce 44.6dB all together. I'm so amazed. Cooling is also more effective, GPU temps were 87 degrees before the upgrade and I got 8 Quadro RTX 8000, now it's like running 67 degrees at constant load. Freakin Impressive.
So I had eight fans (6x Arctic F12 PST 1350rpm - 2x deepcool 120 Pressure fans) installed (2x exhaust rear and top, x2 directed at GPU using a PCi Bracket gadget, 2x pulling on a deepcool 240EX Radiator that has two fans already. I was getting... CPU 38.c idle 64.c load ---GPU 36.c Idle 82.c Load
CPU using handbrake........ 64.c CPU playing Red Dead 2... 57.c GPU playing Red Dead 2....82.c
Now I have six fans (4x Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM + 2x Deepcool 120 Pressure Fans) installed (2x NF-P12 exhaust rear and top, 2x Deepcool directed at GPU using a PCi Bracket gadget, 2x NF-P12 Pushing on a deepcool 240EX Radiator. I am getting... CPU 29.c idle 55.c load ---GPU 31.c Idle 70.c Load
CPU using handbrake........ 55.c CPU playing Red Dead 2... 45.c GPU playing Red Dead 2....70.c
SOUND...... all i can say "SILENCE" using bios Q-FAN 40% on all fans curve when hits 50.c goes slightly up but still SILENT (READY FOR SUMMER TIME)
Needed to replace the exhaust fan on my PC after it started to make a whirring noise that quickly became irritating. After reading the reviews on Noctua fans I decided to get one to see what the fuss was about. It's a brilliant fan, makes no noise at all and will be replacing my other fans to Noctua when they go.
Only issue is that it was not available in black so bought this grey version. My PC has a tinted glass side panel and the grey looks black through it. However, if it was clear glass it may contrast with the rest of your computer. There are kits by Noctua to change the colour of them but these are rather expensive.
Overall, as I am not bothered by the colour and was more interested in noise level, these were the optimal choice at the price point.
These fans are the cheaper version. It seems that the only real change is the accessories in the box and the mounting. These installed in my case perfectly and despite the lack of anti vibration mountings they don’t vibrate. That said, I’ve never had a case fan vibrate. The first thing I noticed was a lack of noise. With the system at idle there is a good amount of air moving through. When gaming the fans move a huge amount of air and yet I can hear them over anything else. In a silent room you can hear the air move but that’s about it. I’m not sure if these ever got to full speed but they seem so efficient they probably wouldn’t need to. Everything in my case stays much cooler than with these fans than the ones that came with the case. The colour... it just doesn’t go with a black and red themed case. As this is more personal preference I won’t mark the fan done, it’s just a shame there aren’t more colours (for the price).
Overall I’m really pleased with how these perform and how easily they install.
The Noctua Redux range is a reduced cost fan range with the only reason that the fans are cheaper being that the accessories normally found with their Chromax, Premium or Industrial range of fans.
That being said the build quality is the same as the other ranges and the Fans are still just as good as the other ranges from Noctua... Just because it is a little cheaper does not make them worse, it is just not the case with these. They are excellent fans that run virtually silent even when at 100%... I have 2x 120mm and 2x 140mm as case fans in a NZXT H210 Red/Black Case.. When the fans are at 100% there is an increase of about 3db total for myself.
It is recommended to pick up some Chromax Anti-Vibration pads to got with the color scheme of your machine, as they will help with vibrations and make the fans look that much better.
Buy Noctua fans with confidence.. to be honest any of their range are excellent.
I bought a Vetroo V5 Air Cooler for my CPU, but due to some carelessness on my part, couldn't use the RGB fan that came with it. After a fair bit of research I bought the Noctua NF-P12 Redux PWM fan and paired it with the finstack of the Vetroo V5, and I have to say, I'm very impressed with this fan. Outside of gaming, my CPU rarely rises above 40 degrees, and the fan rarely goes to100% usually running at 45% or less. In gaming it sometimes rises above 50 degrees, and the fan ramps to 100% for some of that time. Honestly though, I find I have little to worry about, and so far this fan hasn't disappointed, and my system hasn't fallen over, even though there is a mini heatwave where I am!! In finishing, al I can say is Im very happy and satisfied with this product
So whilst building a budget repurposed PC I came across these. The motherboard can get them up to about 1650 RPM, and they pull air through a radiator fine. At normal use CPU temperature went down from 56 degrees C to 39 degrees C.
TL;DR version, at £12.45 they are a steal. Don't just buy one, buy a few, because at this price I don't see them being available for long. The Akasa Vipers come in at a close second, and if these Noctuas were at their normal price, I would have gone with the Vipers.
I recently bought a cooler with heatsink to replace one that was triggering my motherboard to throw a "CPU Fan Error" message on start up and would refuse to start unless the wire for it was jiggled or re-seated. I installed it a couple weeks later to find that it cooled the system well but the 120mm fan that came with it was making a horrible high pitched whine (as if the fan had been used for years). I didn't think much of it until I sat in silence with just the computer running and I can honestly say it was like a form of torture.
I bought two of these fans (120mm) with the 4 pin lead to place on both sides of the cooler and they worked perfectly. Now all I hear is a gentle type of wind noise while my computer stays cool. These fans are worth the money and do the job just fine for cooling my Ryzen 5 3600.
My set up is as follows:
Two intake fans on the front of my machine pulling air into the case, One of these Noctua fans pulling air through the heatsink, The other taking air away from the heatsink blowing it towards the exhaust fan on the back of the computer.
Monitoring temperatures, my computer idles at around 35 degrees C with some fairly cheap thermal paste and doesn't go above 60-65 degrees C when playing games such as various simulators.