Noctua NF-B9, NF-P12, NF-R8 Fans

Noctua Fans Roundup
Published: February 8, 2012
Author: Ville Ilonen
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Noctua

Late last year we took a look at an interesting 120mm PWM fan from Noctua. Now we have the chance to review the rest of their PWM fans; so let’s take a look how well they perform.

About Noctua:

Check their webpages at www.noctua.at for information about the company.

Specifications:

NF-P12:

Size 120x120x25 mm
Connector 4-pin PWM
Bearing SSO
Blade Geometry Presure-optimized Nine Blade Design with Vortex-Control Notches
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow 92,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 63,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 19,8 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 12,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure 1,68 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,21 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,6 W
Max. Input Current 0,05 A
Voltage 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
4-Pin Y-Cable
30cm Extension Cable
4 Vibration-Compensators
4 Fan Screws
Warranty 6 years

NF-B9:

Size 92x92x25 mm
Connector 4-pin PWM
Bearing SSO
Blade Geometry NF-B9 Blade Design
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1600 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow 64.3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 52,6 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 17,6 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 13,1 dB(A)
Static Pressure 1,61 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 1,09 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,96 W
Max. Input Current 0,08 A
Voltage 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
4-Pin Y-Cable
30cm Extension Cable
4 Vibration-Compensators
4 Fan Screws
Warranty 6 years

NF-R8:

Size 80x80x25 mm
Connector 4-pin PWM
Bearing SSO
Blade Geometry Raised Blade Design
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%) 1800 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%) 1300 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM) 300 RPM
Airflow 53,3 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A. 39,4 m³/h
Acoustical Noise 17,1 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A. 10,2 dB(A)
Static Pressure 1,41 mm H2O
Static Pressure with L.N.A. 0,74 mm H2O
Max. Input Power 0,72 W
Max. Input Current 0,06 A
Voltage 12 V
MTBF > 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
Low-Noise Adapter (L.N.A.)
4-Pin Y-Cable
30cm Extension Cable
4 Vibration-Compensators
4 Fan Screws
Warranty 6 years

The Product:

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The fans we’re taking a look today are Noctua NF-P12, NF-B9 and NF-R8. They all belong to the new PWM-enabled premium fan line and are widely available in market. All three fans are priced around 15-20€ each which might sound a bit steep but considering the quality Noctua fans have had in the past, the price isn’t that excessive. However if you don’t need all the features Noctua has to offer, there are better solutions available.

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Considering the fact that we are speaking about fans, Noctua has provided us with quite a nice setup of accessories. Alongside with a quick manual and screws you get rubbermade fanholders, extension cable, Y-split adapter and low noise adapter.

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All three fans come with a Y-adapter to split one PWM-fan (4-pin) to two. This adapter makes it easy to plug multiple fans to your computer even if your computer only has single PWM-enabled fanslot. Personally, I use such adapter with my CPU-cooler to control my push-pull fans.

 

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If you want to reduce the fanspeed of your fans, Noctua provides L.N.A (Low noise adapter) with each of the fans in this review. Like the Y-adapter,  the L.N.A can also be plugged in the PWM-enabled fan connector in order to limit the maximum fanspeed. In addition to this one can use the apdater with traditional a 3-pin fan connector and make the fan work with roughly about 7volt voltage. The voltage drop is achieved with a single resistor in the hot wire.

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