The Noctua NF-A12x15 is a fine fan, never mind that it is also a slim fan. They used airflow-enhancing features, close tolerances and a good rigid frame so that it would not warp – supporting those close tolerances.
Noctua has gone all-out to make this a great fan.
They have also included a number of accessories so there is little or nothing left to buy.
By including a LNA, they are in essence giving you a second fan. The FLX having a UNLA, is like getting a third fan.
When you look at the price, you are getting a great deal in a slim fan.
|15mm slim design
Having a thickness of only 15mm, the NF-A12x15 is much slimmer than standard 120x25mm fans.
This makes it ideal for typical slim fan applications such as low-profile CPU coolers as well as for freeing up space by replacing standard 120x25mm fans on tower coolers, radiators or in PC cases.
|Metal-reinforced motor hub
With many larger-diameter slim fan designs, the shorter axis and bearing lead to a reduced running stability and lifespan.
The NF-A12x15 uses a metal-reinforced motor hub, a measure typically found in high-speed industrial fans, in order to guarantee Noctua’s signature stability and longevity.
|Flow Acceleration Channels
The NF-A12x15 impeller features suction side Flow Acceleration Channels.
By speeding up the airflow at the crucial outer blade regions, this measure reduces suction side flow separation and thus leads to better efficiency and lower vortex noise.
Noctua's AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames feature integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua's proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which further refine the fan's performance/noise efficiency.
|Stepped Inlet Design
Noctua's Stepped Inlet Design adds turbulence to the influx in order to facilitate the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow, which reduces tonal intake noise, improves flow attachment and increases suction capacity, especially in space-restricted environments.
|Inner Surface Microstructures
With the tips of the fan blades ploughing through the boundary layer created by the Inner Surface Microstructures, flow separation from the suction side of the blades is significantly suppressed, which results in reduced blade passing noise and improved airflow and pressure efficiency.
|Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads
Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads made from extra-soft silicone minimise the transmission of minute vibrations while maintaining full compatibility with all standard mounting systems and fan clips used on heatsinks.
|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
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.
The NF-A12x15 PWM is supplied with a (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 1850 to 1400rpm.
The L.N.A. can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 1400rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic PWM control.
|Extensive cabling options
The fan's short 20cm primary cable minimises cable clutter in typical applications while the supplied 30cm extension provides extended reach when necessary.
Both cables are fully sleeved and a 4-pin y-cable allows the connection of a second fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.
The NF-A12x15 features the further optimised second generation of Noctua's renowned, time-tested SSO bearing. With SSO2, the rear magnet is placed closer to the axis to provide even better stabilisation, precision and durability.
|6-year manufacturer’s warranty
Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity.
Like all Noctua fans, the NF-A12x15 features an MTTF of more than 150.000 hours rating and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
|Mounting hole spacing||105x105 mm|
|Cable length||20cm + 30cm NA-EC1 extension cable|
|Blade Geometry||A-Series with Flow Acceleration Channels|
|Frame Technologyr||AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation)|
|Rotational speed (+/- 10%)||1850 RPM|
|Rotational speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)||1400 RPM|
|Min. rotational speed (PWM, +/-20%)||450 RPM|
|Airflow with L.N.A.||70.8 m³/h|
|Acoustical noise||23.9 dB(A)|
|Acoustical noise with L.N.A.||16.8 dB(A)|
|Static pressure||1.53 mm H₂O|
|Static pressure with L.N.A.||0.9 mm H₂O|
|Max. input power||1.56 W|
|Max. input current||0.13 A|
|Operating voltage||12 V|
|Voltage PWM signal||5 V|
|MTTF||> 150.000 h|
|Scope of delivery||
- Flow Acceleration Channels
- AAO frame
- 15mm slim design
- Low-Noise Adaptor
- 1850 to 1400 rpm
NF-A12x15 PWM 120mm 4pin Premium Fan
- Brand: Noctua
- Product Code: NF-A12x15 PWM
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: ¥2,106