The following system was used to test the fans:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5 GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2
The 120mm fans has been tested using a 240mm CPU liquid cooler, the Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 at max. RPM.
The 140mm fans has been tested using a 280mm CPU liquid cooler, the NZXT Kraken X61 at max. RPM.
120mm Fan Performance
The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 5 db.
The Noctua NF-P12 redux-1300 PWM has a price point of 14 USD and a performance to match fans that are almost double the price. As always, the Redux series fans have a grey and dark grey color scheme with almost no accessories included, and a 6-year warranty.
The Vortex Control Notches present on each impeller help in reducing the sound emission and the tone of the sound heard. This makes the NF-P12 redux ideal for a silent system, as there are no high-pitched noises or any bearing noises to be heard.
The performance is good, especially when considering the price and the available versions of the fan. The shape of the impellers makes the NF-P12 redux great for usage in high static pressure scenarios, such as heatsinks or radiators.
In terms of build quality this fan is on the same level as many Noctua models, with a solid frame and good build materials.
In conclusion, the NF-P12 redux offers a great performance for a lower price, when compared to the regular NF-P12 model. In addition, the Redux series fans are also available in a different color scheme that is easier to match with the rest of the system. The NF-P12 redux is very silent and thanks to the Vortex Control Notches, the sound emitted by the fan is more pleasing.