Noctua NF-A12x25 120mm Fan Review

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The Noctua NF-A12x25 fan has been one of the most anticipated products to come from Noctua in recent times. We, like many of you were really eager to get our hands on the new design of fans and put them to good use. To Noctua’s credit, they sent some over, along with some NF-P12 Redux fans (review publishing shortly). We have had these for a while now and decided a slightly different route for this review.

Fan tests are tricky, unless you want to go for a chassis airflow impact comparison, a worthy set of tests but may not help in all situations. We have put them on a Scythe Ninja 5 (stock review also following shortly) to add a little flavour and dimension to the typical fan review. So, if you have a CPU cooler that could do with a little help in the airflow department, this may help.

NF-A12x25 PWMNF-A12x25 ULNNF-A12x25 FLX
Size120x120x25 mm120x120x25 mm120x120x25 mm
Mounting hole spacing105x105 mm105x105 mm105x105 mm
Connector4-pin PWM3-pin3-pin
Blade geometryA-Series with Flow Acceleration ChannelsA-Series with Flow Acceleration ChannelsA-Series with Flow Acceleration Channels
Frame technologyAAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation)AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation)AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation)
Rotational speed (+/- 10%)2000 RPM1200 RPM2000 RPM
Rotational speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)1700 RPM900 RPM (with U.L.N.A.)1700 RPM (1350 RPM with U.L.N.A.)
Min. rotational speed (PWM, +/-20%)450 RPMNANA
Airflow102,1 m³/h55,7 m³/h102,1 m³/h
Airflow with L.N.A.84,5 m³/h39,4 m³/h (with U.L.N.A.)84,5 m³/h (64,5 m³/h with U.L.N.A.)
Acoustical noise22,6 dB(A)12,1 dB(A)22,6 dB(A)
Static pressure2,34 mm H₂O
0,82 mm H₂O2,34 mm H₂O
Voltage PWM signal5 VNANA
Warranty6 years6 years6 years

We are going to use the NF-A12x25 PWM and ULN 3-pin fans to replace the two Kaze Flex 120 fans included with the Scythe Ninja 5. We set the PWM fan to PWM and a standard fan profile in the motherboard BIOS for both fans. The NF-A12x25 fans have the usual Noctua beige contrasting colour theme, so they really stand out against the Scythe Ninja 5’s dark theme. The NF-A12x25 will not suit all systems, but that’s not really up for debate. Noctua also makes a number of other fans with different colour schemes, so we are sure you will find something that suits your system.

Noctua NF-A12x25 120mm Fan Review

Package - 9
Performance - 8
Price - 7.5
Consumer Experience - 8.5


We are not going to suggest you run out and replace your high-end CPU Cooler fans with the Noctua NF-A12x25 Fans, but boosting your cooling performance with a couple of NF-A12x25 Fans wouldn't see you wrong. For a more traditional use, adding these fans to a radiator or chassis setup is going to give a very good airflow and acoustic performance, depending on the design of your chassis and its airflow, or lack of!