Picking up our Premium Grade award in our last fan Labs, the Noctua NF-P12 redux offered great performance for the price. There’s some stiff competition now, though, with alternatives that can ramp up further than the NF-P12 redux’s paltry 1,700rpm.
That’s likely all you need for a case fan, but you might need more if you need to deal with significant amounts of heat on rare occasions.
It also lacks RGB lighting, unlike several similarly priced fans. However, in the flesh, it looks fantastic, shedding Noctua’s usual brown coloring in favor of gunmetal grey. The NF-P12 redux still holds its own, although it slips down the table in a few tests. It has decent efficiency at full speed, outstripping the XSPC RGB Series 2, Scythe Kaze Flex 120 RGB and Gelid Radiant-D, but the XSPC did have slightly better sound quality, with the NF-P12 redux exhibiting a slight whine at 1,700rpm. The XSPC was also slightly quieter at 1,000rpm, but shifted noticeably less air, with the NF-P12 redux offering better efficiency here, while shifting more air in our noise-normalized test too.
The Noctua NF-P12 redux remains a good choice as an affordable fan to pad out vacant fan mounts in your PC. It’s a better performer than the similarly priced offerings from XSPC, Scythe and Gelid as well, although we’d pick the Scythe if you also want RGB lighting.
NOCTUA NF-P12 REDUX Benchmarks
Good performance for the cash, but it could do with a little more power now.
+ Pros + Good airflow-to-noise ratio + Excellent airflow at 1,000rpm + Good value - Cons - No RGB lighting - Average sound quality - Lacks high-speed grunt