THERMALTAKE TOUGHFAN 12

THERMALTAKE TOUGHFAN 12 PWM Fan Review

Thermaltake’s Toughfan 12 looks premium, feels premium and has a relatively premium price, at $18 each or $36 for a pair. It can cope with any situation too, with its peak speed of 2,000rpm sitting higher than that of the Noctua NF-P12 redux and Deepcool FC120.

It also has a hydraulic bearing and steel[1]reinforced motor hub, plus large anti-vibration mounts and liquid crystal polymer fan blades, which Thermaltake claims reduces vibration. It lacks RGB lighting, but it does come in a variety of colors, allowing a modicum of color matching to the rest of your hardware.

At full speed, it matched the Deepcool FC120’s lowest noise level on test of 55dBA, but wasn’t quite able to match the Deepcool’s airflow and efficiency, despite having a higher RPM. Dropping back to 1,000rpm saw the Toughfan 12 offer a slightly lower noise level than the Deepcool, but less airflow. When fixed at 50dBA, it managed to hit 1,400rpm and was a match for the Deepcool fan.

The Thermaltake’s airflow is only average at full speed, but it makes up for this in efficiency, especially at full speed. Its raw airflow trails pricier fans, but its good noise-to-airflow ratio means it’s worth considering for cases, coolers and radiators if you can’t afford to really splash out. If you don’t care about lighting, the Toughfan 12 is well worth considering.

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VERDICT

Good efficiency and low noise with a reasonable price tag.

+ Pros
+ Great airflow-to-noise ratio at full speed
+ Good sound quality
+ Reasonable price

- Cons
- Limited maximum airflow
- Mediocre airflow at1,000rpm
- No RGB lighting

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