Noctua NF-R8 (80mm) and NF-S12 (120mm) Fanshardnrg -
Price: £11 (NF-R8) / £14 (NF-S12-800, NF-S12-1200)
If you've been keeping up with high-end air-cooling lately, you've probably heard about the range of CPU coolers from Noctua being amongst the best heatsinks currently available. While for many of us the highest performance means the highest overclocks, the most efficient heatsinks can also be used with quiet fans to make the PC virtually (or literally) inaudible. By using silent fans around the entire case, it can be very difficult to determine whether the computer is even turned on if you can't see the power or hard drive LEDs!
This review will be looking at three fans from Noctua. The NF-R8 is an 80mm model and the NF-S12 is a 120mm model that comes in two variants: the 800 and 1200 (which denotes the nominal RPM at 12V). Since the 120mm models only differ in speed, only one is shown in the review photos since in visual appearance they are identical.