Noctua NF-S12B FLX vs. Thermaltake ISGC Fan - Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Article Index
Noctua NF-S12B FLX vs. Thermaltake ISGC Fan
Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 - Closer Look
Thermaltake vs. Noctua - Comparison
Thermaltake vs. Noctua - Testing
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

 

Both fans we've tested today have performed very well, and thanks to engineering improvements found in both fans, the noise and airflow are much better than previous fans from both companies have been. Just when you thought that there wasn't anything new in the case fan world, companies like Noctua and Thermaltake prove you wrong.

I'll break down my final thoughts for each of these fans individually below.

 

Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 Case Fan Final Thoughts:

Thermaltake has produced quite a few 120mm fans over the years, but this new ISGC Fan 12 is really quite an improvement, and as our testing and comparison went on the ISGC showed that it is a great fan. Both the airflow and the noise reduction when compared to previous Thermaltake is noticeable, and it’s not too surprising that they are putting these fans onto their ISGC line of CPU Coolers. The Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 comes with rubber fan mounts to help reduce vibrations, as well as a 4-to-3 pin adapter to allow you to plug your fan into your computers power supply instead of the fan headers on your motherboard. This fan also features a VR Fan Speed Control built into the cable which will allow you to easily and quickly adjust your fan speed on the fly.

 

The biggest thing most people ask about a case fan is "How quiet is it?", and if that's your first question, you'll be very happy with the Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12. Even at max speeds you probably won't be able to hear it over other system noise, however if you're really concerned about noise (and the rest of your system is virtually silent), running the Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 at the lowest speeds will make it as close to silent as you will get with a case fan.

At the end of the day I can easily recommend the Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 case fan to anyone looking for a great 120mm case fan. The ISGC Fan 12 is definitely an improvement over older case fans, and is a good choice when compared to other case fans, and for those reasons has earned our “Editor’s Choice” award.

Pros:

  • Excellent Performance
  • Improved Design
  • Easy Fan Speed Adjustment
  • Good Value

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

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Editor's Choice

 

Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm Case Fan Final Thoughts:

The original Noctua NF-S12 fans were a great choice if you needed a new case fan or an upgrade for a old fan, and now the NF-S12B FLX fan is a even better choice and improves on an already great fan. Like other Noctua products, the NF-S12B FLX that we took a look at feature RPM control by using fan adapters, the NF-S12B FLX comes with 2 adapters and can run at 1200, 900, or 600 RPM, which should suit most applications. The MSRP is ~$19.99 USD and it comes with rubber fan mounts as well as a 4-to-3 pin power adapter so you can plug it into your computers power supply if you’ve run out of fan headers on your motherboard. The NF-S12B fan also comes with a 6 year warranty and offers a lifespan of approximately 150,000 hours so chances are good that this fan will easily outlive the computer you put it into.

Biggest question about fans is always about how quiet they are, and the Noctua NF-S12B FLX does not disappoint. Even at its max speed, the NF-S12B FLX is pretty quiet and chances are good you won't be able to hear it over top of other system noise. If you are really worried about case noise you can slow the fan speed down even more and when running at low speeds this fan is virtually silent, which makes it a great choice if you're trying to reduce noise levels in your case.

At the end of the day it’s pretty easy to recommend the Noctua NF-S12B FLX case fan. The quality of this product is great, and the performance is an improvement over most case fans (as well as an improvement over earlier Noctua fans). The Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm case fan has earned our “Editor’s Choice” award and is a great fan that is worthy of your consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent Performance
  • Improved Design and Performance
  • Good Value
  • Extra Long Lifespan (~150,000 Hours)

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

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 Editor's Choice

 

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