Noctua NF-S12B FLX vs. Thermaltake ISGC Fan - Thermaltake vs. Noctua - Testing

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


Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 vs. Noctua NF-S12B FLX Testing:



Test Setup:

For AMD (AM2+) testing we will be using the AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9950 CPU, which produces 140 Watts of heat and is currently one of the hottest running processors available. This processor should give us a very good estimate of how a cooler will perform with one of the hottest CPU's available. Click here to go to AMD's Processor Spec Finder to find out how many of watts your AMD processor is producing.

For all testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests I used Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound. We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent.

For testing of these case fans we have recorded our numbers using stock AMD cooling with no case fans, and once again with each of the fans we are testing.

AMD Test System:

Here comes the big test.....


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After all of our testing, we’ve seen that both of these two case fans are a great upgrade and help reduce temperatures. Both of these fans feature the ability to adjust your fan speeds to a level that is suitable for your case, and both of these fans will help you reduce the noise coming from your computer. In all the categories we looked at both the Thermaltake ISGC Fan 12 and the Noctua NF-S12B FLX fans  both were very similar and both are a great choice, so unfortunately we didn’t make your buying decision any easier (and both fans retail for approximately the same amount ~$19.99 USD).  While it’s pretty much impossible to crown a winner between these two fans, we’re going to have to just settle for a tie.