Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 – Test and Review

A very long time ago I had the chance to test and review the 12V powered and regulated NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM models part of the industrialPPC series. A product line which is based on the very well-known Noctua F lineup featuring 120mm models with aerodynamic efficiency design and the use of a novel three-phase motor made to deliver superior airflow and pressure capacity while keeping noise levels and power consumption moderate as against comparable high-speed fans

For this test and review I received Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67, which are definitely models made with industrial purpose for supreme cooling performance while being powered with 24V. Since in the normal PC setup, there is no 24V power provided, so I will test both fans at maximum 12V.

So let’s check what these models have to offer.

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Both fans arrived to me for doing a test and review in the typical for the series package, which is a pretty simple looking carton box, entirely painted in black and brown. On the front side of the boxes there is just the company logo, the series name and the model included. Of course, the full technical specifications of the products are located on the back of the packages on the typical for the series white label.

The boxes look stylish but they are not the main focus of this article, so let’s put them aside and check the products located inside.

 

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 STRUCTURE

Both of the fans are based on the very well-known model Noctua NF-F12 with some serious visual, structural and performance improvements. Before I start describing the models I would like to mention that we have two identical looking fans and the differences between the two models are actually the revolutions per minute and of course the corresponding performance.

Both of the models are designed as a structure of:

A square 120 x 25mm frame made entirely of fiber-glass reinforced polyamide and painted in black matte to withstand temperatures of up to 140°C and make the fans even more rigid and break-proof than the original Noctua NF-F12 model. Of course, the frames are designed to provide the very well known AAO Frame (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) technology made to deliver integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua’s proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures. Technologies made to additionally improve the fan’s performance and the noise efficiency.

Additionally, in these models the frames are manufactured to provide the Focused Flow™ technology, featuring eleven stator guide vanes, entirely made to straighten, channel and focus the airflow and designed for pressure demanding applications such as heat sinks and radiators with smaller fin gaps. The stator guide vanes themselves feature Varying Angular Distance and Vortex-Control Notches, both made to spread the noise emission over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern more convenient to the customers.

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Both of the fans offer Heptaperf™ Propellers designed for the new Focused Flow frames and to work in the best way with the eleven stator guide vanes. The new propellers, entirely made of  fiber-glass reinforced polyacrylamide, feature 7 very wide and at the same time not very sharply angled blades and are carefully optimized to achieve perfect balance between performance and noise level.

The connection between the frames and the propellers is made by the traditional Noctua’s SSO2 Bearing which offers the typical for the series three-phase motor, with three-phase design with 6 slots. A motor which is designed to provide smoother transitions between the slots and thus allows for even higher running smoothness, further reduced vibrations and much higher energy efficiency. With the new three-phase motor, the fans are made to provide 10% lower power consumption in comparison to other models from other brands at same revolutions per minute.

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67
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The power and the regulation of the models is implemented by a very long, entirely sleeved in black, 4-Pin PWM pin cable and connector. With this cable length the fans can be a very good choice especially for CPU cooling. Also, they can be a good choice for boosting the airflow inside the case, while running at low operation speed.

In addition, I would like to mention that even though both fans are rated to be working at 24V, the are totally capable of working at 12V, of course by providing only half of their real performance, which makes them suitable not only for industrial purposes but also for use in every personal computer.

Apart from that, both fans are certified with IP67 water and dust protection for the motor and PCB, which are completely cast in special, highly heat conductive resin that combines thoroughgoing protection and effective motor heat dissipation. A feature which adds a nice industrial touch, which will guarantee a reliable operation and long life span of up to 150 000 hours.

 

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

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Both fans arrived with the same additional accessories packs, which includes:

  1. One set of four installation screws to attach the fans to a case fan slot
  2. 8 rubber pads, which should be attached to the corners of the fans for reducing the fan vibrations, if there are any.

Again with these models Noctua decided to provide only the basic accessories for industrial purposes.
Enough with the fans, let’s proceed with installing them on my test stand and check out their performance while working at maximum 12V.

 

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 TESTS

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will install the fans and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the products in real conditions. They will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the models are mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and their speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.
And this is what the fans look like installed on my test stand:

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The test results are shown in the following charts:

Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V

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Propeller rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

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The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:

NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 S

After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 60 minutes at maximum speed, it was time for the tests to begin.

As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and both fans made at least one stable revolution at about 6.5V. To do my tests I had to decrease the operation voltage back to 5V and check their performance.

Test at 5V:

At the first test, which was conducted at exactly 5V, NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 was rotating at 435 revolutions per minute, providing airflow level of 21.6 cubic metres per hour, while NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 was rotating at 390 revolutions per minute with airflow level of 17.28 cubic metres per hour. Both fans were completely silent.

Test at 7V:

At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 was rotating at 960 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 55.2 cubic metres per hour, while NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 was providing 31.68 cubic metres per hour at 600 revolutions per minute. Again both of the fans remained silent.

Test at 9V:

At the third test conducted at 9V, NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 was delivering airflow level of 72.48 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1260 revolutions per minute. At the third test NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 was providing 43.68 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 810 revolutions per minute. At this test the first model started generating a tiny noise coming out of the propeller, while the second fan remained absolutely quiet.

Test at 12V:

At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans reached their maximum performance for this power voltage, which for NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 was airflow level of 98.88 cubic metres per hour at 1680 revolutions per minute, while for NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 it was 60.96 cubic metres per hour, while rotating again at 1065 revolutions per minute. At this test the first fan became pretty noisy, while the second model remained absolutely quiet.

I believe the time to express my thoughts regarding the fans has arrived.

 

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 CONCLUSIONS

1. Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 Performance:

I believe I spent some quality time having fun with the most powerful models in the series, which according to their capabilities and the rated operational voltage, combined with the IP67 dust and water protection are totally made for industrial purposes. Products which are designed following the Noctua standards and quality demands to feature a wide range of technologies together to deliver the best possible cooling performance in heavy duty environments.

Apart from that, both of the fans are capable to operate at 12V, which additionally boosts their compatibility options, which also makes them a good choice for regular or enthusiastic customers who require and demand high airflow and high static level pressure from the cooling fans to keep their machines working cool and stable for a long time. And this makes both of the fans a really good choice to be used as CPU cooler fans installed on a heat sink or water cooling radiator compatible with 120mm fans to keep every modern processor running cool and stable at default or overclocked frequencies. Apart from that, with the very long cable attached to the three phase motors, both of the fans can be used for boosting the overall airflow inside any case, which features a 120mm case fan slot. Of course, they should be running at lower voltage and at lower revolutions per minute.

For the extreme overclock achievements powering the fans with 24V will require external power source but will definitely provide outstanding cooling performance.

2. Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 Appearance:

As I’ve already stated many times in the past, I am not much of a fan of the typical Noctua’s colour scheme and according to my opinion it is not really compatible with the colour scheme of the modern cases, but the black/brown colour scheme is much more appropriate and more attractive. All of the models in the industrialPPC series feature the black/brown colour scheme, which will be much more neutral and will definitely fit in every modern case with entirely black interior.

I think Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 deserve the following reward:

 

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Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 have been added to the 120mm fans catalogue.

Official price (MSRP): Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67:  29.90 Euro

Official price (MSRP): Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67:  29.90 Euro

Warranty: 72 months

 

I thank Noctua for the test sample.

Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 and NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 – Test and Review
Great fans for industrial purposes.
8.5 Total Score

Great fans for industrial purposes.

Performance (Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67)
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Noise Level (Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67)
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Performance (Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67)
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Noise Level (Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67)
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Additional accessories
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Appearance
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User Rating: 4.45 (1 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
2 Comments
  1. Reply Dk_vr 15.07.2016 at 20:23

    Hello Belgeek,

    Actually this is a good idea and to be honest I never thought for it.
    I will consider it and maybe in the future I will add tests with dust filter.

    Best Regards

  2. Reply Belgeek 15.07.2016 at 8:50

    Hello Dobrin,

    Thanks for your tests, i really enjoy them. I would have a suggestion for the future. Would it be possible for you to do an extra test by adding a dust filter? Some fans lose a lot of CFM when restricted of get noisy. So knowing that would be great.

    Regards and keep the good work!

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