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What's the best 120mm case fan?

Index 1: Sound Pressure - 120mm Fans

The title of this page is a simplification; we actually tested sound pressure (in dBA), which most people confuse with noise.

Remember that a low sound pressure isn't everything - you should also see how much air a fan can push, and possibly most importantly, how much air it can push per dBA.

Please read how we tested to see how we generated these results, what they mean.

Sound Pressure

Background noise level was 19.3dBA

  • Noctua NF-S12B ULN (max speed)
  • Noctua NF-S12B ULN (min speed)
  • Noctua NF-S12B FLX (max speed)
  • Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 120mm
  • Nexus Real Silent D12SL-12BL
  • Noctua NF-P12 (max speed)
  • Gelid Wing 12 FN-FW12-15-B (max speed)
  • Sharkoon Silent Eagle LED 120mm
  • Noctua NF-S12B FLX (med speed)
  • Recom RC-12025M-BL-LED
  • Xilence Red Wing 120mm
  • AeroCool V12XT Blue Line EN55253
  • Be Quiet Silent Wings 120mm
  • Noctua NF-P12 (med speed)
  • Akasa AK-191SM
  • Scythe Gentle Typhoon D1225C12B4AP-14
  • Akasa AK-FN055
  • Revoltec RL039
  • Akasa AK-274CR-4RDS
  • Noctua NF-P12 (min speed)
  • Asus FAN 1225S1
  • Recom RC-12025W (Quad LED)
  • Feser Triebwerk TK-121
  • Papst 4412F/2GL
  • Gelid Wing 12 FN-FW12-15-B (min speed)
  • Noctua NF-S12B FLX (min speed)
  • Akasa AK-174CB-4BLB
  • Recom Yellow Blade RC-12025BY
  • Scythe Ultra Kaze DFS123812L-2000
  • Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 120mm
  • Scythe S-Flex SFF21G
  • Papst 4412F/2M
  • Feser Triebwerk TK-122
  • Sunon KDE1212PMS3-6A
  • Delta FFB1212EHE
  • 19.3
  • 19.3
  • 20.1
  • 20.7
  • 20.9
  • 22.9
  • 24.2
  • 25.0
  • 26.6
  • 26.7
  • 26.9
  • 27.0
  • 27.2
  • 27.2
  • 27.7
  • 28.6
  • 28.6
  • 30.0
  • 30.3
  • 32.8
  • 33.0
  • 34.1
  • 34.5
  • 35.9
  • 36.3
  • 36.6
  • 38.9
  • 39.9
  • 40.1
  • 41.2
  • 41.3
  • 46.4
  • 46.8
  • 48.6
  • 67.6
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Sound Pressure (dBA)