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ARCTIC F12 TC - Temperature-Controlled 120 mm Case Fan, £1.97 at Amazon (Add-on item)
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ARCTIC F12 TC - Temperature-Controlled 120 mm Case Fan, £1.97 at Amazon (Add-on item)

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Posted 27th SepEdited by:"Tacavas"
In stock on October 5, 2019, decent fan and good value.
These items are dispatched with qualifying orders of £20 or more, and are eligible for free delivery.
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Just ridiculous how cheap these are compared to other fans. Performance is perfectly good, and stunningly so for the price really.
Have they stopped the hack to get around add on items? It’s telling me I have to cancel my add ons if I cancel the preorder I chose - Or do I need to wait till they are delivered and then cancel the preorder?
These are junk. Picked some up a couple of weeks ago to provide some much needed airflow to my case.

The temperature probes are utterly useless (system temp can be +80 degrees and they're still barely turning) and even when you try to over-ride the RPM with your motherboard they report differing max speeds due to the effects of the temperature probes (which you cannot disable) meaning you can drive some of them higher than others, using a temperature curve, with no logic as to why some report different max RPM than others!
Stick to Corsair and / or Nochta. Might be a cheap price but if they are trash and loud, it's not value for money
Carson_Official27/09/2019 17:01

Stick to Corsair and / or Nochta. Might be a cheap price but if they are …Stick to Corsair and / or Nochta. Might be a cheap price but if they are trash and loud, it's not value for money


For less than £2 these are definitely extremely good value for money. Considering it's around £15-20 for 120mm Noctuas, I'm sure these are at least 90% as good for less than 10% the price.
These are great fans. Not et all loud unless you have a whisper quiet PC. Also the TC control is great as for the normal user it just runs nice and slow and still brings cool air in without hary any noise.
Dunno about this TC model but I've tried both corsair and noctua and a million others ,...and nothing beats the ARCTIC F12 PWM for value for money IMO..unless your after low profile.
Just gonna keep reposting my deal hmm, been this price for around 20 odd days. Cheeky.
Edited by: "lewilewi41" 27th Sep
Update: You can "trick" your motherboards fan curve control by getting your system under full load for a while to get temps high and THEN calibrating your fans, this will then draw the RPM range based on its load (rather than calibrating under no load which maxes the range of your curve to about 400RPM at 100% load/custom temps which while whisper quiet, does basically nothing, holding your hand against it you can barely tell they're on, not sure of the CFM but its low at the bottom end) allowing you to actually control them up to their higher speeds. I guess this makes sense as the calibration queries the fans to determine the RPM range and due to the current temp from the probe, they respond with a lot top end when the board tries to rev them up.

However even after this "trick", the probes and the motherboard are at seemingly at odds so the speeds are inconsisten (and variable speeds are most annoying than just being loud!)

Still, its a lot of faff, the non TC versions would for sure be a better buy (or shorting our the probe, which sounds like it can be done quite easily)
MAEL27/09/2019 18:01

Dunno about this TC model but I've tried both corsair and noctua and a …Dunno about this TC model but I've tried both corsair and noctua and a million others ,...and nothing beats the ARCTIC F12 PWM for value for money IMO..unless your after low profile.


Yeah I would think the PWM versions are great value to be fair, they can shift some air under load, the speed just needs controlling via a better method than the useless probes
Carson_Official27/09/2019 17:01

Stick to Corsair and / or Nochta. Might be a cheap price but if they are …Stick to Corsair and / or Nochta. Might be a cheap price but if they are trash and loud, it's not value for money



I can't speak for the temperature control / sensor stuff but for the fans themselves, Arctic use *literally* the same fluid bearings that noctua do. You can pull both apart and look for yourself, they're from the same chinese OEM. Except noctua will charge you ten times more.
I’m not a fan
Is there some way to disable the temperature probe and just have them running as ordinary case fans
ie running constantly. Thanks
I bought 7 of these when they were a pound dearer for free delivery. Bargain at this price, could have go 11 for similar money
SCOUSEKEVIN28/09/2019 08:33

Is there some way to disable the temperature probe and just have them …Is there some way to disable the temperature probe and just have them running as ordinary case fansie running constantly. Thanks


They do run constantly but at the lowest speed (unless the temperature at the probe ramps up the fan speed).
Edited by: "drivel" 28th Sep
I'll vote cold on this one, I would rather spend £15 for Be-Quiet Silent Wings then you can have the mix of both silence and lower tempts
Hot...have around 10 of them in total in two desktops...more than decent for the price you pay, pretty reliable and very quiet. Very good value for money.
Roph27/09/2019 22:43

I can't speak for the temperature control / sensor stuff but for the fans …I can't speak for the temperature control / sensor stuff but for the fans themselves, Arctic use *literally* the same fluid bearings that noctua do. You can pull both apart and look for yourself, they're from the same chinese OEM. Except noctua will charge you ten times more.


I don't have the noctua nor the arctic fans so I can't carry out this investigation myself but this seems interesting. Are there any videos out there that prove this?
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