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New Noctua Products At Computex 2017
Quote:Most hardware enthusiasts probably know Noctua best from its heatsink-and-fan combo units, but the Austrian company's greatest expertise is specifically in fan design. Enthusiasts have long praised Noctua's distinctive brown fans for their blend of performance and silence. The company already sells fans optimized for airflow or static pressure, but optimal cooling performance tends to require a good blend of both.
The fruit of Noctua's hard-won efforts is a fan design that the company admits does not match the peak airflow nor peak pressure performance of its existing fans engineered for those purposes. However, the new fans simultaneously offer better static pressure and airflow in real-world conditions rather than a contrived test scenario. The end result is a fan that Noctua claims can offer far superior overall performance than its existing designs while remaining whisper-quiet.

Noctua demonstrated the performance of the new fan design with a prototype strapped to one of its NH-U12 CPU coolers. The prototype was challenged with cooling a synthetic thermal load and matched up against the same cooler equipped with two of Noctua's current fans in a push-pull configuration. As you can see, the new fan apparently offers the same cooling performance as two of the old-style fans. Of course, that could simply be because one fan is sufficient either way. We'll have to get some of the new fans in-house to do our own testing. Noctua will be selling the next-generation A-series fans in 120- and 140-mm varieties.

Besides the fancy new fans, Noctua had some new heatsinks to show. Updated versions of the popular NH-U12S and NH-U14S are coming, redesigned to better take advantage of the new fan design. Noctua says the revised NH-U12S offers 50% greater surface area than the prior version, while the new NH-U14S outshines its predecessor by 30% on the same measure. Both models use a whopping seven heatpipes, so we expect these coolers to offer excellent performance.

Also on display at the Noctua booth were heatsinks for AMD's upcoming many-core Threadripper and Epyc processors. Noctua says the coolers are based on its existing NH-U14S, NH-U12S, and NH-U9 heatsinks. The company had to devise a new mounting system (that it calls SecuFirm2) for AMD's mammoth 4094-contact SP3r2 LGA socket. The new heatsinks have enlarged contact surfaces to accomodate the huge chips.
Now at Computex, the company is showing off Chromax Design heatsink covers. These powder-coated aluminum covers will come in solid-color versions, or black versions with swappable colored inserts. They snap onto the top of the company's heatsinks securely so you don't have to worry about rattling or vibration, and the plates extending down the sides of the heatsink could help keep airflow directed toward your exhaust fans. The company says the covers will be available for the NH-U12S and NH-D15 heatsinks. The company also said that there is an upcoming line of Chromax fans and cables.

There were a bunch more products at Noctua's booth, like a new low-profile cooler for AM4, a ridiculously-short 120mm low-profile cooler, fans powered from a 5V (USB) supply, and 24V automotive fans. We'll surely be seeing most of this stuff in the coming months as it becomes available, so keep an eye out.
Read the rest of the article too. Cool
Quote:Dellinger says the 120 mm model will even outperform most 140 mm fans on the market when it's released this fall, and Noctua plans to release an adapter mount for 140 mm fittings. Which is good news, since a 140 mm model likely won't be available for at least a year. Apparently that's not as simple a matter as making everything 20 mm bigger; Noctua has to redesign the fan blade for a larger body.

There's no official price, yet, but a Noctua NF-F12 fan costs $20, and the raw materials for the Sterrox blade are, as Dellinger says, about four times more expensive. I don't think this will be an $80 fan, but expect it to command a premium price.

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