Thursday, June 14th 2012

Noctua Unveils Noise-Canceling Fan, and More Innovations at Computex

Noctua's booth at last week's Computex Taipei not only hosted world's first public demonstration of a PC fan with integrated Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) but also gave a stage to upcoming Noctua products such as the new A-series fans, third generation NF-S12 fan and 37mm low profile CPU coolers. In addition to these upcoming products, Noctua also gave an exclusive insight on some of its current development projects for its D-, U-, C- and L-series heatsinks.

Firstly, Noctua has displayed its completely new A-series fans that feature a novel aerodynamic design measure called Flow Acceleration Channels to reduce boundary layer separation as well as Noctua's AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames. The new A-series fans are scheduled for launch in September/October and will come in square 140mm, round 140mm, slim 92mm plus 60 and 40mm sizes.

In the 120mm line-up, the pressure-oriented NF-F12 will be complemented by a new, third evolution of the airflow-oriented NF-S12 series for case cooling. Due its Anti-Stall Knobs and the new AAO frame, the third generation S12 provides up to 8% better airflow to noise ratio and an improved performance curve compared to its renowned predecessor NF-S12B. Like the new A-series fan, the next generation NF-S12 is scheduled for release in September/October.

In addition to its upcoming fans, Noctua showed new D-series, U-series, C-series and L-series CPU cooler prototypes as well as its upcoming new low profile heatsinks for Intel and AMD. Using the new slim 92mm A-series fan, the low profile coolers stand only 37mm tall in order to fit small mini-ITX cases and HTPC enclosures.
The two D-type dual tower prototypes both pursue the goal of further improving the award winning quiet cooling performance of Noctua's NH-D14. While one uses two second-layer heatpipes to remove more heat from the base at high heatloads, the other employs 7mm heatpipes and a transverse heatpipe layout for more even heat distribution throughout the cooling fins.
The 140mm, 120mm and 92mm U-type single tower coolers share the idea of combining further improved performance with better RAM compatibility. Measuring only 52mm thick, the 140mm model will ensure full access to the RAM slots on both sides of the LGA2012 socket. The two smaller prototypes are 45mm slim and guarantee 100% RAM compatibility on all current sockets. Both the D- and U-type prototypes are currently scheduled for Q4 2012.

The C- and L-series prototypes shown at Computex represent development projects for updating the existing NH-C14, NH-C12P SE14 and NH-L12 in 2013. In addition to the new heatsink prototypes, Noctua presented a SecuFirm2 mounting solution for Narrow ILM Xeon E5 2600 platforms as well as IP66 compliant dust and waterproof fans for industrial applications.
The highlight at this year's line-up was the first public demonstration of a working prototype of Noctua's NF-F12 fan with integrated RotoSub Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology. The development goal for Noctua's recently announced partnership with RotoSub is to speed up the award-winning NF-F12 120mm fan from 1500 to 2500rpm and to achieve a broadband sound signature that sounds more agreeable to the human ear as well as a similar overall sound pressure level as the original 1500rpm NF-F12 fan, resulting in 80% more airflow and 120% higher static pressure at the same noise level. The first prototype shown at Computex 2012 represents a first proof of concept that demonstrates how tonal noise components can be reduced using RotoSub ANC. Noctua and RotoSub aim to have first products with this technology ready for the market by Q3/Q4 2013.

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47 Comments on Noctua Unveils Noise-Canceling Fan, and More Innovations at Computex

#1
alwayssts
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Noctua's are not the best in terms of cooling or price. But they do excel in low rpm use. I simply can't get the Gentle Typhoons to run as quiet as Noctuas do at <850rpm. And the cooling performance is still ok although not as good as GT's.
This, this, and this.

I bought 1 each of the more-touted 120-140 fans not long ago. When it comes right down to it, I prefer the Noctua fans running at low rpm. They are dead silent from where I sit. Because in reality, a small amount of extra airflow (which the typhoon is certainly a champ) just ain't worth the noise. At some point you have to realize a fan is a fan for most intents and purposes, and the airflow difference is a less important tangible over-all performance (if there is one)/experience (which there certainly is) trade-off than the complete package.
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#2
RejZoR
What good is all the innovation if you paint your end product in a skin pink and turd brown!?
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#3
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
by: RejZoR
What good is all the innovation if you paint your end product in a skin pink and turd brown!?
It's the new white, you just don't realize it yet;)
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#4
Vancha
I wish Noctua would start making computer cases, then maybe their fans would actually go with something. A case, some basic RAM with low-profile cream heatsinks and some brown GPU backplates...

I mean, ideally they'd switch to white and brown like their booth, but I can't see that happening.
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#6
Fx
by: themailman78
gotta love noctua!

-----waits for everyone to chime and and say how over priced noctua's are. Not because they are but because they can't afford them.
+1
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#7
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Until Noctua changes the color of their fans. I will not buy them. I really don't care how good they are. I want my system to look good as well. Shit brown and tan fans would not look good with all black system. If they were all white. Id consider.
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#8
Aleksander
How can u define if a fan is good or bad?
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#9
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Aleksander Dishnica
How can u define if a fan is good or bad?
hmmm

Ball bearings or any of those high end liquid based ones good
sleeve bearings bad

Hub securement if it is loose itll vibrate and make a lot of noise

Angle of the blades

Material the fans is made out of
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#10
Fx
by: nvidiaintelftw
Until Noctua changes the color of their fans. I will not buy them. I really don't care how good they are. I want my system to look good as well. Shit brown and tan fans would not look good with all black system. If they were all white. Id consider.
I guess it comes down to if you have a window in your case or not.

Personally, I don't have a side window because I don't spend my time staring at the internals of my PC. I would rather have it silently performing like a beast while I focus on the monitor.
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#11
Sir B. Fannybottom
by: TheMailMan78
Gotta love Noctua!

-----Waits for everyone to chime and and say how over priced Noctua's are. Not because they are but because they can't afford them.
Damn troll.
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#12
Soylent Joe
Dang, I love the look of their booth. Noctua has class.
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#13
qwerty_lesh
Love my Noctua fans, so awesome and so ugly. :toast:
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#14
jalex3
Nice to see them working more on the d14. Shame not to see the 3 tower cooler from last year back.
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#15
theeldest
I think they look pretty good (I wouldn't have 6 Noctuas if I didn't ;-)

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#16
RejZoR
Noiseblockers are a definition of nice looking fans. That's why i have a full case of their fans and reason why i don't have Noctua's no matter how good they are...
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#18
Tannhäuser
Noctua's way to have an unique look with their brown colors surely has it's function on the marketing side. They are recognized on first sight. But THOSE colors doesn't fit to any system on this planet! That's the only circumstance that kept me from buying one of their fans so far. Black case with a window, black hardware, blue lights - I'd never dare to mix this with two shades of brown. :D
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#19
THE_EGG
I actually don't mind the brown colours. It distinguishes them from other fans. In other words it says, "hey I'm a Noctua fan". Pun intended ;)

I use these in my all-black SS FT-02 and they standout but without being all flashy and annoying. I HATE LED's! At least in my main system anyway.
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#20
Scrizz
by: RejZoR
Noiseblockers are a definition of nice looking fans. That's why i have a full case of their fans and reason why i don't have Noctua's no matter how good they are...
form over function..... nice :nutkick:
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#21
Fragman
And how meny other fan makers gives 6 years Warranty on there fans

i like Noctua tryed alot of other fans out there and im not buying enything else than Noctua
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#22
Wile E
Power User
by: catnipkiller
Dont care how good the fan is if it looks like shit.
Don't care how shitty the fan looks if it works well.

Brown on cream is still better looking than tacky LEDs any day in my book.
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