Monday, June 2nd 2014

Noctua Unveils its Flocked Surface Fans

Noctua showed off its newest innovation in PC fan design, the Flocked Surface impeller. Simply put, these fan impellers feature fibrous flock layers along the surface, which creates a turbulent boundary layer of air, much like dimples do on golf balls, resulting in increased air-flow, and decreased air-flow separation (whiplash). Noctua is flocking its fans in two ways, flocked impeller, and flocked frame interior. Examples of both are pictured below.
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21 Comments on Noctua Unveils its Flocked Surface Fans

#1
progste
they sure look funny =P
I hope they are actually practical
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#2
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
"Flocked Surface Fans" AKA super cute fluffy fans for your PC to make it "quieter".

It's actually just to make it look much cuter and adorable.
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#3
adulaamin
Those flocks would be filled with dust and it's gonna be a pain to clean.
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#4
micropage7
by: adulaamin
Those flocks would be filled with dust and it's gonna be a pain to clean.
yeah i just think the same, the surface looks easy to trap the dust, even you have air filter
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#5
AsRock
TPU addict
by: adulaamin
Those flocks would be filled with dust and it's gonna be a pain to clean.
Just what i was thinking..

Ever took the frame from a fan and removed as much of the plastic as possible that holds the frame to it ?, well that's a major part that makes a air flow noise. So what i would like to see if thin metal bars holding the motor to the frame although would take some work to get the wiring to the side but it would make even a fan like the Cougar fans even more silent.
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#6
Roph
And what's the markup on these going to be? 800%?
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#7
erixx
Their previous line of fans already have the flocks in the frame.
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#8
lZKoce
I've never seen flocks on fans before. I must look for a review if these actually work. I hope they put some effort into Slim fans as well. So far Scythe's are my favourites when it comes to 12mm thickness, but competition can help a bit there.
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#9
chodaboy19
Is it me or does this just look like felt?

A light grey colour would have hid the dust better...
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
by: chodaboy19
Is it me or does this just look like felt?

A light grey colour would have hid the dust better...
but if it's dusty it is not going be working as advertised lol.
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#11
THE_EGG
by: chodaboy19
Is it me or does this just look like felt?

A light grey colour would have hid the dust better...
I'm surprised they didn't use diarrhoea brown for that material.
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#12
erixx
Sorry, I have the 15" Noctua fan since a couple of years, mounted con de C14 cooler. It already has the negative nops...
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#13
Hilux SSRG
That surface would seem to impede airflow compared to a slick one. Unless your goal is to build a pimp rig :pimp:
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#14
buggalugs
Could be a flocking good idea but will have to wait for testing......
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#15
james888
...includes flocked handcuffs.:p
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#16
SaltyFish
by: btarunr
Noctua is flocking its fans in two ways, flocked impeller, and flocked frame interior.
I wonder why they don't just make a fan with both flocked impeller and flocked frame interior. There'd still be plenty of room for Noctua to splash their signature colors not to mention just putting those colors on the flocked parts.
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#17
Prima.Vera
The flock actually reduce the pitch of the sound made by spinning the fins into a lower and more pleasant freq. ;)
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#18
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Prima.Vera
The flock actually reduce the pitch of the sound made by spinning the fins into a lower and more pleasant freq. ;)
I like to know what there like after a month of dust to see if their flocked or fucked.
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#19
Prima.Vera
by: AsRock
I like to know what there like after a month of dust to see if their flocked or fucked.
A month? Are you keeping your PC on the construction yard ?? :))))
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#20
james888
by: Prima.Vera
A month? Are you keeping your PC on the construction yard ?? :))))
On the dry end of summer, my dust filters can be really clogged in a week. I usually have to clean them out at least every two weeks, and never less than every month.
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AsRock
TPU addict
by: james888
On the dry end of summer, my dust filters can be really clogged in a week. I usually have to clean them out at least every two weeks, and never less than every month.
Even more so if you can have you PC in a none air conditioned room were most of the air is not filtered. Another reason is how many people live in the house too..
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