Thursday, June 1st 2017

Noctua Chromax Edition Fans and Heatsink Covers Detailed

Noctua is renowned for its conservative and restrained styling, with a focus instead on effective cooling performance and low-noise. Wading through a swamp of psychedelic RGB multi-color LED-lit fans, cases, coolers, and pretty much everything else; we found Noctua taking a careful step towards "colors," without all the light and sound.

The Chromax Edition variants of its popular fans NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12, and NF-S12A come with colorful, user-replaceable accessories for the fan-frame and cables, which let you add just a bit of color, without lighting it up. These are high-quality user-swappable anti-vibration pads for the frame mount-holes (which are typically brown). Chromax Edition Noctua fans include four sets of anti-vibration pads - red, blue, green, and yellow; while the frame itself is kept black to stay neutral to the color. Optionally, you can also purchase color-matching sleeved fan cables.
The other Chromax-branded accessory is the heatsink cover, for those who find a bunch of heat pipes stabbing through metal an eyesore. You can cap the aluminium fin-stack of your tower-type Noctua heatsink with this high-quality aluminium made shroud, with cutouts. You can insert color strips that peek through these cutouts for a little style. A plastic block acts like an interface between the topmost fin of your heatsink, and this shroud (by dampening vibration).
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8 Comments on Noctua Chromax Edition Fans and Heatsink Covers Detailed

#1
Dimi
These look terrible, why not make black cables or make the fans completely black.

Those colored "plates" make em look like toys for toddlers.
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#2
ShurikN
Thank god they're not in the default shit-brown colour.
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#3
Solidstate89
Dimi said:
These look terrible, why not make black cables or make the fans completely black.

Those colored "plates" make em look like toys for toddlers.
NF-A15, NF-A14, NF-F12, and NF-S12A come with colorful, user-replaceable accessories for the fan-frame and cables
Then just don't change the colors then, holy shit.
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9700 Pro
ShurikN said:
Thank god they're not in the default shit-brown colour.
Yep. Now I've seen everything, Noctua fans which aren't ugly. :o
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#5
Prince Valiant
Dimi said:
These look terrible, why not make black cables or make the fans completely black.

Those colored "plates" make em look like toys for toddlers.
Not everyone is obsessed with black builds? Having swappable plates lets users customize things without having to shell out a bunch for a new kit. There does appear to be a black cable in the first picture.

Edit: I think I'm one of the few people that actually likes their standard color scheme :laugh:.
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#6
Alexandrus
The heatsink shrouds are nice, they make the cooler look more ... refined.
Any word on availability ? Noctua presented a less advanced version of these shrouds last year at Computex, and not available until now.
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#7
Rivage
No more brown-only Noctua fans? World never gonna be the same again...
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#8
Fx
Prince Valiant said:
Not everyone is obsessed with black builds? Having swappable plates lets users customize things without having to shell out a bunch for a new kit. There does appear to be a black cable in the first picture.

Edit: I think I'm one of the few people that actually likes their standard color scheme :laugh:.
Not the only one. I can look at my standard Noctua fans with absolute pride knowing that the premiums I paid for the fans give me the quietness, performance and longevity that I value. Screw windowed cases and RGB; that's for kiddos.
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