Friday, April 13th 2018

Noctua Tease Their Impending Sterrox-Made, A-Series, NF-A12x25 Fan

Noctua has started teasing for the upcoming launch of their latest-generation fan design, based in more than four years of development on new materials that shed some of PBT's known weaknesses. The new fan line was first announced at Computex 2017, and at that time, the development resources poured into the project were well over more than four years and 200 test designs (we already wrote an exhaustive piece on these new fans, if you want to know more or need a refresher).

Noctua says these new fans will be twice as good as their existing ones; the company showed at Computex 2017 how a single A-series fan achieved identical temperatures to a setup which used two NF-F12 fans on the same processor, workload, and heatsink. And you thought the NF-F12 were good already, right? There's no actual release date for now, but there's a teaser image of the packaging doing the rounds already - and if that's that far along finished, then we're certainly not that far away from release. Here's hoping pricing will be competitive - but perhaps it needn't be, considering the expected performance - and the fact that Sterrox, the compound used in their manufacturing, is four times more expensive than common PBT.
Source: Noctua's Instagram
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27 Comments on Noctua Tease Their Impending Sterrox-Made, A-Series, NF-A12x25 Fan

#1
windwhirl
I wonder why they insist with that color scheme still. Not that it bothers me (I never look at my computer's insides unless I'm doing maintenance), but is kinda weird...
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#2
owen10578
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I think maybe the launch date is April 25th
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#3
ruff0r
Ever felt like spending more money on fans then your hole pc ?
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
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#4
blobster21
Aimed at rich geeks, that's all there is to say.
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#5
sutyi
windwhirl said:
I wonder why they insist with that color scheme still. Not that it bothers me (I never look at my computer's insides unless I'm doing maintenance), but is kinda weird...
That is their company color, so one should get used to it. Also they confirmed that this fan series will only be available in their brown combination exclusively for quite a while as it they found it is pretty hard to get color consistency with the new fan material... Also they wont have 140s on launch.

At this point though I'm not having my hopes high we could get our hands on these soon. First it was demoed / announced in 2016, saying they'll be available mid 2017. Then it was the end of September, so they said hopefully mid October. November and December had passed and we arrived in 2018. So after asking for a status update, they said hopefully they can launch it in 2018Q1. Naturally the first 3 months of the year had gone past and we are in mid April closing in on May and said Sterrox fans are still nowhere... sigh.
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#6
hyp36rmax
ruff0r said:
Ever felt like spending more money on fans then your hole pc ?
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
I'm used to it by now. Well worth it if you're looking for absolute performance. My go to fans have always been gentle Typhoons that fetch about $20+ each with my builds usually needing about five pushing air into radiators. Imagine a push / pull setup :)
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#7
jmcslob
ruff0r said:
Ever felt like spending more money on fans then your hole pc ?
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
I paid $180 for 6 fans...If it's what you want or need you either pay or suffer in some way..
However I like to see my fans and I wouldn't pay $5 for these no matter how good they are because for me appearance matters...and their color scheme is like refried bean puke.
No thank you.
But if I built without a side window or glass I would get these before any other.

@Hood
I hear ya....them suckers are awful....I used them for 1 Win 10 install...3 restarts was enough for me
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#8
Hood
The fans that came with my H110 were typical Corsair, noisy, rattling sleeve bearing junk. I spent $42 replacing with Noctua NF-P14s fans, they fixed the noise problem and cooled the same, at lower RPMs. Also avoided the brown, some of their fans come in grey/black - two years later, still quiet. Worth it.
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#9
Imsochobo
Hood said:
The fans that came with my H110 were typical Corsair, noisy, rattling sleeve bearing junk. I spent $42 replacing with Noctua NF-P14s fans, they fixed the noise problem and cooled the same, at lower RPMs. Also avoided the brown, some of their fans come in grey/black - two years later, still quiet. Worth it.
I've gone to the corsair ML's and two from their supplier.
Currently have 6 of them in my case, (4x corsair branded + 2x china supplier) - they are so far good but their fan blade design isn't anything special but they do handle the radiators rather good.
All other corsair fans have been rather bad in my opinion.

ML and many of their powersupplies have been good but Corsair pretty much never makes stuff themselves.

Noctua Does! you know you won't get them anywhere else, and Noctua have never deviated from good quality products.
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#10
DeathtoGnomes
i wonder if painting the blades affect intended performance. :confused:
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#11
John Naylor
Been waiting foir these fans for quite a while... the strengthened based and smaller fan tip - shroud dsitance should result in significant noise reduction and performance gains. Will they unseat the Phanteks and Silent Wing 3's ? Looking forward to test results.

DeathtoGnomes said:
i wonder if painting the blades affect intended performance. :confused:
Dye works ... paint unbalances the blades. Good thread on the topic over on overclock.net


Hood said:
The fans that came with my H110 were typical Corsair, noisy, rattling sleeve bearing junk. I spent $42 replacing with Noctua NF-P14s fans, they fixed the noise problem and cooled the same, at lower RPMs. Also avoided the brown, some of their fans come in grey/black - two years later, still quiet. Worth it.
The Noctua series is an excellent fan.... but replace the Noctua's w/ Phanteks at same rpm and CPU temps drop a whopping 6c

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/phenteks_f140/3.htm

I gonna start a campaign for silentpcreview.com to revisit this when the Nocs come out
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1345-page7.html

I paid about $125 to put a total of 16 Phanteks 1250 rpm fans in the box I typing from ...5 came with the case. One of them made noise.... sent in back and they examined it, sent me a new one + a spare for my troubles.

CPU and CPU_OPT Headers => Swiftech Dual Pump
CHA_1 Header => Phanteks PCB 1 => (6) PH-140SP fans on 420mm x 45mm rad
CHA_2 Header => Phanteks PCB 2 => (4) PH-140SP fans on 280mm x 60mm rad
CHA_3 Header => Phanteks PCB 3 => (6) PH-140SP Case fans

All fans are DCV drawing about 0.14 amps at full speed. 4 different speed curves are used which include pump dropping to 1/3 speed and fans shutting off at < 35C. When load is removed, radiator fans will not automatically drop with CPU temps.... speed ramps down for about 60 seconds to remove latent heat from coolant. Under stress testing (RoG Real bench + Furmark), fan speeds peak at < 850 rpm ... normal gaming about 550-625 rpm. If screen goes black (sleep), you can tell system is on.

If you wat to use these, they should come out with matching radiators and related components.
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#12
hathoward
Look like Nidec GTs in brown. Where are the ANC fans?
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#13
HTC
John Naylor said:
Been waiting foir these fans for quite a while... the strengthened based and smaller fan tip - shroud dsitance should result in significant noise reduction and performance gains. Will they unseat the Phanteks and Silent Wing 3's ? Looking forward to test results.



Dye works ... paint unbalances the blades. Good thread on the topic over on overclock.net




The Noctua series is an excellent fan.... but replace the Noctua's w/ Phanteks at same rpm and CPU temps drop a whopping 6c

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/phenteks_f140/3.htm

I gonna start a campaign for silentpcreview.com to revisit this when the Nocs come out
http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1345-page7.html
6c??? DAMN: very impressive!!!
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#14
Mats
ruff0r said:
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
It says the COMPONENT price is 4x, not the MSRP.
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#16
INSTG8R
I may replace my Noctua Industrials with a couple of these babies!
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#17
EsaT
hathoward said:
Look like Nidec GTs in brown. Where are the ANC fans?
Hopefully besides overall blade geometry Noctua has also copied bearing/motor.
Got NF-P12 and NF-F12 with heatsinks and both had similar POS level vibration (unacceptable for fan half the price of them) likely because of very hard steps in bearing/motor.
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#18
Axaion
Well aint that nice, when most decent cases have 140mm slots for intakes and such..
Hopefully they perform, and make a 140mm version too, 3x intake is kinda nice
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#20
GlacierNine
EsaT said:
Hopefully besides overall blade geometry Noctua has also copied bearing/motor.
Got NF-P12 and NF-F12 with heatsinks and both had similar POS level vibration (unacceptable for fan half the price of them) likely because of very hard steps in bearing/motor.
The big selling point for these fans and the need for the new material, was to do with reducing the edge gap and thus achieving much higher and more consistent static pressure. Fans with extreme rake like this have traditionally required more blade clearance from the frame, and even moreso over time, as the material slowly warps and the tips end up striking the frame if a normal clearance is used.

I've personally never had a Noctua fan with a vibration issue, and I've owned about 10 or so over time.
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#21
Assimilator
I'm really itching to see these reviewed, mostly in regards to their noise level. If they can be as quiet as they are supposedly performant, it doesn't matter what colour they are or how much they cost - I will buy.
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#22
Joss
Look... a Gentle Typhoon painted brown.

This video is very interesting:

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#23
Chloe Price
ruff0r said:
Ever felt like spending more money on fans then your hole pc ?
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
Well, I paid 60eur for my two ML120 twin packs, so these aren't that cheap either. But when you buy a quality fan, you get just what you paid for. No going back to cheap noisy general fans.
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#24
EsaT
Joss said:
Look... a Gentle Typhoon painted brown.

This video is very interesting:


Also that shows those very hard "steps" of Noctua's bearing/motor stopping fan fast.
It's like it has some angular axle.
That's no good at all for getting smooth low vibration rotating.
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#25
HammerOn1024
ruff0r said:
Ever felt like spending more money on fans then your hole pc ?
By my calculations for the current NF-F12 which is around 22$ , 4x the martial cost that would be around 88$, lets slap the premium name on top of that 88+Noctua = 99.99$
Not 4x retail, but 4x material cost so probably 25% direct increase. Now, factor in one less fan, marketing and design recoupment, I'd say more like 2x to 2.5x.
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