During our visit with Noctua, we spotted what every air cooling enthusiast has been hoping for, a brand new top of the line D-type cooler. Noctua's next generation model is of course based on the award-winning NH-D15 and NH-D15S and comes packing 7 heat pipes alongside a 10% increase in surface area for improved performance. It also takes design cues from the NH-D15S by using an asymmetrical design for improved PCIe clearance while also retaining the same fin cutouts for improved RAM clearance of 65 mm.
The company plans to release two versions, one with a single fan and of course a dual fan thus offering both a high compatibility and a maximum performance model. The bundled fan will be Noctua's proven NF-A15 PWM model which when paired with the new redesign results in a cooler capable of dissipating over 400-watts on the TR4 socket. Speaking of sockets, it will support all current offerings including AMD, LGA20xx, LGA115x with a separate model for socket TR4. It has a current ETA of Q1 2020 and will come bundled with Noctua's NT-H2 thermal compound.
For the Noctua fanboy's out there that want something a bit more palatable when it comes to colors can rejoice as the Chromax lineup which will consist of the NH-D15, NH-U12S, and NH-L9i have an ETA of Q4 2019. Customization of the coolers will be possible with optional red, blue, white, green or yellow, anti-vibration pads and cables along with Chromax heatsink covers.
Taking a different direction, they also had a fanless cooler on display as well. It was entirely custom-designed for natural convection cooling (passive) with overall performance improving with low-noise, case fans, in a semi-passive setup. Users can also mount a fan directly to the heatsink as well, but that would defeat the purpose of a fanless design. In regards to actual performance, targets were listed as 120-watts in a fanless case with excellent natural convection cooling or up to 180-watts with quiet case fans or when directly cooled by a quiet fan. The design itself is asymmetrical for improved PCIe clearance and 100% memory compatibility on both socket AM4 and LGA 115x. Much like the new D-type cooler this fanless model will come bundled with Noctua's new NT-H2 thermal compound. ETA is listed as 2020.
Noctua also had a Redux cooler on hand as well this time based on the NH-U12S like the original it uses the same SecuFirm2 mounting hardware and will have an optional second fan kit for improved performance. The included fan will be Noctua's NF-P12 redux and has support for PWM. Current ETA is Q1 2020.
The Chromax line of black and white fans was also on display with the NF-A20 PWM, NF-A12x25 PWM, NFA12x15 PWM, NF-A9 PWM, NF-A9x14 PWM, and NF-A8 PWM fans being made available in black. Meanwhile, the NF-A15 PWM, NF-A14 PWM, and NF-F12 PWM fans will be available in white. Current ETA depending on the model was listed as Q4 2019 or Q1 2020.
Other fan prototypes at the exhibit included all new Slim versions of both 140 mm,80 mm, 70 mm, and 50 mm A series fans. The 50 mm version was 10 mm thick, while the rest of the lineup was 15 mm thick.
Finally, the last item we checked out was their desk fan, which packs way more technology than you might guess at first glance. The product is based on Noctua's NF-A12x25 120 mm fan which sees its performance improved by a three-way Airflow Amplification System (AAS). AAS makes use of helix energy recovery, progressive flow acceleration, and the venturi effect for improved airflow while remaining exceptionally quiet. It also has a broad ETA of 2020.