Wednesday, May 20th 2020

Noctua Readies High-Performance Fanless Heatsink Building on 2019 Prototype

Noctua is reportedly working on a high-performance fanless CPU cooler building on a 2019 prototype that was exhibited at last year's Computex. The final product should launch within 2020, according to an Overclock3D report. As of now there's no word on whether the said cooler will look identical to last year's prototype, but it provides a long list of capabilities that Noctua could build on. For starters, last year's prototype was capable of handling 120 W TDP in PC cases with good natural ventilation, and up to 180 W in cases with quiet fans. The company used a Core i9-9900K in a variety of workloads as a proof of the heatsink's capabilities. The prototype heatsink was also shown offering decent amount of clearance with the motherboard's memory- and VRM areas. Its only downside was the 1.5 kg weight.
Source: Overclock3D
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15 Comments on Noctua Readies High-Performance Fanless Heatsink Building on 2019 Prototype

#1
Daisho11
Fanless heatsinks are a meme. They make great fans, and now they don't want to use them?
Sort of unrelated, but I'd rather see Noctua come up with a universal GPU heatsink. Dunno if there's a big enough market for them though.
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Jism
Daisho11
Fanless heatsinks are a meme. They make great fans, and now they don't want to use them?
Sort of unrelated, but I'd rather see Noctua come up with a universal GPU heatsink. Dunno if there's a big enough market for them though.
There's still people who'd like to silently cool their PC. There's not much heatsinks passively and for high-end CPU's or GPU's for that matter. You need a case that heatpipes from CPU to the casing itself with a huge radiator on the back. Weight shoudnt be a problem if there's a proper bracket included with it that balances the load as much as possibe.
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#3
Rx771
This's not fanless, fanless usually mount a fan on rear, so it's passive cooler.
Talk about fanless cooler, ThermalRight has let competitors eat dust for years. Check the Macho series and the King, HR22.
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#4
ZoneDymo
Daisho11
Fanless heatsinks are a meme. They make great fans, and now they don't want to use them?
Sort of unrelated, but I'd rather see Noctua come up with a universal GPU heatsink. Dunno if there's a big enough market for them though.
Personally I think this is a cool product, but I also agree with you that some universal gpu heatsinks would be much appreciated.
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#5
Chrispy_
I went fanless once. It was a hoot but much like when I went custom waterloop in the noughties, turned out to be too much hassle for not much benefit.

Fanless is silent, sure, but is EVERYTHING else?

I mean, even a 400RPM fan will double the cooling potential and if you can hear that then you must live in an anechoic chamber.
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#6
chandras
please make a GPU cooler Noctua, instead of passive CPU cooling.
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#8
Flanker
I'm still waiting for the heatsink that also serves as the case

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#9
E-curbi
Jism
There's still people who'd like to silently cool their PC. There's not much heatsinks passively and for high-end CPU's or GPU's for that matter. You need a case that heatpipes from CPU to the casing itself with a huge radiator on the back. Weight shoudnt be a problem if there's a proper bracket included with it that balances the load as much as possibe.
There's also still people who'd like to inaudibly cool their PC, while running a daily 5.5Ghz 6c12t ddr4 4500Mhz 17-17-17-37 with Optane PCIe SSD 10microsecond latency.

Some silent enthusiasts use the term silent to mean inaudible and others use the term more loosely to mean "barely audible" - whatever it's only semantics. lol :)

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If I can't hear ANY sound at all from my PC beyond 3inches or so from the CPU HSFan running at low 720rpms, and that's only air movement through the Noctua fins - then I consider my PC inaudible. IF it's inaudible at 3inches it's certainly inaudible at 32inches normal sitting/working distance.

Office mini-fridge is mounted 30feet across the room and can hear that unit turn on and off all day long - cannot hear my PC only 3feet away.

I'm running NO case fans in an open bench chassis, 3fans in total CPU and SATA 8-bay storage PWM fans controlled from an AquaComputer Aquaero 6LT down deep into the inaudible range and the AMD Radeon Pro workstation GPU fan controlled by MSI Afterburner software also inaudible.

Anything is possible if you throw some good science at it.

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Anyhoo back on subject, 1.5kg weight of this Noctua heatsink not such an issue with a horizontal mobo configuration - I would think.

If Noctua wants $100 or $150, for this passive extra-large heatsink that's an INSTABUY for my build, I've run 5 waterloops from 2014 and would rather spend the money on high quality silicon - a binned CPU - than tubing and coolant and isolating pumps and maintenance and my goodness gracious those fittings are so expensive. :oops:

I'll still "gravity mount" a fan on that big Noctua, lol why not? :)

A fan running in the inaudible range offers so much more cooling than no fan (fanless). And beyond 3inches they BOTH sound the same, right? :D


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#10
Mysteoa
Where are my black NF-A12x25, Noctua? I have been waiting for them for 2 years and you showed them during CES 2019.
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#11
E-curbi
Mysteoa
Where are my black NF-A12x25, Noctua? I have been waiting for them for 2 years and you showed them during CES 2019.
I'm still waiting for the Noctua noise cancelling fans from 2014. Whatever happened to those? lol :p
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#12
HugsNotDrugs
Adding fans to passive coolers usually result in tremendous cooling performance. This applies to pretty much any component with a passive cooler attached.

Exciting stuff.
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#13
E-curbi
HugsNotDrugs
Adding fans to passive coolers usually result in tremendous cooling performance. This applies to pretty much any component with a passive cooler attached.

Exciting stuff.
EXACTLY! :)

And if that passive cooler is also EXTRA LARGE with outrageous amounts of surface area, oh my goodness! Even a 140mm 2000rpm rated Noctua Industrial PWM spinning way down at 700rpm or even 500rpm is going to offer tremendous cooling capabilities.

Good Times to come from Noctua... :clap:

See you guys on the flipside... Peace and Love... :)
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#14
BoboOOZ
ZoneDymo
Personally I think this is a cool product, but I also agree with you that some universal gpu heatsinks would be much appreciated.
Both are interesting, but a universal GPU cooler would rule. So much that I've been pondering slapping a DIY mount D15S on a 5700XT for silent overclocking.
Flanker
I'm still waiting for the heatsink that also serves as the case


That exists already : streacom.com/category/products/chassis/passive-cooling/
TheDeeGee
I have one!

www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/if-noctua-had-made-a-gpu-cooler.259308/
I like their 140mm fans way more, though :)
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#15
Octopuss
The fan on my CPU cooler is the quietest part of of my PC, with case fans usually producing more noise because of the air pushing through the case grille.
Graphic card being the worst when I'm playing stuff, obviously.
For a fanless CPU cooler I'd need such noisy airflow that would make the whole concept completely useless.
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