The new card you won’t hear – Asus RTX 4080 Super Noctua

Asus and Noctua managed to launch the latest joint graphics card earlier than ever this time. The Asus RTX 4080 Super Noctua Edition is being released alongside the other models. Noctua has apparently already optimized its cooler to satisfaction on the older variant, the RTX 4080, and the situation on the RTX 4080 Super hasn’t changed enough to require design intervention. Everything is ready for production. Read more “The new card you won’t hear – Asus RTX 4080 Super Noctua” »

Noctua NF-A14 PWM: Relevant even after a decade

There aren’t many 140mm fans that are more popular than the NF-A14 (PWM). This Noctua model has maintained that for a long time, for over a decade. In the meantime, naturally, a host of newer competing solutions have come along, and the question is how Noctua’s still-flagship 140mm fan will hold up against them in the present day. By analyzing the NF-A14, we’ll also shorten a bit the interminable wait for its successor. Read more “Noctua NF-A14 PWM: Relevant even after a decade” »

Last delay of Noctua 140 mm LCP fans?

This news won’t please anyone who was eyeing the new generation of 140mm Noctua fans in early 2024. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for that one, although the planned release delay is quite small, but don’t count on a January date. But it looks like the period in which these fans will be coming out will be a very fruitful one. In fact, the successor to the NH-D15 cooler is also said to come out in the same quarter. Read more “Last delay of Noctua 140 mm LCP fans?” »

Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date

Noctua’s tentative plans for the next period specify the possible release of a successor to the NH-D15 cooler. Along with that comes the assurance that the next generation of 140mm fans that this cooler will use is really close. In addition to this, there is also the notable announcement of an upgrade to the NH-L12(S), a lower-profile cooler with a horizontal fan (or fans, if the heatsink will be cooled by two fans again). Read more “Noctua’s top-end dual-tower cooler given more precise launch date” »

Noctua has LGA 1851 support. Mounting stays physically the same

The first generation of Intel CPUs with support for the future LGA 1851 socket is still a long way off, but the first info about cooler support is already making its way to the public. Documents have surfaced where materials around the Noctua NH-U12A cooler are linked to this platform, for which everything is ready. Noctua doesn’t deny this, and meanwhile ideas arise about how it could possibly be with the mounting systems of other coolers. Read more “Noctua has LGA 1851 support. Mounting stays physically the same” »

Psychoacoustic optimization of coolers… A gag? Physics

“Modifying” a cooler by replacing the fan with a relatively more efficient model may not always lead to the desired result. Sometimes you will get significantly less improvement than you would expect, other times you may even be worse off. This means that at equal noise levels, you will achieve lower cooling performance, and it doesn’t really matter what fan you use. Sometimes the design of the heatsink has the final say. Read more “Psychoacoustic optimization of coolers… A gag? Physics” »

In vivo fan tests: 14 models in system positions

Here and there we come across the opinion that it is advisable to test fans in real life conditions, which we can easily refute. At the same time, we understand that a layman can best identify with the differences in component temperatures that arise precisely due to different fan airflows. To help you see the correlations of such tests with results from “unnatural” environments, here’s something we remembered. Read more “In vivo fan tests: 14 models in system positions” »

Noctua releases bars for better cooling of AMD processors

The first time Noctua revealed the modified bars for more effective cooler contact with the chiplet-based Ryzens was just a few days ago, at Computex. The NM-AMB bars are now available in stores and Noctua is revealing more details about them. They are primarily designed for the AMD AM5 platform, but older AM4 processors are also supported. While the impact of the bars is noticeable at times, other times they’re not really worth it. Read more “Noctua releases bars for better cooling of AMD processors” »

Noctua: NH-D15 successor and AM5 coolers asymmetrically

Alongside the upcoming generation of 140mm fans, Noctua also showcased a dual-tower cooler at Computex 23 that will outperform (and perhaps later replace) the current top model, the NH-D15. We’ve kind of expected these things as they appeared on roadmaps. The big surprise were the brackets for better cooler contact with atypical chip layout on AMD Ryzen processors. Read more “Noctua: NH-D15 successor and AM5 coolers asymmetrically” »

The wait is over, Noctua unveils 140 mm LCP fans

Noctua first revealed the design of the new 140mm fans a few days ago, but we’re just now bringing you the news. We needed to communicate a few details with Noctua to make the intentions behind the key elements clear. After all, these fans certainly don’t look like anything you’ve seen before and it’s likely that some of their unique details will become inspiration for other manufacturers as well. Read more “The wait is over, Noctua unveils 140 mm LCP fans” »

White Noctua fans off the radar, 140mm (hopefully) in 2024

Noctua’s May product roadmap does not bring good news. Everything we’ve been waiting for is being pushed back. Even one indefinite delay has been dropped. But that’s so that preparations around the new generation of 140mm fans have as few “obstacles” in their way as possible. But even those, barring a miracle, won’t be available for purchase this year after all. But there is one positive news for AMD Threadripper processor owners. Read more “White Noctua fans off the radar, 140mm (hopefully) in 2024” »

RTX 4080 Noctua Edition is out. Great cooler, what about the coils?

You already know the non-reference graphics cards with Noctua coolers from the Nvidia Ampere generation (GeForce RTX 3000), but now comes the first design with an Ada Lovelace GPU, on the RTX 4080. The main improvement of the cooler lies in the use of the Vapor Chamber and the cooling efficiency seems to be really top-notch. But we know less about the coils – nobody was really concerned with them in tests, but we did get some information from Noctua. Read more “RTX 4080 Noctua Edition is out. Great cooler, what about the coils?” »

The NA-FG1 or how Noctua perfected the circular grille

That this or that can no longer be improved? It can only seem that way until someone points out the possible shortcomings. This also applies to the circular grille in front of fans, on which Noctua has found a few weak spots, where their solution (compared to traditional circular grilles) lead to higher efficiency – the drop in airflow is supposed to be even lower with an even smaller increase in noise. And all of it makes sense. Read more “The NA-FG1 or how Noctua perfected the circular grille” »

Noctua NH-L9a(-AM5) cooler now also available for Ryzen 7000

Many small coolers designed for SFF systems that are compatible with the AMD AM4 platform can’t be mounted on AM5. The NH-L9a(-AM4) top-flow cooler also made the list, and Noctua had to modify its mounting system. The implementation is quite clever, the work is already done and the old-new coolers, whose design is basically unchanged, go on sale. We also have information on which processors they support and under what circumstances. Read more “Noctua NH-L9a(-AM5) cooler now also available for Ryzen 7000” »

Expected 140mm Noctua fans hit by production issues

Until recently, it looked like if Noctua failed to release the new generation of 140mm fans by the end of the year (2022), it would happen shortly after. But right now, even this year’s release is in jeopardy. The cause is a fault that, it seems, Noctua didn’t really expect. This delay, by the way, also significantly delays the planned sale of the successor to the NH-D15 CPU cooler. Read more “Expected 140mm Noctua fans hit by production issues” »

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