Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM: The most fine-tuned fan of its kind

All the glory and respect of the Noctua NF-A12x25 “sterrox” fan is well deserved. We waited a long time to release its tests, mainly because it was necessary to analyze more seemingly similar designs first. This is necessary to understand why Noctua’s most popular fan among standard thickness models has no competition. We can responsibly say that even though we have only tested a fraction of all the fans. Read more “Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM: The most fine-tuned fan of its kind” »

How to apply thermal paste on Ryzen 7000? Noctua is clear on this

With the new generation of AMD processors (Ryzen 7000), the shape of the heatspreader (IHS) is changing after an extremely long time. It is also significantly different compared to Intel processors, and this again creates room for debate on what the most sensible technique for applying thermal paste should look like. One suggestion has already appeared, in the manual for the Noctua NT-H1 and NT-H2 pastes. Read more “How to apply thermal paste on Ryzen 7000? Noctua is clear on this” »

Commentary: Is adding a spatula to the Noctua NT-H1 useful?

Noctua has quietly, almost secretly, added a new package of NT-H1 thermal paste with the additional designation SW. These are the initials of the English words spatula and wipes. It is with this accessory that the NT-H1 SW pack is supplemented. And in particular, the addition of the spatula raises the question of whether Noctua has revised the recommended technique in applying thermal paste. Read more “Commentary: Is adding a spatula to the Noctua NT-H1 useful?” »

Noctua NH-D12L: A breath of fresh air for short twin-tower coolers

Noctua has recently launched the Noctua NH-D12L, a fairly compact cooler with a height of just 145 millimetres. This makes it an ideal cooling solution for smaller cases, but also for servers with a height of 4U. Thanks to its interesting design and high-end fan, this cooler should offer very solid cooling effectiveness. But of course this assumption needs to be thoroughly verified, which is the aim of today’s article. Read more “Noctua NH-D12L: A breath of fresh air for short twin-tower coolers” »

Noctua NH-L9i-17xx: Only 37 mm tall and 65 W in silence

Very low profile, high cooling performance and Intel LGA 1700 support. These are demanding requirements that Noctua NH-L9i-17xx meets as one of the few coolers (maybe the only one?). The first two requirements could probably be argued about in others, but in the end it still comes down to the support for Intel’s new socket. Moreover, the NH-L9i-17xx outperforms even coolers twice its size, including the Arctic Alpine 17, with the right settings. Read more “Noctua NH-L9i-17xx: Only 37 mm tall and 65 W in silence” »

Noctua plans changes: surprise fan grilles, delays of key products

Along with a cooler release, Noctua has updated their roadmap, leaving no stone unturned. A lot of products are being pushed to a later date, including the upcoming 140 mm fans. But the good news is that at least fan grilles, which will surely appear in our tests sooner or later, have appeared out of the blue in the window for the coming months or maybe just weeks. Read more “Noctua plans changes: surprise fan grilles, delays of key products” »

Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM: Not every low-end is the same

In this test, we’ll take a look at Noctua’s anticipated first representative and how it ranks next to other fans. We’ll start from the bottom with the most affordable one from this Austrian company. It should be noted that Noctua views this class of fans slightly differently than other brands, and has the base perched very high. However, there is one BUT, which is rather insignificant, but still “lifted some people out of their chairs”. Read more “Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM: Not every low-end is the same” »

News from Noctua: A cooling enhancing tunel and NH-L9i-17xx

Wind tunnels in the case above the cooler have formerly been rather common, but have gradually disappeared over time, however this does not mean that they are useless. Noctua now introduces such a tunnel. It is installed on the cooler and should increase its effectivity. This can be of benefit to small coolers on big CPUs. Simultaneously with this tunnel the 37mm high top-flow NH-L9i-17xx, which aims to take on the Alder Lake processors. Read more “News from Noctua: A cooling enhancing tunel and NH-L9i-17xx” »

Borderline inaudible, Noctua officially on Asus RTX 3070 NE

The legitimate announcement of the Asus RTX 3070 graphics card, in which Noctua had a significant role, was hanging in the balance. This is evidenced by the premature leak of its photos last week. But we have all the details on this graphics card only now, after the press release was published. The GeForce RTX 3070 Noctua Edition promises sovereignly the quietest operation in its performance class. Read more “Borderline inaudible, Noctua officially on Asus RTX 3070 NE” »

Noctua seems to be working on a cooler for Asus Strix graphics

We have exclusively come across an information leak, which indicates that some of the upcoming ROG Strix graphics cards will have a cooler from Noctua. The headline could easily have a tabloid undertone “we’re first to know!”, but on the contrary, we will approach this thing with humility. There is little information and it is rather about clues. But it seems that the question at the moment is not IF, but WHEN. Read more “Noctua seems to be working on a cooler for Asus Strix graphics” »

Noctua NH-U12S redux – Affordable version of the popular cooler

Noctua NH-U12S redux was recently introduced as a more affordable alternative to the premium NH-U12S variants,especially the NH-U12S Chromax. The body of the cooler is slightly redesigned compared to the original version, and we can also find a NF-P12 redux fan here. Redux products are known for a budget-friendlier design, which is reflected in the lower price of this cooler. Let’s find out whether the savings were made in the wrong places. Read more “Noctua NH-U12S redux – Affordable version of the popular cooler” »

Noctua NH-P1 – First impression with some preliminary testing

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the prototype, but the first passive cooler from Noctua with the designation NH-P1 was finally introduced this week. Its design is rather different from usual coolers as the main priority is maximization of heat dissipation to its surroundings. And to increase its efficiency, a new A12x25 LS-PWM fan with very quiet operation was also introduced as complementary accessory for semi-passive cooling. Read more “Noctua NH-P1 – First impression with some preliminary testing” »

Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black – Premium cooler in a new coat

Noctua NH-D15S has been at the forefront of coolers for many years. However, the typically beige color of Noctua fans is usually not very popular. But a new version of this cooler with the chromax.black attribute has recently been released. This version has a black finish from the fan to the last screw. In addition, it should not affect the efficiency of the heatsink, but all that remains is to verify it on a hot processor. Read more “Noctua NH-D15S chromax.black – Premium cooler in a new coat” »

Noctua NH-U9S chromax.black – Small, quiet and very expensive

The NH-U9S chromax.black cooler is a new addition to the Noctua Chromax series. Although the original version of the cooler has been on the market for several years, the typically brown-beige color design of the fan may not suit everyone’s liking. Chromax series coolers solve this problem with a matte black finish from the fan to the last screw. However, the question remains whether this surface treatment does not have a negative effect on the efficiency. Read more “Noctua NH-U9S chromax.black – Small, quiet and very expensive” »

MMN 3080 – the fastest gaming rig of all our tests

With the arrival of new generation components, we had the opportunity to build our first rig, which I named MMN 3080. It is a combination of Metallic Gear, MSI and Noctua (MMN) and the key component, the new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card in the MSI Gaming X Trio variant. In combination with the latest Core i9-10900K processor, this is the fastest gaming rig we’ve had in our editorial office. Read more “MMN 3080 – the fastest gaming rig of all our tests” »