Noctua Redux Fans

Noctua's latest consumer grade fans

Noctua Redux Fans

Introduction

Noctua fans have always been highly regarded as some of the best fans available for computers. They boast great performance, minimal motor noise along with many accessories and options included in the rather impressive packaging which is far more than you'd usually expect from a fan. However, this of course comes at a price. At around £20 per fan, equipping your case with Noctua fans was not something to be done on a budget. Along with this, those people spending large amounts of money often wanted their PCs to look great, and often follow a colour scheme. We think it's very rare to see a brown and beige themed system, so despite the fans' great performance, many potential customers were put off.

Now however, Noctua have graced us with two new ranges of fans; the 'redux' range, and the 'industrialPPC' range. The redux range is intended more for consumer use, whilst the industrialPPC range follows its name of being aimed at more industrial server grade applications. We show you the redux range of fans.

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Conclusion

Marketed more at consumers, the redux fans are designed primarily as case fans, with options ranging from 80mm to 140mm. Of course the 120mm and 140mm fans are going to be the most common in modern consumer systems.

The 80mm versions come in three different variants. There's a 1200RPM model, a 1800RPM model, and also a 1800RPM PWM model. The 92mm versions on the other hand come in a single 1600RPM speed, but one version with PWM, and one version with a standard 3pin fan cable. With smaller fans such as this, they do need to spin faster than their larger counter-parts in order to shift an adequate amount of air, and so we should expect these to be a little louder than the 120mm, and 140mm RPM models. However, as previously said, many modern cases don't have mounts for fans as low as 80mm and 92mm and so we do think these will be more of a niche product.

We like how Noctua have added options for different fan speeds along with different fan sizes. This means you can buy fans on the exact speeds you want and not have to worry about using a fan controller or fan speed cables in order to reduce them further. The 120mm variant comes with a low speed version at 700RPM, and a high speed version at 1200RPM. Unfortunately, the redux range doesn't come with a static pressure optimised fan for 120mm, meaning they won't be ideal to be used on radiators or heatsinks.

The 140mm fans on the other hand come with static optimisation in mind, meaning they will be suitable for both case flow, and radiator and heatsink purposes. These will be especially good if used as an intake in order to blow air into the case through obstructive hard drive cages. Again, the 140mm versions come in a range of speeds and options. We do find the NF-P14r which encompasses a round frame. Along with this we have square 140mm fans with 900RPM, and 1200RPM variants, and also square PWM fans in 1200RPM and 1500RPM variants. We expect these to be some of the best sellers as there is a gap in the market for static pressure optimised 140mm fans.

Overall, we are a little disappointed that we don't have any static pressure optimised 120mm fans. If we are building a high end system, most of us wish to use the same fans throughout the case, and if you were wanting to use these, you'd be a little stumped if you were using something like a Corsair H100i, or other 240mm radiator solution. The NF-F12 fans, which are static optimised 120mm fans are available in the industrial line-up, but spinning at 2000RPM, and 3000RPM it would be an issue letting them run at their maximum speeds, and it is a real shame we don't have the same fans with more down to Earth speeds. However, we do have to say we're incredibly happy that Noctua have finally given us their much loved fans in less ostentatious colours and we do hope to see many future systems using these fans.

Thanks to Noctua for providing their redux fans. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.

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27-05-2014, 11:55:22

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...091740371l.jpg

We show off Noctua's latest range of consumer fans, only this time in more neutral colours.


Continue ReadingQuote

27-05-2014, 12:42:46

Jumper118
they look much much much better. why haven't they done this before!?!?! they could be rolling in cash by now.Quote

27-05-2014, 13:03:11

Xploited Titan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jumper118 View Post
they look much much much better. why haven't they done this before!?!?! they could be rolling in cash by now.
Their marketing is sound. Using the same colour scheme for years, giving amongst the best technical results during reviews, people started to associate the colour scheme with excellence.

I doubt they would have missed out on money that much.

If all BMW M cars were painted in barbie pink, I still think they would have sold as well as they do now. People take them for the performance and the name. And paint can be redone.

I hope TTL will get some industrial PPC fans to test as well. Sincerely looking towards some NF-F12-style fans at 2k rpm (in the hope they can run bit more slowly, but still be better performing than the original NF-F12s).Quote

27-05-2014, 13:25:52

Jumper118
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xploited Titan View Post
Their marketing is sound. Using the same colour scheme for years, giving amongst the best technical results during reviews, people started to associate the colour scheme with excellence.

I doubt they would have missed out on money that much.

If all BMW M cars were painted in barbie pink, I still think they would have sold as well as they do now. People take them for the performance and the name. And paint can be redone.

I hope TTL will get some industrial PPC fans to test as well. Sincerely looking towards some NF-F12-style fans at 2k rpm (in the hope they can run bit more slowly, but still be better performing than the original NF-F12s).
i think a large number of the people who bought corsair fans would have bought them earlier, even if it was 1 or 2 years ago. they still had a great reputation then and that was when the corsair sp and af fan were at there strongest in my opinion. i see what your saying, i just think they came in a bit late.Quote

27-05-2014, 13:26:29

Gurt11
I don't like these grey colored ones to be fair. Brown and beige suits me better, they still look good in e.g. a black case. These grey ones would just look really sad to me... So 'inspirationless'. Or is it just me? Quote

27-05-2014, 14:09:12

mrDMxtreme
The grey doesn't work with me, but the black 'industrial' fans DAMM their nice.

Also you said that they would be too loud, but they have industrial NF-F12's that come in 2000rpm and in their specs it says they can be brought down to 450rpm (+/-20%) which would still make them silent.

So if it was me, I'd get the 2000rpm industrial nf-f12 with the ip67 rating (just cuz i can dip them in a meter of water for fun without worrying that they'll be damaged Quote

27-05-2014, 14:32:27

SnowmanFromHell
Some testing with the industrial ones please
Kept an eye on them ever since Noctua first showed them (last year's Computex?) and really glad to see them released finally.
Also, they seem pretty adamant on their website about those things being "relatively" quiet, so I'd love to get your impressions on that... and even if 3k RPM is a tad on the loud side the specs say they can be turned down to 800RPM (the 140mm ones, the 120mm even down to 750 I think).
So yeah, for a full test + (rushkit?) vid of the industrial ones with regards to noise Quote

27-05-2014, 15:02:50

jones
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrDMxtreme View Post
The grey doesn't work with me, but the black 'industrial' fans DAMM their nice.

Also you said that they would be too loud, but they have industrial NF-F12's that come in 2000rpm and in their specs it says they can be brought down to 450rpm (+/-20%) which would still make them silent.

So if it was me, I'd get the 2000rpm industrial nf-f12 with the ip67 rating (just cuz i can dip them in a meter of water for fun without worrying that they'll be damaged
I agree - run these at low RPMs and you would hope they are as silent as their standard NF-F12s:
http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=p...9&lng=en&set=1
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27-05-2014, 15:27:55

Davva2004
Based on this video, I'm now rethinking my whole system around using 140mm 1200rpm PWM Redux fans. Means rethinking the radiators completely!Quote

27-05-2014, 16:00:18

FatBoiCorp
I like the color scheme. It's something new. Maybe if they came out earlier and had the static pressure 120mm. I think I would've bought that instead of the corsair.Quote

27-05-2014, 16:51:07

Sypherian
They look awesome i would use these on a rad no questions asked but why the hell wouldn't they make a 120 fan to use on rads in grey?

I've had a real problem finding fans that I would like to use in my coming build, I did consider Noctua but the color scheme is so hideous I just couldn't get myself to buy them, these would be excellent if they had made one for 120 rads.

I'm starting to think they are testing the market to see if a new color scheme would actually help them get more sales, only they are in my opinion going the wrong way about doing it anyways that's my take on it only time will tell


THX for the lovely video.Quote

27-05-2014, 17:12:10

pogitangkad
I'm just here for the "nipple cripple". I also agree that 120 sp fans should have been released before a 140.Quote

27-05-2014, 17:21:22

Xenomorphical
Grey?.... base paint grey?
At least its better than the brown stuff but still they will never find their way into a rig i'd built.
I guess Noctua is prepared for not making much money with these because of their stubborn behaviour.
You'd think at some point they would listen to what the people want?
Sorry Noctua, but i'm still not interested in your products at all.Quote

27-05-2014, 18:15:47

Luscious
You wouldn't need to point a gun to my head - I would chose those black Noctuas over Delta fans in a heartbeat. Performance is one thing, but performance AND reliability = win/win.

Those black server versions would work great on a H80i/H105, and with fan control, put the quiet on them too. I would rather have a fan that's over-spec, and run louder but keep my components cool, rather than a fan that was just quiet, yet couldn't keep up with a summer load.

Tom, you should definitely retest those 295x2's with a pair of those black beauties fitted and get back to us with the results.Quote

27-05-2014, 18:39:53

Davva2004
I do get Noctuas marketing strategy here. They still get to sell distinctive fans, ones that everyone will see at a glance are Noctua, and they open up the market much further than they currently sell to with the beige / brown combo, and it's cost them virtually zero in R&D because they are reusing old models that they already have the moulds for - all they are doing is filling them with different colour plastic.

Smart move.Quote

27-05-2014, 19:51:54

Sypherian
Quote:
Originally Posted by Davva2004 View Post
I do get Noctuas marketing strategy here. They still get to sell distinctive fans, ones that everyone will see at a glance are Noctua, and they open up the market much further than they currently sell to with the beige / brown combo, and it's cost them virtually zero in R&D because they are reusing old models that they already have the moulds for - all they are doing is filling them with different colour plastic.

Smart move.
Yup it does puzzle me however why would they remove the anti vibration from these fans?

If it's to reduce cost then why they don't exactly need to. Yes they are pricey but with the performance and reliability their products are already known for there is no need to do this. Most people not all but most I imagine that hasn't invested in Noctuas fans is because of the god awful color scheme myself included. Then why would they finally decide to do it now and then make the product inferior? Seems to be an odd move to be honest.Quote

27-05-2014, 20:50:33

Excalabur50
I think the grey is ok but they really should have the SP120 variant but they don't move me enough to buy their product over othersQuote

27-05-2014, 22:03:42

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowmanFromHell View Post
Some testing with the industrial ones please
Kept an eye on them ever since Noctua first showed them (last year's Computex?) and really glad to see them released finally.
Also, they seem pretty adamant on their website about those things being "relatively" quiet, so I'd love to get your impressions on that... and even if 3k RPM is a tad on the loud side the specs say they can be turned down to 800RPM (the 140mm ones, the 120mm even down to 750 I think).
So yeah, for a full test + (rushkit?) vid of the industrial ones with regards to noise
Yeah, if I hadn't already bought (and more crucially, modded) all my fans
for HELIOS, I'd do exactly ^this.


I lovelovelove the fact that they have pressure-oriented 140 mm fans
(both in the industrial and redux line), I couldn't care less about airflow-
oriented fans TBH.

The 140 radiator/fan situation is a bit of a chicken/egg situation in the
end. No decent 140 fans available? Fewer people will be buying 140*n-
sized radiators.

But the omission of a pressure 120 redux fan is... frustrating, to say the
very freaking least.


@Tom: I'm very interested in the build quality of those industrial fans,
any chance you can put them on a scale and give us their weight? Noctua
doesn't list it in their specs sadly.Quote

27-05-2014, 22:51:24

anonymous
Noctua's industrial fans seem like an interesting option if paired with a fan controller. I've always wanted to see a silent fan manufacturer make a high-RPM fan.Quote

28-05-2014, 03:01:53

osusoy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gurt11 View Post
I don't like these grey colored ones to be fair. Brown and beige suits me better, they still look good in e.g. a black case. These grey ones would just look really sad to me... So 'inspirationless'. Or is it just me?
no, i'll give you a . As well as the off-white/grey being pretty ugly, it looses brand recognition. i always think "this guy knows what he is doing" when i see the brown and beige and knowing what it represents, i actually don't mind them breaking a color scheme..

This makes me drool lol:Quote

28-05-2014, 05:06:46

ander01se
Quote:
Originally Posted by osusoy View Post
This makes me drool lol:
EWWW!!!

Someone should fire the guy / gal picking the colors for Noctua!! >_<Quote

28-05-2014, 05:40:45

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by ander01se View Post
EWWW!!!

Someone should fire the guy / gal picking the colors for Noctua!! >_<
No mate, they should get a raise. Choosing those colours 100% set them apart from all the other ty fan-makers in the industry and they are now recognised as the high quality, high performance fans.

Sacrificing the materials for the gimmicks of looks was never an option for Noctua and now everyone (who knows anything about computers) knows who they are. That is how you build a brand and that is how you get the recognition you deserve in this kind of industry.

Whoever decided on the colour scheme, needs a medal the size of a bin lid.Quote

28-05-2014, 06:59:03

Atalon
Still NOT black and stick out like a sore thumb!!! They would never make it into one of my builds unless it was a white case which has not happened yet.

and yes they missed a lot of sales by not having SP 120's.

Guess they are still working on getting the fan right. Note sure why since they already had that fan in a different color, but what ever.Quote

28-05-2014, 07:23:12

Lazlo
I find it very sympathetic if a company has an identy and their own philosophy and stick to that even if it means missing out on some sales. Like sub said, their emphasis does not lie on fancy looking fans, but on fans that work very well and reliable. As to the colour choice, everybody recognizes the branding. And that's kind of genius, as has been said before.

As to the choices on the Redux. They already have a 120 focus flow / pressure optimized fan. They did not have a 140 one. So in a way it makes sense to the product portfolio to go this route.Quote

28-05-2014, 15:18:54

metalgun2000
That's a lot better than the old fans, I kinda like the red and black, kinda. I don't understand why they have to be off colors.Quote

28-05-2014, 15:40:27

Wraith
I'm sort of glad in a way that Noctua have not done Black consumer fans, I think the grey is top banana as they are very neutral looking maybe a all white version in the future eh Noctua hint hint nudge nudge... and please sort out a SP120 in this current colour. Quote

28-05-2014, 16:22:00

Xploited Titan
I broke down... Found a shop which said having Node 804s in stock. They also sell the Industrial PPP 2k rpm IP 67 fans.

Surely not cheap, but I bought 4 of those to use on my H100i rad. ^^

I'll try to keep you guys informed on how big the difference is (aside from the wallet that is XD ).Quote

01-06-2014, 06:15:11

SnowmanFromHell
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xploited Titan View Post
... They also sell the Industrial PPP 2k rpm IP 67 fans.

Surely not cheap, but I bought 4 of those to use on my H100i rad. ^^
...
Any info about how loud they are? Would be much appreciated Quote

02-06-2014, 02:47:47

The_Governour
Yes, I agree that the one that picked the color of the Noctua fans deserves a medal. When ever you see fans on a build you allways ask what fans they are using etc. But when EVER you see a brown and beige fan then YOU KNOW what make of fan it is. Very clever marketing.Quote

02-06-2014, 03:17:46

SuB
It's all about building brand recognition and they've done that

I still think they've done precisely what they should have which is release an SP140 style fan which was a big hole in the market as far as I'm concerned. They've already got an excellent fan for the SP120, so I agree they didn't need another SKU.

The Redux aren't *technically* as high end as the beige ones, and we all know everyone would switch from the standard SP120 to grey ones, which ultimately would mean their current range would become defunct. That's not good business sense! You only replace your current stuff with stuff that costs more / is better!Quote

06-06-2014, 01:04:06

Xploited Titan
OK, moved my computer in my NODE 804, and assembled my Noctua NF-12 PPC 2000 IP67 in push-pull on my H100i.

Still trying to solve some problems (one Noctua fan ain't running, and my mobo can't seem one connected on the other fan header).

Once I solved my problems, I will get back to you guys. Quote

08-06-2014, 15:21:23

Xploited Titan
OK, been using the Noctuas for 2 days now, configured so they get their PWM signal modulated by AI Suite 3 (I am using a Gene VI mobo).

Sub-1k rpm, they cannot be heard. Even with my Node 804 case half a meter from my position.

They start to get noticed above, and I admit they get loud, but not ear-piercing, at 2k rpm.

Temperatures on my H100i have of course bettered a lot.
I have no idea about the accuracy on my mobo's temperature sensors, but since I made that Noctua push-pull, my CPU temps go below those of the mobo. ^^

I do not regret my purchase, although, I must admit, I got them expensively (40€/pc). Yup, 4 of those were more expensive than my case (103€). XD

For better numbers, I hope TTL will get his hands on the fans. But, once again, I do not regret those NF-12 PPC 2000 IP67 fans. Quote
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