Noctua 140mm/150mm Case Fan Roundup ReviewEl_Capitan - April 2, 2013
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Noctua 140mm & 150mm fan Introduction:
Noctua has made a name for itself for delivering sound-optimized premium components without sacrificing thermal performance. It continues to innovate the cooling sector, by this time introducing its own AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames to the new line-up of 140mm+ Fans: the Noctua NF-A15 PWM, the Noctua NF-A14 FLX, and the Noctua NF-A14 ULN.
The Noctua NF-A15 PWM is meant to provide superior performance on high-end CPU coolers, while both the Noctua NF-A14 FLX and Noctua NF-A14 ULN are meant ideally for watercooling radiators or as upgrades for 140mm case fans. They will be tested against the previous line's Noctua NF-P14 on both a CPU cooler and watercooling radiator, as well as against a Phanteks- PH-F140TS fan on its own Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU Cooler.
Let's see if all that design innovation can prove itself in some real-world tests!
Noctua 140mm & 150mm fan Closer Look:
The packaging is revamped from the usual brown and white themed box Noctua typically used for its previous fans, as there's now some more black color added to the theme. The front still has the Noctua logo and the part number, but now there's a mobile tag and a sticker indicating what the ideal use for the fan is, which is useful for a customer browsing the store in search of fans for specific uses. It no longer has a window that shows off the fan on the front. To see the fan you have to pry open the velcro-latched cover, which shows off all the nifty new enhancements on the left side of the inside cover; from the Flow Acceleration Channels, to the SSO2 bearing and Stepped Inlet Design. On the right side of the inside cover you can see the actual fan, albeit upside-down, through the plastic window, along with the Scope of Delivery and illustrations of what's included inside the box with the fan. The back side of the cover shows a brief description of the fan in nine different languages and provides the fan specifications, the Scope of Delivery again, and the Six Years of Warranty disclaimer.
Inside each box is a plastic shell that holds the fan and accessories together. Included in all of them is a manual, a fan, an extension cable, mounting screws, and vibration resistant mounts. Each fan also has different accessories specific to the model:
- The Noctua NF-A14 ULN includes a 3:4 pin adapter and an U.L.N.A. (Ultra-Low-Noise Adapter).
- The Noctua NF-A15 PWM includes a Y-cable, and a L.N.A. (Low-Noise Adapter).
- The Noctua NF-A14 FLX includes a 3:4 pin adapter, a L.N.A and a U.L.N.A..
Noctua continues to provide a lot of useful accessories that add functionality to the package for the widest range of users. Each of the cables on the three fans are labeled for ease of identification!