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Noctua 140mm/150mm Case Fan Roundup Review

El_Capitan    -   April 2, 2013
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Testing:

These latest Noctua fans will be tested by comparing them with each other, as well as to a Noctua NF-P14 fan and a Phanteks PH-F14TS fan on a Phanteks PH-TC14CS CPU cooler in pull configuration with one Phanteks PH-F14TS pushing, cooling an i7 980X at 4.0GHz with 1.3125V's. Testing will include a comparison of fans running at 100% fan speeds, as well as using the L.N.A and U.L.N.A. fan adapters. All hardware and settings will remain the same throughout each test. Ambient temperatures were 23.89°C during testing.

  • Processors: Core i7 980X @ 4.0 GHz 133 x 30 1.3125 V
  • CPU Cooling: Phanteks PH-TC14CS
  • Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe
  • Memory: 6 x 4GB Samsung Extreme Low Voltage 1600Hz @ 9-9-9-28-1T at 1.5V's
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
  • Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite White
  • OS: Windows 8 To-Go 64-bit

 

Comparison Fans:

  • Noctua NF-P14
  • Phanteks PH-F14TS

 

Testing:


 

 

 

 

 

 

Lower = Better

 

For testing, I ran Prime95 Blend tests for 30 minutes, stopped and waited for 30 minutes, and then ran it again for 30 minutes before switching to the next fan. I would wait another 30 minutes to let the system cool back down and measure the idle temperatures before running the same tests on the next fan. I took the highest CPU Core temperature from the i7 980X from both tests as the final result.

Interestingly, the NF-P14 performed the best. The NF-A15 PWM was warmer by 1 °C, which was still cooler than the Phanteks PH-F14TS at 80 °C. The AF-14 FLX was 1°C hotter than the Phanteks PH-F14TS.

When using the L.N.A. adapter, the NF-P14 and NF-A14 FLX stayed close to eachother at 82 °C, while the NF-A15 PWM performed the same as the Phanteks PH-F14TS and the AF-14 FLX with the U.L.N.A.

During testing, I did notice that the NF-A14's and NF-A15 were still quieter than the NF-P14 and Phanteks PH-F14TS fan in terms of vortex fan noise.




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