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The NA-FC1 is a compact, highly flexible controller for 4-pin PWM fans that can both work on its own for manual speed reduction and also work in tandem with the automatic motherboard fan control. By adjusting the NA-FC1’s speed control dial, users can either manually set a PWM duty cycle from 0 to 100% or reduce the PWM duty cycle supplied by PC motherboards in order to have the fans running slower than the automatic motherboard fan control would allow. While the brightness of the orange status LED provides visual feedback on the current dial setting, the push button allows the NA-FC1 to be switched into “no stop” mode, which prevents the fan from falling below a speed of 300rpm. Thanks to the supplied 3-way split cable and power supply adaptor, up to 3 fans can be controlled simultaneously.
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PWM based control

PWM based control

While most fan controllers are voltage based, the NA-FC1 uses the more sophisticated Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) technique that allows for more efficient control and lower minimum speeds, regardless of the fan’s starting voltage.
Manual control mode

Manual control mode

If the NA-FC1 doesn’t receive an input PWM signal from the motherboard, it works as a simple and efficient manual controller that allows the duty cycle to be set from 0 to 100%. This makes it ideal for manually slowing down high-speed PWM fans such as Noctua’s industrialPPC series in order to achieve consistently quiet operation.
Customising motherboard fan control

Customising motherboard fan control

Many motherboards provide insufficient options to customise automatic fan control or simply don’t go below certain duty cycles and speed levels. Using the NA-FC1, you can lower the motherboard’s PWM control curve in order to achieve truly silent operation, even with high-speed PWM fans such as Noctua’s industrialPPC series.
“No stop” mode

“No stop” mode

If the small push button is pressed and the green status LED is on, the NA-FC1 operates in “no stop” mode, which means that it will not allow the fan to fall below 300rpm, regardless of the speed setting and the input PWM duty cycle from the motherboard, thus avoiding BIOS fan errors.*
3-way splitter cable

3-way splitter cable

The supplied 3-way splitter cable allows the connection of up to three 4-pin PWM fans in order to control them simultaneously. Even more fans can be controlled at once when using additional NA-YC1 splitter cables that are supplied with many Noctua fans and available as an optional accessory kit (NA-SYC1).
Power supply adaptor

Power supply adaptor

As powering multiple higher wattage fans from a single motherboard fan header may damage the motherboard, the NA-FC1 includes an NA-AC4 adaptor that powers the device directly from the power supply unit while simultaneously receiving PWM input from the motherboard and forwarding RPM information. This makes it ideal for controlling multiple high-speed fans such as Noctua’s 3000rpm industrialPPC models.
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua products are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all of them, the NA-FC1 fan controller is built to last and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty.
*Please note that many PWM fans have a minimum speed higher than 300rpm and as the function of “no stop” mode is to not let fans go below 300rpm, it is only useful for fans which are generally able to go below this speed. For example, a fan with 500rpm minimum speed will act the same with “no stop” mode on and off.
NA-FC1
Specification
Connector
4-Pin
Voltage Range
5-12 V
Colour
black
Size
21 x 25 x 48 mm
Weight
15 g
Fan compatibility
all Noctua 12V PWM and 5V PWM fans, many third party PWM fans
Scope of Delivery
  • NA-FC1 controller
  • NA-SC1 3-way splitter cable
  • NA-EC1 input cable
  • NA-AC4 input cable with power supply adaptor
Warranty
6 years
NA-FC1
Video Reviews
The following video reviews have not been created by Noctua. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the videos lies entirely with the authors.
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16.06.2017 // TechHardware.it
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NA-FC1 Review

Non solo ventole, Noctua ha altresì presentato una gamma di accessori ad hoc per facilitare montaggio e ridurre ulteriormente il rumore, punto cardine dell’azienda svizzera.
Test verdict: "Noctua ha colpito nel segno. E' riuscita a presentare prodotti degni di nota mantenendo costi accessibili a tutti, qualità ai vertici e semplicità di utilizzo. " (Tommaso Biallo, TechHardware.it)
15.06.2017 // GreenTechReviews.ru
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NA-FC1 Review

Сам по себе контроллер очень компактный. Управлять вентиляторами с его помощью чрезвычайно просто. На лицевой стороне реализовано два светодиода, регулятор оборотов и кнопка режима, именующегося как “No stop”. Данный режим полезен тем, что он не даст вентилятору полностью остановиться (ведь не все могут работать при напряжении от 5 В) – скорость будет поддерживаться на отметке 300 об/мин, благодаря чему BIOS материнской платы не будет демонстрировать ошибку работы вентилятора.
Test verdict: "Данный контроллер очень удобен в использовании. Он совместим с огромным количеством PWM вентиляторов от разных производителей, а также обладает возможностью подключения одновременно трёх вентиляторов. Стоимость порядка 1000 рублей вполне адекватна для подобного устройства с богатым комплектом поставки в виде полезных аксессуаров, которые будут задействованы в подавляющем большинстве случаев." Владимир Солонин, GreenTechReviews.ru)
13.06.2017 // XtremeSystems.org
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NA-FC1 Review

Noctua continues to push the envelope with new and innovative products, and the the NA-FC1 is a great example of that. This fan controller is ideal for someone with a lot of fans in their system.
Test verdict: "The NA-FC1 might very well be the last fan controller you'll ever need." (Ambrosidou Nat, XtremeSystems.org)
13.06.2017 // Glob3trotters.com
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NA-FC1 Review

What more can you say when you see examples of dedication and perseverance to bring maximum quality and performance on all fronts! This is what we discovered in our testing for Noctua’s new A-Series lineup that excels in both new technologies, refinement of the existing proprietary ones, static pressure, airflow and noise output. Some of the test that we employed are extreme/exaggerated scenarios but the fans still managed to come ahead with flying colors.
Test verdict: "Noctua’s new A-series is defiantly an overall winner because it brings new features to the table without sacrificing what was good in the past models plus further refining those as well." (Alex Nistor, Glob3trotters.com)
12.06.2017 // Razorman.net
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NA-FC1 Review

Esta review es un poco atípica, pues nos centraremos en analizar una serie de accesorios que Noctua nos ha enviado para la ocasión, se trata del adaptador SATA Noctua NA-SAC5, los pads antivibraciones Noctua NA-SAV3 y NA-SAV4 y el controlador de ventiladores Noctua NA-FC1.
Test verdict: "El conjunto de accesorios Noctua NA-SAC5, los pads antivibraciones Noctua NA-SAV3 y NA-SAV4 y el controlador de ventiladores Noctua NA-FC1 ofrecen un conjunto de funcionalidades como pads antivibraciones para la sujección de hasta 4 ventiladores a la caja, un útil adaptador de conexión SATA a conector de 4 pines y un controlador compacto Noctua NA-FC1 que puede controlar hasta 3 ventiladores y es especialmente útil si queremos bajar aún más la velocidad PWM de nuestros ventiladores." (Jose Luis Fernandez, Razorman.net)
06.06.2017 // RealHardTechX.com
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NA-FC1 Review

Con el NA-FC1 Noctua ha llevado los controladores para ventiladores a otro nivel. De funcionamiento exquisito, su compacto tamaño permite colocarlo en cualquier sitio mientras que su enorme funcionalidad nos lleva a disfrutar controlando al máximo nuestros ventiladores. De soberbia calidad de construcción, es, además, tremendamente informativo gracias a las luces Led que implementa. Si a esto le sumamos una completa plétora de cables que acompañan al producto, como el cable divisor de 3 vías por el que se pueden controlar simultáneamente hasta 3 ventiladores, los 6 años de garantía con los que Noctua avala su producto y el ajustado precio al que Noctua lo pone a la venta, el NA-FC1 se convierte en una tentación irresistible.
Test verdict: "En definitiva, otro producto 10 de la mano de Noctua." (José Romero, RealHardTechX.com)
06.06.2017 // HWready.it
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NA-FC1 Review

Le soluzioni da 20 cm sono riuscite a far calare di 15 gradi la temperatura in un case areato con tre ventole da 12 cm, abbassandone anche la rumorosità finale. Le ventole da 12 cm spesse solo 1.5 cm sono quel che ci voleva per riuscire ad installare in case che non lo prevedono anche radiatori più spessi, mantenendo prestazioni superiori a tante ventole da 12 cm. Le piccole ventole da 4 cm sono curate nei dettagli e vantano bundle di tutto rispetto, mi sento di consigliarle vivamente a chi installa SSD m2. Per quanto riguarda gli accessori invece gli anti vibrazione come al solito si comportano benissimo, essi sono utilizzabili su quasi tutte le ventole in commercio e riducono sensibilmente ogni tipo di movimento, oltre a permettere una installazione più veloce e senza cacciavite. Il controller fan piccolo e potente permette di spingere fino a tre ventole ed è dotato di prolunga, utilissimo.
Test verdict: "Siamo giunti alla fine della nostra recensione, ogni qual volta mettiamo le mani su un prodotto Noctua ci accorgiamo dell’enorme cura che il produttore Austriaco mette nei particolari. Ogni singola ventola è accompagnata da un bundle che permette all’utente finale di sfruttarla al meglio. Le prestazioni di questi prodotti sono come sempre al top e non temono confronto con nessun prodotto sul mercato." (Mauro Santoro, HWready.it)
06.06.2017 // HardwareMAX.it
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NA-FC1 Review

Cari amici di HM siamo giunti alle conclusioni, le nuove ventole A-Series si sono rivelate delle ottime ventole sia per i materiali che per la costruzione, e sopratutto per la loro funzionalità che le rende particolarmente potenti con ottimi flussi d’aria e sopratutto per la loro silenziosità. Ottimo il nuovo approccio di Noctua con ventole da 20 cm e con la rinnovata serie da 12 cm, ma con uno spessore di soli 15 mm, che le rendono particolarmente interessanti sopratutto per chi ha problemi di spazio. Non ci resta che consigliarne l’acquisto a chi mira ad un’ottima efficienza ed allo stesso tempo vuole il massimo della silenziosità. L’unico appunto che potremmo fare è sulla colorazione delle ventole, che a molti utenti non piace, ma che sicuramente la contraddistingue, sarebbe ottimo avere anche delle versioni con LED RGB per chi vuole fare modding.
Test verdict: "Le ventole Noctua A-Series sono ben costruite ed assicurano una buona efficienza ed un bassissimo rumore." (Da Igor Lucifaro, HardwareMAX.it)
05.06.2017 // PCnet.com.tr
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NA-FC1 Review

Senelerden beri yüksek kaliteli ve düşük gürültülü soğutma sistemleri sunan Noctua, işlemci soğutucularına ek olarak fanlar da satmakta ve bunlar öncelikli olarak kasa fanı olarak tercih edilmekteydi. Zaman içinde 80/90/120mm klasik fanlara 140mm geniş modeller ve sonrasında 60 ve 40mm alt modeller eklenmişti. Firma bir adım daha ileri atarak en sonunda 200mm fanlar da sundu. Aynı zamanda daha önceki 40x40x10mm fanlara 20mm kalınlıklı versiyon ve 120x120x25mm fanlara 15mm kalınlıklı ince versiyonlar eklendi. Şimdi bu yeni fanlara ve aksesuarlara bakış atıyoruz.
Test verdict: "Kaliteden asla ödün vermeyen Noctua'nın yeni fanları ve aksesuarları ürün gamını genişletiyor ve eksik modelleri tamamlamış oluyor. Sessizlikten ödün verilmiyor." (Gorkem Yildirim, PCnet.com.tr)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)