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The NF-A15 is a premium quality quiet 140mm fan with a round frame that complies with Noctua’s AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) standard. The NF-A15’s frame features 120mm mounting holes (105mm spacing) and has been enlarged to 150mm width in order to provide superior performance on today’s high-end CPU coolers. Featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A15 further improves the renowned quiet cooling performance of the award-winning NF-P14. Noctua’s custom designed PWM IC for fully automatic speed control and reference class SSO2 bearings guarantee superb running smoothness and excellent long-term stability. Topped off with modular cabling, a Low-Noise Adaptor and 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NF-A15 is a premium choice for the highest demands.
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Succeeding the award-winning NF-P14

Succeeding the award-winning NF-P14

Noctua's NF-P14 fan has become a default-choice among PC enthusiasts looking for a premium quality quiet 140mm fan. Thanks to its thoroughgoing aerodynamic optimisations, the NF-A15/14 provides higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than its much acclaimed predecessor.
Round 140mm frame with 150mm width

Round 140mm frame with 150mm width

The NF-A15 is tailor-made for use on today's high-end CPU coolers: While its 150mm width matches those of most high-end heatsinks, its 140mm height doesn't make it extend on top and thus ensures best case compatibility. The NF-A15's standard 120mm mounting holes (105mm spacing) also make it an ideal performance upgrade for 120mm case or CPU fans.
Flow Acceleration Channels

Flow Acceleration Channels

The NF-A15 impeller features suction side Flow Acceleration Channels. By speeding up the airflow at the crucial outer blade regions, this measure reduces suction side flow separation and thus leads to better efficiency and lower vortex noise.
AAO Frame

AAO Frame

Noctua's AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) frames feature integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua's proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which further refine the fan's performance/noise efficiency.
Stepped Inlet Design

Stepped Inlet Design

Noctua's Stepped Inlet Design adds turbulence to the influx in order to facilitate the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow, which reduces tonal intake noise, improves flow attachment and increases suction capacity, especially in space-restricted environments.
Inner Surface Microstructures

Inner Surface Microstructures

With the tips of the fan blades ploughing through the boundary layer created by the Inner Surface Microstructures, flow separation from the suction side of the blades is significantly suppressed, which results in reduced blade passing noise and improved airflow and pressure efficiency.
Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads

Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads

Integrated Anti-Vibration Pads made from extra-soft silicone minimise the transmission of minute vibrations while maintaining full compatibility with all standard screws and other mounting systems.
SSO2 Bearing

SSO2 Bearing

The NF-A15 features the further optimised second generation of Noctua's renowned, time-tested SSO bearing. With SSO2, the rear magnet is placed closer to the axis to provide even better stabilisation, precision and durability.
Metal bearing shell

Metal bearing shell

In order to guarantee the highest possible degree of manufacturing precision, minimum tolerance and excellent long-term stability, the NF-A15 sports a CNC milled bearing shell made entirely from brass.
Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the NF-A15 PWM uses Noctua's novel, custom-designed NE-FD1 PWM IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque impulses, SCD suppresses PWM switching noises and thus makes the fan quieter at low speeds.
Low-Noise Adaptor

Low-Noise Adaptor

The NF-A15 PWM is supplied with a (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 1200 to 900rpm. The L.N.A. can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 900rpm or to cap the maximum speed when using automatic PWM control.
Extensive cabling options

Extensive cabling options

The fan's short 20cm primary cable minimises cable clutter in typical applications while the supplied 30cm extension provides extended reach when necessary. Both cables are fully sleeved and a 4-pin y-cable allows the connection of a second NF-A15 PWM fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.
Ultra-Low Power Consumption

Ultra-Low Power Consumption

Despite of its further improved performance, the NF-A15 PWM consumes only 0.96W of power, which amounts to a reduction of about 20% as compared to its predecessor. This doesn't only make it eco-friendly but also helps to cut down the electricity bill!
6-year manufacturer’s warranty

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua fans are renowned for their impeccable quality and outstanding longevity. Like all Noctua fans, the NF-A15 features an MTBF of more than 150.000 hours rating and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty.
NF-A15 PWM
FAN Specification
Size
140x150x25 mm
Mounting hole spacing
105x105 mm
Connector
4-Pin PWM
Bearing
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)
300 RPM
Acoustical Noise
19,2 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
13,8 dB(A)
Static Pressure
1,51 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
0,89 mm H₂O
Max. Input Power
0,96 W
Max. Input Current
0,08 A
Voltage
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • 4-Pin Y-Cable
  • 30cm Extension Cable
  • 4 Vibration-Compensators
  • 4 Fan Screws
Warranty
6 years
NF-A15 PWM
08.01.2017 // tinysilentpc.se
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The 1200 RPM version peaked at 651 RPM at very sudden high CPU load, which was very gentle, and not noticeable. With LNA, the 1200 RPM version got also about 10% decrease fan RPM at sudden CPU load, which is a decrease it didnt really need, since it was already very gentle, even at bursts / sudden CPU loads.
Test verdict: "Noctua NF A15 PWM 1200 RPM version got excellent automatic speed control (PWM), silence, sound character, and air flow. It is really in a class of its own!" (Robert Andersson, tinysilentpc.se)
03.01.2017 // HardManiacos.com
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Primeramente probamos el equipo con el ventilador que trae de serie, comprobando así la diferencia al colocarle más tarde el segundo ventilador. En el primer caso llegamos a una temperatura máxima de 95ºC después de tener al 100% el equipo durante un tiempo. A continuación procedemos a colocar el segundo ventilador y realizamos la misma prueba de estrés, dándonos una temperatura máxima de 84ºC, viendo así la reducción de temperatura al poner este segundo ventilador.
Test verdict: "Como conclusión, vemos como al colocar el segundo ventilador NF-A15 PWM junto al disipador NH-U14S, en las pruebas realizadas, mejora la eficiencia del conjunto, reduciendo en unos 10ºC la temperatura con respecto al uso del propio ventilador de serie. Con lo que, si tenemos un equipo al que le realizamos algo de OC al procesador o si queremos mejorar la duración de éste componente, teniéndolo a unas temperaturas más bajas, os recomendamos el uso de este segundo ventilador, con lo que reduciremos la temperatura de la CPU." (Daniel Rey, HardManiacos.com)
18.01.2016 // TechArena.in
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Noctua NF-A15 PWM is a full fan that requires quite nice amount of space. Many mid tower and full tower CPU case have slots on the top side, on the front and on the back. Some case also have slots on the side panels. The fan sites pretty well on the top I think that would be a good place or else the front bottom is also good enough. It is easy to setup, and thanks to the extension cable that can let you to manage the cable. I had connected the fan on the below setup. I am already having a liquid cooler on my system. That adds more to the advantage. Noctua NF-A15 PWM is capable of giving good amount of airflow inside the case that is necessary for servers and gaming pc.
Test verdict: "Noctua NF-A15 PWM costs around Rs.3000 approx on Amazon. This amount would be high for a single fan, but if you are ready to spend on a high performance fan, then this one is worth to go for." (Rakesh Khetan, TechArena.in)
09.02.2015 // QWERTYmag.it
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In questa recensione ci siamo realmente resi conto di quanto Noctua sia attenta ai dettagli e alla cura dei propri prodotti anche in delle “semplici” ventole che poi, in questo caso specifico, semplici non sono visto l’elevata cura nella produzione e nelle tecnologie adottate. Ci ha stupito moltissimo il fatto di ritrovare tutte le tecnologie citate nell’introduzione anche nelle ventole di dimensione ridotta come le NF-A4. Siamo decisamente soddisfatti sia dalle prestazioni in termini di efficienza/rumore, sia dal bundle che dai prezzi decisamente in linea con quelli di altri produttori ma assolutamente superiori in termini di caratteristiche e prestazioni. Attribuiamo a tutta la NF-A Series il premio Gold Award per l’innovazione tecnologica e la cura dei particolari che L’azienda ha dimostrato in questa serie di ventole super-efficienti.
Test verdict: "Ventole per ogni tipo di esigenza. Noctua con la serie NF-A ha pensato proprio a tutti e a tutto proponendo prodotti di altissima qualità e tecnologia mantenendo un ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo. Decisamente apprezzata la cura dei dettagli e del bundle che rendoni queste ventole il TOP DI GAMMA sul mercato." (Davide Torno, QWERTYmag.it)
17.11.2014 // HWready.it
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Sleeving dei cavi e dotazione bundle sempre fantastico, l’azienda Austriaca non si smentisce mai da questo punto di vista. Facile il montaggio con i gommini rapidi in dotazione e l’utilizzo con le prolunghe e gli adattatori presenti, inoltre tutte le ventole sono munite dei gommini anti-vibrazione a gli angoli. Le ventole da 140mm e 150mm sono più efficienti e silenziose delle comuni e quasi sempre usate da 120mm, infatti le Noctua in esame di comportano benissimo! Perfette, silenziose ed adatte ad ogni utilizzo. Le versioni PWM riescono a combinare in modo fantastico silenziosità e potenza dissipante, fanno il loro dovere in ogni situazione di utilizzo: nei case per creare il flusso d’aria, sul dissipatore per CPU e sui radiatori dell’impianto a liquido, insomma versatili ed affidabili.
Test verdict: "Qualità dei materiali superba (come sempre), Noctua rimane un punto di riferimento per le ventole. Abbiamo provato 4 modelli, 3 da 140mm ed 1 da 150mm, tutti fantastici" (Santoro Luigi, HWready.it)
02.09.2014 // ActualidadHardware.com
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Tras probar las serie NF-A de 140mm podemos decir que estamos ante cuatro grandes ventiladores, en general silenciosos y con un buen caudal aire. De la serie NF-A14 tenemos el modelo FLX que es silencioso y mueve un buen caudal de aire. El modelo ULN es el más silencioso de los analizados, es inaudible aunque su caudal no es excesivamente alto pero suficiente para refrigerar nuestra torre. El modelo PWM es silencioso eso si, a máximas revoluciones empieza a sonar algo más, moviendo un gran caudal de aire. De la serie NF-A15 el modelo PWM es el que más caudal mueve de los cuatro modelos analizados, a máximas rpm ya suena algo pero es normal debido al gran flujo de aire que genera. Concluimos que son ventiladores muy similares, cuyas diferencias son la velocidad de rotación. El modelo ULN está especialmente diseñado como ventilador auxiliar por su baja sonoridad. El modelo NF-A14 FLX destaca por ser silencioso y tener un buen rendimiento, pudiendo regularle las rpm mediante los adaptadores que incluye. El modelo NF-A14 PWM destaca por ofrecer un gran rendimiento regulando las rpm forma automática. Y el modelo NF-A15 PWN que tiene la particularidad de que dispone agujeros de montaje de 120mm, destacando su gran caudal de aire y sonoridad.
Test verdict: "No hace falta decir nada más, que hemos analizados unos grandes ventiladores muy versátiles, silenciosos y con un gran rendimiento, así que no podemos dejar de recomendarlos." (Jose Maria Martinez Perdigones, ActualidadHardware.com)
01.05.2014 // Conseil Config
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Comme d'habitude chez Noctua les nuisances sonores sont très basses, ils sont tous inaudibles à 5v et se font entendre à 12v, à part pour le ULN qui lui reste quasiment inaudible même à fond! Les ventilateurs produisent tous un son grave (comme tous ceux de la marque) qui n'est pas gênant et les moteurs sont dépourvus de bruits parasites, un très bon point.
Test verdict: "Nous voici arrivé au terme de ce test, que dire de ces Noctua NF-A14 ? On voit bien qu'ils sont de la même famille que les NF-S12A et continuent dans l'excellence, que ce soit au niveau des performances que dans le bundle en passant par un SAV au top et 6 ans de garantie. Vous ne pouvez pas vous tromper en optant pour un de ces ventilateurs" (Christian Marchini, Conseil Config)
08.12.2013 // infoBIT.pl
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Pozostaje więc pytanie, czy mogę polecić zakup recenzowanych "śmigieł". Dla pewnej grupy odbiorców na pewno będzie to bardzo dobra opcja. Wykonanie nie pozostawia żadnych złudzeń, to produkt najwyżej klasy i nie oszczędzano tutaj na materiałach. Nie muszę chyba wspominać o świetnym wsparciu technicznym ze strony producet i 6-letniej gwarancji. Należy zatem pamiętać, że płacąc te 80 - 85 zł, nie płącimy tylko za sam produkt, ale też za całą otoczkę w postaci właśnie supportu, który nie zawodzi.
Test verdict: "Nie jest to zatem sprzęt dla każdego, bo nie wszyscy wymagają tak wiele, jednak myślę, że zasługuje na moją rekomendację." (Wojtek Braś, infoBIT.pl)
28.11.2013 // PCElite.pl
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Na pochwałę zasługuje pomysł stworzenia wentylatora o rozpiętości śmigieł jak w wentylatorze 150mm, a zrobienie mocowań o rozstawach jak w zwykłym 140mm. Wygląd wentylatora urzeka. Połączenie kolorów jest trafione. Nie brakuje dodatków. Duży plus za bardzo niski poziom szumów wydobywających się z wentylatora. Łożyska są nie słyszalne. Noctuna zrobiła faktycznie produkt najwyższej klasy.
Test verdict: "Wentylator cechuje bardzo ładny wygląd, oraz świetna jakość wykonania. Jest cichy i całkiem wydajny, oraz oferuje system montażu 150mm wentylatora na 140mm miejscach." (Arkadiusz Byś, PCElite.pl)
04.11.2013 // SvětHardware.cz
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Noctua nedávno obohatila svou nabídku ventilátorů o zbrusu nové modely, z nichž si dnes pomocí nové metodiky zkoumající průtok vzduchu i jeho rozptyl vyzkoušíme 120, 140 i 150mm verze. Postavit je budeme moci proti starším verzím i vybrané konkurenci.
Test verdict: "Provedení všech nových ventilátorů Noctua je na velmi vysoké úrovni, což platí i pro dodávané příslušenství a detaily jako gumové podložky v rozích, které mají tlumit vibrace." (Jan Vítek, SvětHardware.cz)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

Can use the NF-A15 fan on my Noctua CPU cooler?

The NF-A15 is fully compatible with the NH-U12P, NH-C12P and NH-C12P SE14. On the NH-D14 and NH-C14, the NF-A15 fan can only be installed using optional fan clips. For this, please contact our customer service.

Does the NF-A15 PWM that comes with Noctua coolers run at a different speed (1500rpm) than the retail model (1200rpm)?

Yes, the NF-A15 PWM bundled with our heatsinks is specified to run at 1500rpm (see cooler specifications for details) and the retail model is specified to run at 1200rpm (see fan specifications for details). The 1200rpm retail model is ideal for setting up push/pull configurations in combination with the coolers’ 1500rpm stock fan because the combination of the 1500 and 1200rpm models provides a better balance of performance and noise than the combination of two 1500rpm versions. On dual-tower coolers such as the NH-D15S, we recommend to run the 1500rpm version in the center and the 1200rpm version on the front. On single-tower coolers such as the NH-U14S, we recommend to run the 1500rpm version on the front and the 1200rpm version on the back of the cooler. The NA-YC1 y-cable supplied with the retail fan can be used in order to control both fans via one PWM fan header. In this case, both fans will scale individually according to the PWM duty cycle supplied by the motherboard, e.g. they will run at ~1500/1200 respectively at 100% duty cycle, ~750/600rpm at 50% duty cycle, etc. Both at 100% and lower speeds, the speed difference between the fans reduces resonance phenomena and thus helps to achieve the best balance of performance and noise.

Can I run 4-pin PWM fans on 3-pin fan headers?

PWM fans come with a 4-pin connectors for fully automatic speed control via your mainboard’s 4-pin PWM fan headers. Please note that 4-pin fans can also be connected to your mainboard’s 3-pin fan headers though. When connected to 3-pin fan headers, the fan will run at full speed (unless the mainboard supports voltage based speed control).

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