The NF-A20 is a highly optimised, premium quality quiet 200mm fan. Featuring an AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) standard frame as well as sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A20 brings the renowned quiet cooling performance of Noctua’s award-winning A-series to the increasingly popular 20cm form factor. The FLX version provides 800/550rpm speed settings via the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor in order to provide full flexibility in fine-tuning the fan for maximum ventilation performance or near-silent operation. Its superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua’s trusted premium quality make the NF-A20 an elite choice for the highest demands.
Award-winning Noctua quality in 20cm size

Award-winning Noctua quality in 20cm size

While more and more PC cases support 20cm intake, side-panel or exhaust fans, many of the bundled stock units and available aftermarket options are of questionable quality. By contrast, the NF-A20 is a true premium grade solution worthy of Noctua’s award-winning A-series.
154mm, 110x180mm and 170mm hole spacing

154mm, 110x180mm and 170mm hole spacing

In order to ensure broad compatibility with today’s PC cases, the NF-A20 features three sets of mounting holes: While the 154x154mm and 110x180mm spacing allow it to replace most 200mm fans, the 170x170mm spacing is used by many 230 and 250mm fans, which can thus also be replaced by the NF-A20.*
Flow Acceleration Channels

Flow Acceleration Channels

The NF-A20 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.
Smooth Commutation Drive 2

Smooth Commutation Drive 2

The latest version of Noctua's advanced Smooth Commutation Drive system ensures superb running smoothness by eliminating torque variations and switching noises. This makes the fan remarkably quiet even at very close distances.
Low-Noise Adaptor for full flexibility

Low-Noise Adaptor for full flexibility

The NF-A420 FLX (Flexibility) is supplied with a Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 800 to 550rpm so that it can be fine-tuned for superior airflow or maximum quietness.
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 the supplied 3:4 pin adaptor allows the connection of the fan directly to the power supply.
SSO2 bearing

SSO2 bearing

The NF-A20 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.
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-A20 features an MTTF of more than 150.000 hours rating and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.
*As there is no fixed industry standard for the size or hole spacing of 200mm, 220mm, 230mm or 250mm fans, please carefully check both the hole setup of your chassis and the available space (the NF-A20 is 30mm thick whereas some other 200mm fans are only 20mm!) in order to verify that the NF-A20 is compatible with your chassis. In case of doubt, please contact your chassis manufacturer.
FAN Specification
200x200x30 mm
Mounting hole spacing
154x154, 110x180, 170x170 mm
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
800 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
550 RPM
Acoustical Noise
18,1 dB(A)
Acoustical Noise with L.N.A.
10,7 dB(A)
Static Pressure
1,08 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
0,51 mm H₂O
Max. Input Power
0,96 W
Max. Input Current
0,08 A
12 V
> 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • 3:4-pin adaptor cable
  • 30cm extension cable
  • NA-AV3 anti-vibration mounts
  • NA-AV4 anti-vibration mounts
  • Fan screws
6 years
A-Series fans
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.
26.06.2017 // modding.fr

NF-A20 FLX Review

La finition est toujours du niveau Noctua, donc excellente. On parle bien de finition et non de couleur qui est un argument totalement subjectif… On retrouve tous les atouts qui font du ventilateur de la série NF-A un excellent ventilateur. Une construction faite pour durer tout en maîtrisant le niveau sonore et les performances (la garantie est portée à 6 ans). Certes la pression statique n’est pas des plus élevée, mais ce n’est pas ce que l’on demande à un ventilateur de 200 mm vu qu’il ne sera pas associé à un radiateur Aircooling ou Watercooling. Nous allons plutôt le juger sur son débit d’air qu’il est capable d’engendrer : 146.9 m3/h ! Seules les versions IndustrialPPC font mieux mais engendrent une forte augmentation du niveau sonore.
Test verdict: "Avec le NF-A20, le bruit est géré à plusieurs niveaux et le résultat est tout aussi agréable pour nos oreilles." (Bertrand Curras, modding.fr)
13.06.2017 // Overclockers.com

NF-A20 FLX Review

These fans took a long time to get right. Noctua should be praised for holding them back until they were this good. These are strongly built fans. Just holding them is a pleasure. In the photographs you can see the struts, but in person the broad blades seem to take up the whole disk. The fans come with a lot of accessories, including enough that you can choose how to fasten your fan. And the many screw-holes will let this fan to go into a large number of settings. You won’t be able to tell that Noctua used a new material for its impeller: it behaves like a 120 mm or a 140 mm fan. It has none of the pliability you have come to expect in a fan this large. It’s solid and Noctua is keeping the price down to match their other fans. That last is pretty amazing. At bottom a fan is a fan. It is a rotating device which pushes air. But this moves a lot of air and it does so very quietly and uses less than a watt doing so.
Test verdict: "It makes me want to go out and get a case that needs 200 mm fans." (Ed Hume, overclockers.com)
16.06.2017 // mod-your-case.de

NF-A20 FLX Review

Wenn einem Zweidrittel der gebotenen Fördermenge ebenfalls reichen, kann der Lüfter bei einer Drehzahl von 550 RPM fast lautlos arbeiten. Die Verarbeitung wurde auf einem sehr hohen Niveau ausgeführt, welches wir in dieser Art schon von vielen anderen Lüftern aus dem Hause Noctua kennen. Durch die verschiedenen Montagebohrungen bringt der Lüfter zudem eine höhere Kompatibilität mit, als man sie von anderen 200-mm-Lüftern her kennt.
Test verdict: "Mit dem NF-A20 FLX hat Noctua sein Sortiment um einen 200-mm-Lüfter erweitert, welcher sich bestens dazu eignet, um in kompatiblen Gehäusen für eine mehr als ausreichende Belüftung zu sorgen. Dies gelingt dem Lüfter bei einer Drehzahl von 800 RPM auf einer sehr angenehmen Geräuschkulisse." (Patrick Seus, mod-your-case.de)
16.06.2017 // TechHardware.it

NF-A20 FLX Review

Le ventole Noctua A-Serie che andremo ad analizzare quest’oggi, è stata ufficialmente presentata a Vienna poche settimane fa (precisamente il 17 Maggio). Questa serie di ventole, come specificato da Roland Mossing CEO di Noctua, è stata più volte richiesta dai propri clienti al fine di colmare un gap di tipologia di ventole presenti. Basate sul più avanzato sistema SSO2 Bearing, questa serie di ventole integra il massimo dei brevetti e dello studio degli ingegneri Noctua. Integra infatti anche un design delle ventole di tipo AAO (Advance Acousting Optimisation) che permette di ridurre ulteriormente il rumore. Il colore di struttura, pale e supporti antivibrazione riprendono appieno lo standard delle versioni premium dell’azienda svizzera, ovvero beige per la struttura e marrone per pale e supporti antivibrazione.
Test verdict: "Eccellente il lavoro svolto anche in questo caso dall'azienda Australiana, è riuscita a produrre e commercializzare prodotti davvero validi riuscendo a mantenere prezzi competitivi con questa A-Serie." (Tommaso Biallo, TechHardware.it)
15.06.2017 // GameIT.es

NF-A20 FLX Review

Muestra de esto son los ventiladores NF-A4X20 en sus dos versiones, 12 y 5v, y con las subfamilias PWM y FLX en cada una de ellas, ofreciendo una refrigeración excepcional con una sonoridad ínfima ya no solo para PCs de reducidas dimensiones sino para cualquier equipo electrónico que use ventilación de estas medidas, pudiendo disfrutar de la garantía de calidad y acabados de Noctua. En lo que a accesorios se refiere se agradece la posibilidad de adquirir repuestos, como los sistemas de montaje NA SAV3 y NA-SAV4 para nuestros ventiladores Noctua, ya que a pesar de que son sumamente resistente los que “cacharreamos” más de la cuenta acabamos necesitando repuestos. Poco podemos hablar de su funcionamiento, únicamente decir que cumplen a la perfección con su cometido, si bien se agradecería encontrarlos en mayor variedad de colores para que vayan a juego con nuestro chasis. Por último la gran sorpresa de esta review, el controlador Noctua NA-FC1. Una solución excepcional para aquellas placas base con opciones de configuración PWM limitadas o para no tener que acceder a la BIOS cada vez que queramos cambiarla.
Test verdict: "Cuando llevas años trabajando con una marca que se esmera tanto en sus productos como Noctua es difícil afrontar una review con expectativas bajas, y es que siguen innovando para ofrecer productos de primerísima calidad y compatibles con el mayor número de chasis y otros equipos electrónicos para que cualquiera que necesite un ventilador o accesorio pueda disfrutar de todo lo que Noctua puede ofrecer en este sentido." (Miguel G. Mingorance, GameIT.es)
13.06.2017 // Glob3trotters.com

NF-A20 FLX 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)
08.06.2017 // GameIT.es

NF-A20 FLX Review

Afrontamos la review a sabiendas del resultado que íbamos a obtener, y es que si algo ha demostrado Noctua a lo largo de los años en los que llevamos analizando sus productos es que son capaces de mantener un estándar de calidad sublime en todos y cada uno de sus lanzamientos, y ésta no iba a ser la primera excepción, ofreciéndonos ventiladores con un excelente rendimiento y una sonoridad irrisoria. Además, en ambos casos se ha optado por ofrecer una máxima adaptabilidad (con los diferentes orificios del NF-A20 para que sea compatible con el mayor número de chasis y la reducción del perfil de los NF- A12X15.
Test verdict: "Por tanto, otorgamos los galardones de Calidad Precio, Producto recomendado y Producto Premium a los ventiladores Noctua NF-A20 y NF-A12X15." (Miguel G. Mingorance, GameIT.es)
06.06.2017 // HWready.it

NF-A20 FLX 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

NF-A20 FLX 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

NF-A20 FLX 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)

How should I clean my Noctua fan?

Fans inside computer cases tend to accumulate dust over longer periods of usage. In order to maintain maximum performance, please clean your fans regularly using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please do not use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan and do not put the fan under running water as water residues inside the motor may lead to short circuits.
In order to ensure flawless operation over many years of usage, Noctua’s premium grade SSO bearings are fully sealed to prevent the entering of fine dust particles. Please note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty.

Can I disassemble my fan for cleaning (or other purposes, e.g. painting)?

In order to ensure flawless operation over many years of usage, all Noctua fans come with a premium grade SSO bearing, which is fully sealed to prevent the entering of fine dust particles. Please note that the fan is not designed to be taken apart by the user. Removing the impeller from the frame will break the sealing of the bearing and results in a loss of warranty.

It is thus recommended to clean your fans using a duster, slightly moist tissue or canned air. Please be careful not to use too much force in order to prevent any damage to the fan. Please don’t use a vacuum cleaner as this may apply excessive force to the fan.

Can I run Noctua 3-pin fans on 4-pin PWM connectors and use my mainboard’s automatic fan controller?

You can simply connect our fan's 3-pin connector to the 4-pin PWM sockets of today's mainboards so that the fourth pin that transmits the PWM signal is left blank (due to the shape of the connector, there's no danger of reversing polarity). Some mainboards (e.g. current Gigabyte models) are capable of controlling fans not only via PWM, but also by adjusting the supplied voltage. In some cases, this may require you to change BIOS options like "Fan Control Mode" from "PWM" to "Voltage" or "Analog". Please consult your mainboard's manual in this regard. However, some mainboards use an "auto" setting by default that automatically chooses PWM or voltage based regulation according to the connected fan. Automatically controlling the fan speed may not possible on mainboards that pulse the power rather than lowering the fan voltage.


What pin configuration do Noctua 12V fans use?

All Noctua fans feature the standard pin-configurations set out in the Intel and AMD specifications. These standard pin-configurations are used on most mainboards and fan controllers today:

pin configuration

Can I use Noctua fans in my system from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands?

Noctua 12V fans comply with the established specifications for standard PC systems issued by Intel and AMD. Systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands often deviate from these specifications e.g. by using proprietary fan headers, custom pin-alignments or pin-configurations, different methods of fan speed control, etc. This can lead to compatibility issues when using Noctua fans in systems from said brands. Some of these problems can be avoided with some technical knowledge, but especially BIOS related issues (e.g. errors or shutdowns due to low fan speed) can often not be resolved. As a result, Noctua does not officially support systems from Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo or other major brands.

Can Noctua fans be used to replace noisy stock fans in NAS devices?

Noctua fans such as the 40, 60, 80 or 92mm NF-A series models are ideal for replacing noisy stock fans in NAS devices in order to make them quieter and thousands of users have managed to significantly reduce the noise levels of their NAS units this way. However, while it is easy and straightforward to replace the fans in some cases, it can be very difficult in others, so Noctua strongly recommends that users carefully research if it is possible to easily replace the fan(s) of their NAS device before purchasing a Noctua fan for this purpose. Some of the common issues that can occur when replacing NAS fans are:

  • Different pin assignment: Whereas Noctua fans use the standardised pin assignment for PC fans (see this FAQ for details), some NAS units use different assignments. For example, some devices have the power and GND or rpm and PWM pins swapped. Therefore please carefully verify that your NAS device uses the same pin assignment as standard fans. Experienced users may also change the pin assignment by cutting and resoldering the fan cables, but please note that this will void your Noctua manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Different pin functions: Noctua fans use the standardised pin functions for PC fans (see this FAQ for details); however, some NAS units use fans where certain pins serve a different function. For example, some devices use the RPM pin for “power good” signals. Therefore please carefully verify that your NAS device uses the same pin functions.
  • Firmware speed control: Some NAS devices demand a certain maximum or minimum fan speed. If the new fan doesn’t have the same or similar maximum or minimum speed, the device may display errors or even shut down.
  • Different starting voltage: Most NAS devices use voltage-based speed control. If the new fan has a higher starting voltage than the original fan, it may not start up right away. This may lead the NAS device to display errors or even shut down because it suspects a fan failure.
  • Different power draw: Some NAS devices monitor the fan’s power draw. If the new fan has a lower power consumption than the stock fan, the device might display errors or even shut down.

Please note that most NAS manufacturers don’t provide detailed documentation regarding fan compatibility and control, so users who want to replace the fans of their devices usually have to rely on “How to” guides, blog and forum posts or video tutorials. For example, there are excellent video tutorials available for changing the fans in popular Synology NAS models (DS416j, DS1515+ and DS1812+ in English, DS416/DS415/DS916/DS216/DS214 and DS1515+ in German). Please also note that fan compatibility and control can vary from model to model and even from revision to revision even if the devices stem from the same manufacturer. As a result, it is important to make sure that the information or guidelines you rely on when replacing your NAS fan are applicable to your specific model as well as your specific hardware and firmware revision.

Due to the possible issues listed above, Noctua recommends that only experienced users attempt to replace their NAS fans. Please note that since there are so many different NAS models and most of them lack documentation for aspects such as fan compatibility and control, Noctua customer support cannot assist you with compatibility issues when replacing NAS fans. Please contact your NAS manufacturer for any questions regarding aspects such as the device’s pin alignment or fan monitoring and control.

Can I use Low-Noise Adaptors with y-cables / multiple fans?

Yes, Low-Noise Adaptors (L.N.A.s) can be used with y-cables, but please make sure to use one L.N.A. per fan and to place the L.N.A.s between the y-cable and the fans as shown below. Never use one L.N.A. for two (or more fans) by placing it between the mainboard and the y-cable!


Which Noctua fan or CPU cooler should I buy? How to choose the right model?

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