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 PWM version uses Noctua’s custom designed NE-FD1 IC for fully automatic speed control via 4-pin fan headers, which allows it to strike a perfect balance between quietness and ventilation performance in each given situation. 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.
Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Custom-designed PWM IC with SCD

Supporting fully automatic PWM speed control, the fan uses Noctua's 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-A20 PWM is supplied with a (L.N.A.) that reduces the maximum fan speed from 800 to 550rpm. The L.N.A. can be used either to run the fan at a fixed speed of 550rpm 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 fan to the same PWM fan header for automatic control.
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
4-Pin PWM
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
800 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
550 RPM
Min. Rotational Speed (PWM, +/-20%)
350 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.)
  • 4-pin y-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 PWM 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 PWM 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)
18.06.2017 // TechUniverse.it

NF-A20 PWM Review

Se acquisterete una ventola Noctua NF-A20 PWM, vi accorgerete dopo poco tempo che la spesa ne è valsa la pena. Una ventola di fascia alta eccellente in ogni aspetto. Un capolavoro di ingegneria con un grande arsenale di tecnologie, superba qualità costruttiva, prestazioni e prezzo piuttosto basso se teniamo conto di tutto ciò. Se avete abbastanza spazio nel vostro case per ospitare una ventola di queste dimensioni, di sicuro non potete lasciarvi scappare un prodotto di altissima qualità come la NF-A20 PWM di Noctua.
Test verdict: "Se avete bisogno di una ventola per il vostro PC da 200mm ad alte prestazioni, di ottima qualità e realizzate per durare nel tempo, la ventola Noctua NF-A20 PWM è davvero molto consigliata." (TechUniverse.it)
16.06.2017 // TechHardware.it

NF-A20 PWM 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 PWM 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 PWM 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 // mod-your-case.de

NF-A20 PWM Review

Für das Einsatzgebiet eines 200-mm-Lüfters, welches in der leisen aber zugleich guten Durchlüftung eines Gehäuses liegt, bietet der NF-A20 PWM eine sehr ausgewogene Leistung. Der Lüfter schafft es bei einer sehr angenehmen Geräuschkulisse eine Luftmenge von fast 150 m³/h zu fördern, wodurch er trotz der niedrigen Drehzahl von 800 RPM eine sehr hohe Leistung bietet. Auch wenn der statische Druck nicht so hoch ist, wie bei 120 bzw. 140 mm großen Modellen aus der A-Serie von Noctua, kann der Lüfter auch auf einem entsprechenden Radiator eine gute Figur machen. Dies liegt daran, dass die Lamellen eines 200-mm-Radiators in der Regel nicht so eng beieinanderliegen, wie bei kleineren Radiatoren, wodurch kein so großer statischer Druck benötigt wird. Durch die PWM-Steuerung kann der Lüfter in diesem Einsatzgebiet zudem automatisch geregelt werden.
Test verdict: "Mit dem NF-A20 PWM hat Noctua sein Sortiment um einen 200-mm-PWM-Lüfter erweitert, welcher sich bestens dazu eignet, um in kompatiblen Gehäusen für eine mehr als ausreichende Belüftung zu sorgen bzw. die verbaute Wasserkühlung mit einem entsprechenden Radiator auf angenehmen Temperaturen zu halten." (Patrick Seus, mod-your-case.de)
08.06.2017 // GameIT.es

NF-A20 PWM 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 PWM 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 PWM 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)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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 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).

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

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 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!


How can I check if my 4-pin fan header supports PWM?

Some mainboards feature 4-pin fan headers that actually don‘t use a PWM signal on Pin 4 to control the fan speed but rather reduce the voltage on Pin 2 (like a standard 3-pin fan header). As the fan speed at minimum voltage is usually higher than the speed at 20% PWM duty cycle, the fan can not reach as low minimum speeds under voltage control as under PWM control. Please refer to your mainboard manual to check whether or not your mainboard has 4-pin fan headers that control the fan speed by reducing voltage on Pin 2 rather than by changing the PWM duty cycle on Pin 4:

4 pin fan header types

Note that mainboard manufacturers use different terms to indicate that Pin 4 is not being used for PWM control (e.g. “+5V”, “VCC” or “NC”), but if one of these terms is used, you can be sure that the fan header does not support PWM. If Pin 4 is described as “Speed Control” or “PWM” or the like, you can be sure that the fan header supports PWM.

Unfortunately, the description of Pin 2 is not always a clear indication as some manufacturers use terms such as “Fan PWR” or “Power” for both types of fan headers. However, if Pin 2 is described as “Speed Control”, you can also be sure that the fan header does not support PWM based speed control. If Pin 2 is described as “+12V”, this is a clear indication that the fan header supports PWM.

Please also note that in some cases, the descriptions of the pin layouts in the mainboard manuals may not be correct and some models actually allow you to switch the fan headers from voltage control mode to PWM control mode in the BIOS even though the pin descriptions do not indicate PWM support. We thus recommend to look for these options in the BIOS before taking other measures. In case of doubt, please contact your mainboard manufacturer.

If your mainboard features other 4-pin fan headers that use PWM for speed control, you can run multiple fans from these headers using Y-split cables. Make sure not to exceed the specified maximum power draw of the fan headers (usually 10-12W) though.

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 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.

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

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