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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
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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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24.10.2017 // ThinkComputers.com
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Like we stated in the beginning, Noctua offers a great variety of fans and accessories, many of which we didn’t realized they produced. By taking a look at these not so common fan sizes, we have really opened up our eyes to the number of solutions Noctua is providing. Loud or dead fan in a Cisco switch? Swap it out for a compatible Noctua NF-A4x20 model. Need a slim 120mm fan for your low-profile CPU cooler? Check out the NF-A12x15 options. Looking for a compact solution to control the speed of a few fans? The NA-FC1 might do the trick. One thing that really impressed us was the 6-year warranty that each of the items we looked at comes with; not just the fans. We expect some type of warranty on a fan controller, but to have the same 6-year warranty on the tiny anti-vibration mounts, as well as the simple SATA to 4-pin fan adapter, is just fantastic.
Test verdict: "Color us impressed." (Ryan Kerschner, ThinkComputers.com)
04.10.2017 // NewEsc.com
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Das fans que recebemos o destaque vai provavelmente para a primeira fan mainstream de 200mm da Noctua que a introduz com dois modelos, PWM com 4-pin, para um melhor controlo da nossa parte, e o FLX com 3-pin apenas, para um controlo automático. As NF-A20 PWM e NF-A20 FLX seguem as linhas principais da companhia, integrando a melhor tecnologia Noctua. Desde a moldura AAO, para redução do ruído, ao controlador PWM NF-FD1 no caso da primeira, para garantir o melhor controlo das velocidades da ventoinha, e rolamentos SSO2 reconhecidos pela sua estabilização, precisão e durabilidade. Isto, com 6 anos de garantia do fabricante! A esta junta-se a nova ventoinha slim de 120mm, com apenas 15mm de espessura, perfeita para os radiadores no topo das caixas quando temos falta de espaço. E as ventoinhas de 40mm, com opção de 5v para menor velocidade e menor ruído. Vindo da Noctua só esperamos qualidade na hora de testar, em termos de fluxo de ar e ruído, a Noctua é das melhores companhias. A Noctua não se foca só nas ventoinhas, mas em tudo o que sirva estas no sistema. A companhia austríaca tem uma vasta oferta de adaptadores e acessórios de montagem. Alguns desses os seus extras acompanham mesmo as ventoinhas nas respectivas caixas, como os adaptadores LVA/LNA que ajudam a reduzir os níveis de ruído ao estrangular a voltagem. Mas o destaque desta vez vai mesmo para o Noctua NA-FC1, um pequeníssimo controlador de ventoinhas.
Test verdict: "A Noctua não desilude, demonstrando mais uma vez saber o que faz. A introdução de novas soluções na sua principal linha é muito bem vinda." (Filipe Teixeira, NewEsc.com)
28.09.2017 // Overclock3D.net
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The NA-FC1 is a fan controller. Along with the actual control box, which has an input and output side for the cables to attach to, there's an NA-EC1 extension cable, an NA-SC1 Splitter cable and an NA-AC4 input cable with power supply adapter. The fan controller can be used as a conventional fan controller with a 12v feed, or in PWM mode where it will take a signal from the motherboard. In fact, the fan controller can be used as a semi automatic PWM controller with the speed dial limiting the fan speed, whilst still under PWM control. It also has a "No Stop" mode which guarantees that the fans will always turn even when set to their very lowest setting, or to a point where they might otherwise cease to rotate. All in all a clever bit of kit, and we think an essential to keep on hand.
Test verdict: "This one will certainly making it's way to our 'Go-to Drawer'." (Gary Wain, Overclock3D.net)
27.09.2017 // El Chapuzas Informático
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Noctua ha lanzado una nueva colección de productos de gama alta para el apartado de refrigeración que, como siempre, dejan a la marca en excelente lugar. Por un lado, tenemos los ventiladores Noctua NF-A12x15, una excelente alternativa para disipadores slim o chasis compactos donde no tengan cabida los tradicionales de 25 mm de grosor. Los NF-A20 son una opción para chasis que permitan los modelos de 200 mm, aunque no ofrecen una gran mejora frente a modelos de 120 mm. Mientras, los NF-A4x20 son un sustituto ideal para dispositivos ultracompactos, ya sea por reparación o para mejorar su sonoridad. Por si fuera poco, todos ellos ofrecen nada menos que 6 años de garantía, por lo que tenemos ventiladores para rato. Además, Noctua siempre busca suplir todas las necesidades de sus clientes y para ello lanza algunos accesorios como los que hemos visto, los se unen a un inmenso portafolio que podemos consultar aquí.
Test verdict: "Como no podía ser de otra forma, desde del El Chapuzas Informático le otorgamos el Galardón de Platino a los ventiladores Noctua NF-A12x15, NF-A4x20 y NF-A20 y los nuevos accesorios, productos todos ellos de la más alta calidad. En lo que respecta al precio, en el momento de la redacción no están listados en nuestro país." (Iván Martínez, El Chapuzas Informático)
27.09.2017 // JotaReviews.pt
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Todos os modelos apresentados têm em comum os rolamentos SSO2, que tantos prémios têm vindo a dar à Noctua, graças à sua excelente qualidade. Além de ter introduzido novas ventoinhas, a Noctua anunciou também o seu controlador de FANs, sendo ele o NA-FC1. Apresentou também novos kits anti-vibração, sendo eles o NA-SAV3 e NA-SAV4.
Test verdict: "Como aspetos positivos temos a dizer que resalta ao ouvido o ruído baixo que as ventoinhas reproduzem e a sua já falada qualidade de construção. Quanto ao controlador de ventoinhas, apesar de um pouco caro, acho muito interessante, pois este tipo de solução é muito boa para uma benchtable, pois está de fácil acesso, sendo este o seu ponto fraco, caso montem dentro de uma caixa terão de abrir a sua lateral para chegar até ele. Todos os outros acessórios, são todos eles de qualidade conhecida da Noctua." (João Teixeira, JotaReviews.pt)
19.09.2017 // pcfoster.pl
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Wielu konkurentów nie daje wraz ze swoimi urządzeniami niezbędnych akcesoriów przez co jesteśmy narażeni na dodatkowe koszty. Tutaj ten problem nie występuje. Widać, że Noctua przez ponad 12 lat obecności na rynku wykonała wspaniałą pracę i udowodniła, że nawet najlepsze produkty można poprawić. Urządzenia z serii A wyróżniają się przede wszystkimi nowymi technologiami, niskim poziomem hałasu, wysokim przepływem powietrza i przede wszystkim świetnym wykonaniem. Modele A12x15 są ciche, solidne i mają tylko 15 mm grubości, za to A20 sprawdzą się w dużych obudowach, gdzie potrzebny jest duży przepływ powietrza. Małe modele A4x20 są przeznaczone głównie dla środowisk specjalistycznych, a dzięki adapterowi OmniJoin można je wszechstronnie wykorzystać.
Test verdict: "Powyższy artykuł powinien Was tylko utwierdzić w przekonaniu, że produkty austriackiej firmy są w rzeczywistości najwyższej jakości. Każdy z nich został świetnie zaprojektowany i dostarczany jest w bogatym zestawie." (Marcin Jankowski, pcfoster.pl)
19.09.2017 // TechUniverse.it
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Inoltre, abbiamo un cavo di prolunga e un cavo che consente di alimentare il controller tramite un cavo SATA. Il manuale fornito con il Noctua NA-FC1 è molto utile per comprendere le diverse modalità operative di questo dispositivo. Fuori dalla scatola, il Noctua NA-FC1 si presenta come un controller molto piccolo e compatto ma di qualità impeccabile di costruzione. Il potenziometro è molto liscio e senza gradini. In conclusione, questo controller è molto sobrio e pieno di funzioni, un ottimo prodotto come da sempre ci ha abituato la Noctua. Come costo, è un controller per ventole offerto ad un prezzo veramente molto basso, di controller per ventole ne ho visti e provati parecchi, ma questo in assoluto è tra quelli con il miglior rapporto tra qualità e prezzo che si possa trovare sul mercato.
Test verdict: "Controller per ventole della Noctua veramente molto consigliato." (TechUniverse.it)
18.09.2017 // PCElite.pl
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Ceny za każdy produkt tej firmy są wysokie jednak idzie za tymi cenami jakość wykonania, przemyślana konstrukcja, solidność. Te cechy maja odzwierciedlenie wszędzie, w każdym detalu, nawet w szczegółach związanych z opakowaniem, ze sposobem zaciśnięcia termokurczek. Jedynie do czego mogę się przyczepić to kolorystyka (jedni chwalą jak ja, drudzy ganią) oraz cena.
Test verdict: "Długo myślałem nad podsumowaniem jednak opiszę to krótko – Noctua to Noctua. Dobrze wydane pieniądze." (Arkadiusz Byś, PCElite.pl)
11.09.2017 // Tecnogeekies.com
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Hoy hemos presenciado como Noctua lo ha vuelto a hacer, las prestaciones de sus nuevos productos continúan siendo la referencia que siempre han sido, pero hay otras cosas que también van a continuar. Frente a las grandes prestaciones tradicionales de Noctua hay otro aspecto que también se mantiene, este nivel de calidad no es barato, desde los 30€ que cuesta el ventilador de 200mm, el NF-A20. El adaptador SATA por 8€, el controlador por 20€ o los sorprendentes 15€ que cuesta el pequeño ventilador de 40mm, pasando por los más razonables 20€ por el ventilador más tradicional de 120mm. No obstante hemos de hacer hincapié en algo que solemos decir en Tecnogeekies bastante a menudo, aunque 20€ pueden parecer muchos, especialmente solo por un ventilador, su calidad y su durabilidad nos hacen recomendar esta marca siempre que vuestro presupuesto os lo permita.
Test verdict: "La calidad tiene un precio, pero en casos como el de Noctua merece la pena." (Ignacio Merino, Tecnogeekies.com)
17.08.2017 // APHNetworks.com
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Noctua is well known for being quiet, but also have good performance. They have definitely stayed true to their reputation. The Noctua NF-A series have exceptional build quality through and through. All of the fans performed well during the tests. On top of that, they were also quiet, especially if run at nominal speeds instead of their maximum.
Test verdict: "The Noctua NF-A Series is a comprehensive line up of fans that will be great addition to many system environments." (Ben Joubert, APHNetworks.com)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)