The NF-A14 is a premium quality quiet 140mm fan with a square frame that complies with Noctua’s AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) standard. Its square shape and 140mm mounting holes (124.5mm spacing) make it ideal for use on watercooling radiators or as an upgrade for 140mm case fans. Featuring sophisticated aerodynamic design measures such as Flow Acceleration Channels, the NF-A14 further improves the renowned quiet cooling performance of the award-winning NF-P14. The ULN version provides super-slow 800/650rpm speed settings for ultra-low-noise applications and highly noise sensitive users who demand near-silent operation. Its superb running smoothness, reference-class SSO2 bearing and Noctua’s trusted premium quality make it an elite choice for the highest demands.
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-A14 provides higher static pressure and an even better airflow/noise ratio than its much acclaimed predecessor.
Square 140mm frame

Square 140mm frame

The NF-A14's square 140mm frame with 140mm mounting holes (124.5mm spacing) makes it a premium grade replacement for common 140mm case fans and perfect for use on 140mm water cooling radiators, where its square shape will ensure full coverage and best pressure performance.
Flow Acceleration Channels

Flow Acceleration Channels

The NF-A14 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-A14 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-A14 sports a CNC milled bearing shell made entirely from brass.
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 NF-A14 remarkably quiet even at very close distances.
2 speed settings for maximum quietness

2 speed settings for maximum quietness

Providing 800 and 650 rpm speed settings via the supplied adaptor, the ULN (Ultra-Low-Noise) version is tailor made for serious silent enthusiasts who demand super-slow running speeds and utmost quietness of operation.
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.
Ultra-Low Power Consumption

Ultra-Low Power Consumption

Despite of its further improved performance, the NF-A14 ULN consumes only 0.48W of power. 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-A14 features an MTTF of more than 150.000 hours rating and comes with a full 6-year manufacturer's warranty.
FAN Specification
140x140x25 mm
Mounting hole spacing
124,5x124,5 mm
Blade Geometry
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
800 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
650 RPM
Acoustical Noise
11,9 dB(A)
Static Pressure
0,69 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
0,42 mm H₂O
Max. Input Power
0,48 W
Max. Input Current
0,04 A
12 V
> 150.000 h
Scope of Delivery
  • Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.)
  • 3:4 Pin Adaptor
  • 30cm Extension Cable
  • 4 Vibration-Compensators
  • 4 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.
14.01.2013 // eTeknix.com

NF-A14 ULN Review

The Noctua NF-A14 ULN is a very nice fan for the “quiet enthusiast”. As we’ve seen it runs at more or less in total silence, whether you pick 800 or 650 RPMs. Personally I think the difference between 650 and 800 ROM was so minor that you might as well opt for 800 RPM speeds to get that extra airflow. There isn’t that much more to say that I haven’t already said about Noctua fans in the past. To be concise, the NF-A14 ULN sticks to all the key Noctua principles of having excellent build quality, ultra-low power consumption that no other fan can even come close to, superb acoustic performance, solid cooling performance and the peace of mind of a huge 6 year manufacturer warranty. This particular model is an excellent choice for a silent 140mm case fan or radiator fan.
Test verdict: "The Noctua NF-A14 ULN fan really stands out as a fantastic buy for anyone who wants absolute silence. It measured in at barely 2 dBA above the ambient noise level, inside a case you wouldn’t even know your computer was on! What a fantastic level of acoustic performance. And as we saw on the previous page, you can still get a good level of performance even at just 800 RPM." (Ryan Martin, eTeknix.com)
09.02.2015 // QWERTYmag.it

NF-A14 ULN Review

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)
02.09.2014 // ActualidadHardware.com

NF-A14 ULN Review

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

NF-A14 ULN Review

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)
29.08.2013 // TecCentral.de

NF-A14 ULN Review

Im Einsatz zeigen die neuen Noctua-Lüfter dann sofort und nahezu uneingeschränkt ihre Stärken. Schon nach wenigen Sekunden ist klar, das sich die Geräuschemissionen des schon vom Werk aus recht leisen Nanoxia Deep Silence 1, noch weiter senken lassen. Als wäre dies nicht genug, lassen sich die beiden NF-S12A, wie auch der NF-A14 in ihrer Arbeitsgeschwindigkeit leicht nach unten korrigieren, ohne dabei an Performance, in diesem Fall Kühlleistung bzw. Luftdurchsatz, zu verlieren. Ein klares Zeichen, das Noctua mit der dritten Generation seiner NF-Lüfter, doch noch einen, wenn auch nur kleinen Schritt nach vorn machen konnte und im Premium-Segment nicht nur bei der Ausstattung, sondern auch der Leistung weiterhin Maßstäbe setzen kann. Ebenfalls lobenswert ist das breite Drehzahlband, welches von den NF-Lüftern abgedeckt wird. Die Spanne reicht hier, fein gestaffelt, von einer Anlaufgeschwindigkeit knapp unterhalb von 600 U/min. (ca. 50 %), bis hin zu leistungsorientierten 1200 U/min. (100 %).
Test verdict: "Noctua beweist mit der aktuellen Generation der NF-Lüfter sein geballtes Know-How im Bereich der Luftkühlung und bietet für nahezu jeden Einsatzzweck das passende Produkt in seinem Sortiment. Ganz klar haben die Österreicher es nicht geschafft, das Rad oder in diesem Fall den Gehäuse-Lüfter komplett neu zu erfinden, können aber mit Stolz behaupten, das mit Abstand Beste Gesamt-Konzept für performanceorientierte Silent-Systeme zu bieten. Die Fülle an wohl durchdachten Detaillösungen machen die Noctua NF-Lüfter zu einem ganz besonderen Gut und verhelfen diesen zu einer Art Ausnahmestatus. Materialwahl, Verarbeitung und alles in Summe, die Gesamtqualität, sind überragend und garantieren somit in ihrer Gesamtheit eine besonders lange Lebensdauer, was Noctua mit einer gewährten Garantiezeit von 6 Jahren unterstreicht." (Frank Meyer, TecCentral.de)
29.06.2013 // Vortez.net

NF-A14 ULN Review

Noctua has devoted itself to quiet cooling. In that they have succeeded well. One measure of their insistence on quietness was their not bringing PWM products to market until they were ready to do it the Noctua way. “Fans” of Noctua’s fans long wrote about how they wanted PWM versions, yet there were no PWM fans from Noctua. But it turned out that Noctua was not ignoring PWM; their engineers were working on developing a silent PWM control. The clicking seen in other PWM fans – even quiet clicking – is completely absent in Noctua PWM fans. This started with their NF-F12’s, and has now extended to their A series. All are clickless. As well as can be measured in a non-professional setup, Noctua’s airflow specifications are accurate. You can listen to a fan and hear if it is quiet or not, and whether it makes unpleasant noises (Noctua fans are free of unpleasant noises). But airflow is another matter. Airflow takes special instruments to measure. It is comforting to know Noctua’s specifications on this are accurate; so you can use those specifications in your buying decisions. The various Low Noise Adapters and Ultra Low Noise Adapters are different for each of the fans. Clearly, they are tailored to achieve particular results. This may or may not be unique to Noctua fans. Interestingly, Noctua says nothing about it. The Noctua accessories are of good quality, and appear likely to last in extended usage. They are all handsomely sleeved as well. The fan frames are sturdy, and the corner cushions do not extend into the screw holes. That means the fans can be securely fastened with or without the cushions.
Test verdict: "Overall, the Noctua A series is a fine set of fans. Careful attention to airflow and acoustics, along with the best PWM circuits in existence, make these superb fans." (Ed Hume, Vortez.net)
04.03.2013 // Overclockers Club

NF-A14 ULN Review

Keep in mind that while the test results aren't overwhelmingly spectacular, consumers are offered more options depending on what they're looking for. The Noctua NF-P14 was a "convertible" fan. It had 120mm hole spacings with 140mm extensions with a round frame, so it could fit 120mm or 140mm mounts However, like a real convertible with the top down, it's a bit louder. Round framed fans in general perform much better on air cooling radiators, but square framed fans in general perform better on watercooling radiators. Thus, you now have the option to choose between a variety of 140mm (and 150mm) fans from Noctua. Whether you're looking for the most optimal silent solution with the NF-A14 ULN, or a quieter replacement to the NF-P14 with the NF-A14 FLX that still does a great job with the U.L.N.A. adapter. The NF-P14 is still a solid performer and the NF-A15 PWM is a great replacement for 120mm fans where size isn't a factor. Decisions, decisions!
Test verdict: "One of my favorite things about Noctua is how quiet its fans are without sacrificing thermal performance. Noctua pushes the boundaries of continually making improvements in all aspects of its products, and the latest from Noctua doesn't disappoint. Comparing these fans to their predecessor, the Noctua NF-P14, it's easy to notice the differences in design, and I could definitely hear less vortex noise!" (Ebon Kim, Overclockers Club)
23.02.2013 // Neoseeker.com

NF-A14 ULN Review

Noctua's NF A-15 PWW, A-14 FLX, and the A14 ULN are a welcome addition to their lineup of cooling products. The NF-A15 PWM and the NF-A14 FLX run at 1200rpm when not equipped with the low noise adapters. This of course improves their overall performance at the cost of increased noise output from the fans. I am not saying they generate a lot of noise - as a matter of fact even at their maximum rotational speeds the fans are are extremely quiet, almost to the point that I continued to check just to make sure they actually were in operation. The NF-A14 ULN without a doubt generates the least amount of noise with or without the low noise adapter. [...] Noctua's NF-A15 PWM, NF-A14 FLX, and the NF-A14 ULN are priced around $24.00 each; a reasonable price considering the quality and performance of the fans (not to mention a 6 year warranty). In my book, that's a lot of bang for the buck.
Test verdict: "Noctua's NF A15 PWM, A-14 FLX, and the A-14 ULN did an excellent job of keeping our testbed cool given the fact they are not high RPM fans. [...] [T]hese fans would make a great addition to either an HTPC or gaming PC for those who like quiet." (Roger Cantwell, Neoseeker.com)
13.02.2013 // HiTechLegion.com

NF-A14 ULN Review

The NF-A14 ULN is obviously a niche piece, and it fills that niche perfectly. Added on as an intake directly in front of the HDD cage, temperatures dropped nicely, while the increase in noise was absolutely imperceptible. Aside from cooling the HDD, the NF-A14 ULN was getting enough air through them to make a measurable drop in the interior temps, as well with MB and GPU temps dropping. As far as low noise fans go, the NF-A14 ULN is the epitome of what they should be. [...] Noctua has again put out a series of absolutely top notch fans with the NF-A 140mm varieties. The versatility of the offerings should offer up something for the needs of just about any situation, ranging from extreme cooling to extreme silence. As always, Noctua’s build quality is second to none with performance to match.
Test verdict: "The Noctua name has become synonymous with quiet cooling and extreme performance. Many of their products are rightfully legendary in enthusiast circles, and deservedly so. Over the years, Noctua has set a very high standard for themselves to live up to, and the NF-A Series fans do not disappoint in any way. The three configurations are very well thought out, and add a great deal of versatility to the line." (George Cella, HiTechLegion.com)
24.01.2013 // XtremeHardware.it

NF-A14 ULN Review

Questa nuova serie, che verrà analizzata in modo superficiale in questo capitolo, rappresenta la volontà di Noctua di potenziare e consolidare la propria situazione nel panorama delle ventole aventi un diametro molto elevato, infatti a seguito dell’immissione in commercio di questi modelli si è raggiunto il completamento dell’offerta per ogni settore. La serie ULN e FLX da 140mm si caratterizza per il nuovo telaio AAO introdotto con l’eccellente ventola da 120mm NF-F12 Focused Flow, recensita da noi tempo fa (Qui), e per il cambiamento del formato da circolare a quadrato, oltre a tutta la nuova serie di migliorie tecniche e strutturali che sono già state menzionate nel capitolo precedente. L’intera serie “A” infatti presenta quasi sempre le medesime caratteristiche tecniche, indipendentemente da modello e dal diametro, per cui la qualità complessiva è sempre molto elevata.
Test verdict: "Oltre a questo troviamo le Noctua A15 e A14, che occupano posizioni basse, ma che però presentano una rumorosità davvero irrisoria se rapportata alle altre, e quindi un comfort acustico invidiabile. Il modello A14 FLX, sebbene occupi l’ultima posizione, troviamo che sia il migliore di tutti per quanto riguarda il rapporto Temperature / dBA" (Matteo Trinca, XtremeHardware.it)

Installation Manual (PDF)

Information Sheet (PDF)

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.


I get a CPU fan error despite the fan is running!

Some mainboards display a CPU fan error when the fan speed falls below a certain threshold, e.g. 900rpm. If you want to run the fan below this speed (e.g. using the supplied U.L.N.A.), please adjust the threshold in the BIOS or disable CPU fan error warning.

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 paint my Noctua fan in order to change its color?

Since even small variations in the layer of paint can lead to an imbalance of the impeller, resulting in vibrations, higher noise levels, increased stress on the bearing and thus reduced lifespan, we do not recommend painting the fan. Please note that for the reasons stated above, painting the fan will void your warranty.

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 can I find out the direction of airflow and sense of rotation?

When looking at the fan so that the circular sticker with the Noctua logo is facing you, the direction of airflow is towards you and the sense of rotation is clockwise:


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.

My Noctua 3-pin fan starts to spin when the PC boots but then stops, what is wrong?

Many mainboards are able to automatically regulate the fan speed of 3-pin fan via voltage based measures. However, due to limitations of this method it may occur that the mainboard reduces the voltage so much that the fan stops. To resolve the issue, you can:

  1. Choose a higher fan speed profile in the BIOS (e.g. „normal“ instead of „silent“, etc.) or deactivate automatic fan speed control and use a Low-Noise Adaptor instead.
  2. Use the mainboard‘s fan speed control software or 3rd party tools like Speedfan to regulate the fan speed. Unlike BIOS based fan speed control, the supplied software usually checks whether the fan has stopped and increases voltage accordingly or at least offer more options to set up the fan properly.

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 140mm fans are optimised for airflow, which are optimised for static pressure?

Noctua only distinguishes between airflow optimised and pressure optimised fans in its 120mm range (see this page for details). For 140mm fans, there is no such distinction: Both the NF-A14 and the NF-P14 redux models are true all-rounders that provide outstanding levels of airflow and static pressure. Either of them works excellent both for case cooling and for use on radiators and heatsinks.

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?

Not sure which Noctua product to buy? Our detailed buying guides for fans and CPU coolers help you to choose the model that works best for you.

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