Can industrialPPC fans be used with fan controllers and resistor cables (Low-Noise Adaptors)?

Noctua recommends not to use industrialPPC fans with common PC fan controllers, resistor cables (Low-Noise Adaptors) or other devices such as potentiometers that work by applying (variable) resistance rather than actually generating different voltages such as a laboratory power supply does. Due to the higher internal resistance of the industrialPPC fans’ three phase motor, applying additional resistance will cause the fans not to start (e.g. with Low-Noise Adaptors) or to have high starting speeds (e.g. with most common PC fan controllers). Please note that the industrialPPC fans feature starting voltages between 5.5V and 6V and can be run at these voltages on devices such as laboratory power supplies or mainboard fan controllers which actually generate lower voltages rather than applying resistance. Noctua thus recommends to use either PWM or voltage based mainboard fan control or laboratory/industrial power supplies for controlling the speed of industrialPPC fans.

4-pin PWM 3-pin
Mainboard fan control PWM based yes no
Mainboard fan control voltage based yes yes
Resistor cables (Low-Noise Adaptors) no no
Common PC fan controllers no
(high starting speed)
(high starting speed)
Laboratory/industrial power supplies yes yes

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 fans are compatible with the NA-AVP1 anti-vibration pads?

The NA-AVP1 anti-vibration pads are compatible with the following Noctua fans here:

NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000
NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 IP67 PWM
NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM
NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM
NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM
NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000
NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 IP67 PWM
NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM
NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM
NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM

Please note that the NA-AVP1 pads cannot be used with other fans and are not compatible with third-party fans.

Can I use Low-Noise Adaptors for industrialPPC fans?

No, Low-Noise Adaptors are not compatible with Noctua’s industrialPPC series.

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