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Spécialement conçu pour les environnements industriels exigeants imposant un haut niveau de performance de refroidissement et de sécurité et devant répondre à des contraintes de protection spécifiques, le NF-A14 industrialPPC (Protected Performance Cooling) offre plus de puissance et de robustesse que le modèle Retail original qui a participé à la renommée de la marque. Grâce aux performances aérodynamiques exceptionnelles de son design et à l’utilisation d’un tout nouveau moteur avec alimentation triphasée, le NF-A14 industrialPPC délivre un flux d’air ainsi qu’un niveau de pression supérieurs tout en maintenant un niveau sonore ainsi qu’une consommation modérés comparés aux modèles haut rendement équivalents du marché. Son châssis en polyamide renforcé fibre de verre ainsi que le niveau certifié de protection contre l’eau et la poussière dont il bénéficie, permettent au NF-A14 industrialPPC de s’intégrer parfaitement aux environnements exigeants. Le roulement bénéficiant de la technologie SSO2 Bearing bénéficie d’un MTBF de plus de 150.000 heures. Fort d’une fiabilité reconnue et assorti d’une garantie constructeur de 6 ans, le NF-A14 industrialPPC constitue le choix idéal pour les applications les plus extrêmes imposant un flux d’air accru ainsi qu’une fiabilité sans concession.
Détails
NF-A14 : un design éprouvé et plébiscité

NF-A14 : un design éprouvé et plébiscité

Bénéficiant de plus de 100 récompenses et recommandations de la part de la Presse internationale, le NF-A14 s'est imposé comme LA solution haut de gamme pour les besoins en ventilation 140mm. Son efficacité reconnue a su convaincre des dizaines de milliers de clients du monde entier.
Version industrialPPC - 2000 tr./min.

Version industrialPPC - 2000 tr./min.

Grâce à une vitesse de rotation élevée (2000 tr./min.), le NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 apporte un gain significatif de performance par rapport aux 1500 tr./min. du modèle retail. Bénéficiant des optimisations de la gamme industrialPPC (châssis en polyamide renforcée, système avancée de protection), ce modèle est le choix idéal pour les environnements industriels exigeants.
Moteur tri-phasé

Moteur tri-phasé

Alors que la plupart des ventilateurs axiaux utilisent des moteurs mono-phasés avec 4 bornes, les ventilateurs industrialPPC de Noctua sont équipés d'un moteur tri-phasé avec 6 bornes ce qui assure une transition plus souple entre les bornes et garantit donc un fonctionnement global plus en douceur, une réduction significative des vibrations et ainsi qu'un rendement énergétique sans précédent.
Un rendement énergétique de haut vol

Un rendement énergétique de haut vol

Alors que le traditionnel NF-A14, avec ses 1500 tr./min., est le ventilateur 140mm offrant un des meilleurs rendements énergétiques du marché sur sa catégorie, le moteur tri-phasé qui équipe la version industrialPPC apporte un réduction de consommation de 10% à vitesse comparée (2000 tr./min.).
Construction en polyamide renforcée fibre de verre

Construction en polyamide renforcée fibre de verre

La turbine ainsi que le cadre des ventilateurs industrialPPC Noctua sont entièrement composés de polyamide renforcée fibre de verre. Ce procédé procure une robustesse et une résistance encore meilleures comparées aux ventilateurs Noctua standards en PBT renforcé fibre de verre.
Conforme à la norme IP52 (protection contre l'eau et la poussière)

Conforme à la norme IP52 (protection contre l'eau et la poussière)

Grâce au revêtement spécial recouvrant le moteur et le circuit imprimé, le NF-A14 industrialPPC répond aux exigences de la norme de protection IP52. Ce niveau de protection garantit non seulement que ce modèle possède une excellente résistance aux dépôts de poussière mais résiste aussi aux gouttes d'eau éventuelles (l'équivalent de 3mm de pluie par minutes).
Canalisateurs de flux (Flow Acceleration Channels)

Canalisateurs de flux (Flow Acceleration Channels)

La turbine des NF-A14 est munie de canalisateurs de flux sur la face succion du ventilateur. L'accélération du flux générée aux extrémités des pales permet de créer une succion plus massive, moins dispersée, et accroit ainsi l'efficacité tout en réduisant les perturbations sonores liées aux vortex.
Cadre AAO

Cadre AAO

Les cadres AAO (Advanced Acoustic Optimisation) de Noctua sont équipés de silentblocs anti-vibrations et bénéficie d'optimisations exclusives permettant de repousser encore plus loin les limites de la performance et du silence : Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures.
Conception en escalier de l'admission

Conception en escalier de l'admission

La conception en escalier de l'admission de Noctua ajoute une turbulence au flux entrant permettant ainsi un passage progressif d'un flux laminaire à un flux turbulent. Ce phénomène réduit les émissions sonores initiales, améliore la cohésion du flux et augmente la capacité de succion en particulier dans les environnements où l'espace fait défaut.
Conduit de contournement à microstructures

Conduit de contournement à microstructures

Les extrémités des pales évoluant à proximité de la surface intérieure du conduit (caractérisée par la présence d'une microstructure), la séparation des flux qui s'opère au niveau de la succion est quasi inexistante. Cette optimisation permet de réduire les émissions sonores liées au mouvement des pales, améliore le flux d'air ainsi que le niveau de pression.
Silentblocs anti-vibration intégrés

Silentblocs anti-vibration intégrés

Les silentblocs anti-vibration intégrés, fabriqués à base de silicone extra souple, amoindrissent la transmission des micro-vibrations tout en assurant une parfaite compatibilité avec les systèmes de fixation et les agrafes pour ventilateurs de ventirads.
Roulement SSO2 Bearing

Roulement SSO2 Bearing

Le NF-A14 industrialPPC est équipé de la seconde génération des célèbres roulements Noctua SSO Bearing, qui bénéficie des dernières avancées technologiques. Au cœur du SSO2, l'aimant est encore plus proche de l'axe, offrant ainsi une meilleure stabilité, précision et longévité.
Coussinets en métal

Coussinets en métal

En vue d'assurer une qualité optimale de fabrication, une bonne longévité et stabilité, le NF-A14 industrialPPC est doté d'un roulement CNC usiné en cuivre massif.
Garantie constructeur de 6 ans

Garantie constructeur de 6 ans

La réputation des ventilateurs Noctua n'est plus à faire tant pour leur qualité que pour leur étonnante longévité. Comme pour tous les modèles Noctua, le NF-A14 industrialPPC bénéficie d'un MTTF de plus de 150 000 heures et jouit d'une garantie fabricant totale de 6 ans.
Modifications optionnelles pour les clients industriels

Modifications optionnelles pour les clients industriels

Afin de répondre aux attentes des clients industriels, divers accessoires, options, packagings sur-mesure et certifications sont disponibles sur demande. Voici quelques exemples : versions 24v, connecteurs et vitesses spécifiques, longueurs de câbles différentes, certifications UL ou TÜV. Nous restons à votre écoute pour toutes vos demandes spécifiques sur-mesure !
NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000
Spécifications ventilateur
Dimensions
140x140x25 mm
Espacement des orifices de fixation
124,5x124,5 mm
Branchement
3 broches
Type roulements
Géométrie des pales
Technologie du cadre
AAO
Matériau
Polyamide renforcée fibre de verre
Ingress Protection
IP52
Type de moteur
Vitesse de rotation (+/-10%)
2000 RPM
Niveau sonore
31,5 dB(A)
Pression statique
4,18 mm H₂O
Puissance consommée max.
2,16 W
Ampérage max.
0,18 A
Tension
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
Volume de livraison
  • Ventilateur
  • 4 vis de fixation
Garantie
6 ans
NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000
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.
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28.12.2016 // OCClub.ru
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

«Примочки», под которыми конечно подразумеваются цветные силиконовые гвозди и угловые подкладки, - они мне понравились. Называются, напомню, Anti-Vibration Pads (NA-SAVP1) и Anti-Vibration Mounts (NA-SAVP2). Недорогие, в упаковке их много, и реально снижают шум. Поменять всю систему охлаждения в корпусе – это влетит в «копеечку», а силиконовые гвозди могут немного все сделать тише, да и на будущее останутся. Гарантия 6 лет=) Серия IndustrialPPC – решения скорее специализированные, но 12 В модели к покупке можно смело рекомендовать. И я не знаю насколько на заводе будет полезна защита по стандарту IP67, но за возможность помыть вентилятор под краном просто спасибо Noctua. Redux – универсальность и доступность. Noctua, как известно, делать хорошие вещи, но дорогие. Благодаря изменению комплекта, а как следствие и конечной цены, но сохранению подхода к самому изделию, вентиляторы серии Redux в некоторой степени стали «ближе к народу».
Verdict du test: "В этот раз не будет привычных плюсы/минусы. И силиконовые крепления Chromax, и вентиляторы серий IndustrialPPC и Redux – все это к покупке можно рекомендовать. К тому-же, на абсолютно всю продукцию компании 6 лет гарантии, что как-бы намекает на качество." (Oleg Ubeiko, OCClub.ru)
29.10.2016 // Top10Games.es
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Noctua ha trabajado muy bien y ha realizado correctamente su trabajo con esta nueva gama, más destinada a equipos tipo servidores que estén encendidos mucho tiempo, dado a que posee un buen caudal de aire y una larga duración. También debido a sus revoluciones, ofrecen más ruido que su anterior gama Redux, un dato quizás importante a la hora de adquirir uno de estos IndustrialPPC. Noctua también ha mejorado en el aspecto de la personalización, pues ha mejorado, permitiendo añadir colores personalizados a nuestros ventiladores IndustrialPPC gracias a la gama de accesorios Chromax, la cual nos ha encantado.
Verdict du test: "Noctua ha lanzado esta gama de ventiladores muy profesionales con un buen caudal de aire y refrigeración. Además gracias al soporte de su nueva gama Chromax, podemos personalizarlo para que se adapte como nos gusta a nuestro equipo." (Adrián José Pérez Toré, Top10Games.es)
26.09.2016 // JotaReviews.pt
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Como já foi dito as Noctua IndustrialPPC são ventoinhas para quem pretende o maior desempenho possível e que aguentem qualquer tipo de ambiente, são ventoinhas com uma construção fabulosa e com um alto desempenho. Nos nossos testes no Noctua NH-D15S as ventoinhas apresentaram bons resultados, sendo que quem pretender silencio estas ventoinha são imediatamente excluídas e com isto quero dizer que o nível de ruído pode-se tornar bastante incomodativo. A nível de acessórios poderiam incluir um adaptador para reduzir a voltagem e até mesmo acessórios para fixar as mesmas.
Verdict du test: "No geral é um produto que recomendamos a quem pretende ter o maior desempenho possível e que não se importe com o nível de ruído. A qualidade de construção é o factor chave na escolha destes modelos." (João Teixeira, JotaReviews.pt)
12.05.2016 // Hardware.Info
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

The efficiency test, in which we test what the airflow is at a set noise level of 30 dB(A), is in our opinion the most important, because we prefer to see coolers that are silent and cool well. The best ones are the Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 140mm IP67 PWM and the Noiseblocker NB eLoop 140mm 1200 rpm PWM, which produce 32.7 cfm at 30 dB(A). The first one is relatively expensive, but aimed at industrial application and moreover waterproof.
Verdict du test: "The most efficient and thus "best" 140mm fans are the Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 140mm IP67 PWM and the Noiseblocker NB-eLoop 140mm 1200rpm PWM. Both deserve an Ultimate award." (Farzin Parham, Hardware.Info)
21.03.2016 // Turkchip.com
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Noctua'nın detaylara verdikleri önem sayesinde Industrial fanlar ile soğutma teknolojisini bir adım ileriye taşıırken, hava üfleme basıncı, sessizlik ve kalite konusunda tartışılmaz ürünler üretmişler. Noctua fanları kasamıza montaj ettiğimizde her şey çok değişti. Kasa birden sessizleşti ve ısılarda gözle görülür düşüş oldu.
Verdict du test: "Özetle Noctua Industrial fanlar; kalitesi, yüksek hava üfleme gücü, sessizliği ve kişiselleştirebilir oluşu ile Turkchip Golden Award ödülünü hak eden çok başarılı ürünler." (Murat Yildirim, Turkchip.com)
19.03.2016 // Hardware.Info
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

De efficiëntietest, waarbij we testen wat de airflow is bij een vaste geluidsproductie van 30 dB(A), is wat ons betreft echter het belangrijkst, omdat wij graag koelers zien die stil zijn én goed koelen. De beste zijn de Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 140mm IP67 PWM en Noiseblocker NB-eLoop 120mm 1200rpm PWM, die bij 30 dB(A) nog 32,7 cfm produceren. De eerste is relatief duur, maar gericht op industriële toepassingen en onder meer waterdicht.
Verdict du test: "De meeste efficiënte en daarmee “beste” 140mm ventilators uit de test zijn de Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 140mm IP67 PWM en Noiseblocker NB-eLoop 140mm 1200rpm PWM. Beide verdienen een Ultimate Award." (Koen Crijns, Hardware.Info)
09.03.2016 // SmallFormFactor.net
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

The Noctua Redux and IndustrialPPC ranges add a much needed customisation to their range. Of course, the Redux fans are of an older design, and the performance may suffer as a result. However, the greys of the Redux and the black of the IndustrialPPC range enables system builders to more thoroughly theme their build and thus the sacrifice in performance or price may be considered worth it. The IndustrialPPC range also adds a ruggedness that some systems will require – water and dust resistance will enable significantly longer lifetimes with a higher MTBF.
Verdict du test: "The usual Noctua product quality is still to be found here, and these fans are well worth considering for your system. Though the IndustrialPPC (and, let’s face it, the standard Noctua product line) remain quite expensive for the functionality they provide, the Redux line brings excellent acoustics and performance to more accessible price points. And as for the IndustrialPPC fans, we get the feeling that many enthusiasts will happily look over the price point in the quest for the best." (John Morrison, SmallFormFactor.net)
23.02.2016 // DeathCaverna.it
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Noctua con la serie Industrial propone il frutto di anni di ricerche per proporre sul mercato un prodotto di massima qualità con standard tipici dei prodotti destinati ad usi professionali. Un prodotto con prestazioni di prim’ordine e caratteristiche di rilievo che lasciano esterrefatti dalla mole d’aria che riescono a muovere, il tutto con un rumore che è si elevato, ma che grazie al design unico delle pale, è meno fastidioso di quanto si pensi. Perchè un conto è misurare i dB, un’altro analizzarne il reale fastidio e, come sappiamo, a pari dB possiamo avere diversa percezione del rumore. Noctua anche questa volta ha rasentato la perfezione, dopo averle testate in diverse situazioni possiamo dire di trovarci di fronte ad un prodotto davvero fantastico, che rispetta gli standard qualitativi eccelsi a cui ci ha abituato la casa austriaca, un prodotto che, grazie allo standard “industriale” ed alle protezioni presenti possiamo definire come un punto di riferimento per qualità e durata. Certo queste certificazioni e garanzie hanno un prezzo, ma siamo sicuri che spendendo meno risparmieremmo?
Verdict du test: "Il voto della DeathCaverna è di 5 stelle su 5, Noctua con queste Industrial fornisce un solido compromesso fra eccellenza, qualità dei materiali, sicurezza ed efficienza. Insomma il TOP al giusto prezzo!" (Alessandro Bertoni, DeathCaverna.it)
10.02.2016 // EnosTech.com
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Jumping right into it and there is no denying the performance the industrialPPC range has to offer. Not only did they out-perform the fans I tested them against, they have a lot of other features that will allow them to perform better than your average fans. For one, the IP67 rating not only means they are water and dust proof, this also adds longevity to the fans as nothing will be getting in the motor and essentially slowing it down over time. Not only did they knock a good few degrees of my CPU temps during the test, they were also noticeably quiter than the fans they were tested against. When I say noticeably, I do in fact mean that, I could actually hear that they were a lot quieter than the other fans on test at the time.
Verdict du test: "The industrialPPC fans offer great performance and design in a package designed for some serious cooling power, all in all a very worthy buy if you can make use of things like the IP67 rating." (Ben Enos, EnosTech.com)
16.01.2016 // TecnoUser.net
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NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 test

Le ventole Noctua offrono come sempre un ottimo connubio di potenza e di professionalità. Inserendo queste ventole le temperature all’interno del case sono scese di circa 10 gradi, passando da 55 gradi a 44.
Verdict du test: "Consigliamo di acquistare le ventole industrialPPC per chi vuole assemblare un computer da gaming o per rendering video e vuole mantenere sempre il sistema fresco ed arieggiato." (Marco Rinaldi, TecnoUser.net)

Feuille d'informations (PDF)

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 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)
no
(high starting speed)
Laboratory/industrial power supplies yes yes

Can I use Low-Noise Adaptors for industrialPPC fans?

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

Are industrialPPC fans as quiet as other Noctua fans?

The industrialPPC models are high-speed fans for industrial heavy duty applications that require enhanced cooling performance. While their outstanding aerodynamic efficiency allows keeping noise levels moderate as against comparable high-speed fans, it is inevitable that the faster industrialPPC models are louder than the slower standard models when compared at their respective maximum speeds. For example, the standard NF-F12 PWM emits a noise level of 22.6dB(A) at its maximum speed of 1500rpm whereas the NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM emits a noise level of 29.7dB(A) at its maximum speed of 2000rpm. When both fans are adjusted to the same speed via PWM or voltage control though, the noise level is similar (except for the fact that the industrialPPC fans' high-speed motors can be slightly audible at close range when running at speeds below around 1000rpm). If you want to reduce the noise levels of industrialPPC fans, we therefore recommend reducing the speed via motherboard fan control or our NA-FC1 fan controller. If you don’t need the extended performance headroom of the high-speed industrialPPC fans, we recommend using our standard or redux line models as these provide excellent quietness of operation without speed reduction.

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.

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 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.

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!

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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.

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:

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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.

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.

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.

Can Noctua fans be used to replace noisy stock fans in switches, routers or other network devices?

Noctua fans such as the 40, 60, 80 or 92mm NF-A series models are ideal for replacing noisy stock fans in switches, routers and other network devices in order to make them quieter and thousands of users have managed to significantly reduce the noise levels of their 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 network device before purchasing a Noctua fan for this purpose. Some of the common issues that can occur when replacing pre-installed fans are:

  • Different pin assignment: Whereas Noctua fans use the standardised pin assignment for PC fans (see this FAQ for details), some network devices use different assignments. For example, some devices have the power and GND or rpm and PWM pins swapped. Therefore please carefully verify that your 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 network devices 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 device uses the same pin functions.
  • Firmware speed control: Some network 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 network 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 device to display errors or even shut down because it suspects a fan failure.
  • Different power draw: Some network 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 network device 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. 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 fans 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 pre-installed fans in network devices. Please note that since there are so many different devices 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 pre-installed fans. Please contact your network device manufacturer for any questions regarding aspects such as the device’s pin alignment or fan monitoring and control.

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