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Noctua NE-FD1 PWM IC

Noctua’s custom-designed NE-FD1 is a next-generation PWM fan driver IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology for quieter operation and allows for ultra-low power consumption. Its superb linearity and security features such as locked rotor or reverse voltage protection make it an ideal driver IC for premium-class PWM fans.

PWM Output Signals Compared


Most conventional PWM fan driver ICs put out square signals that cause sudden torque impulses. These impulses can cause minute deformations of the entire fan structure which lead to audible “clicking” noises that are especially noticeable with many common PWM fans running at slower speeds. Adopting Noctua’s Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology, the custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC slows down the slew rate of the output signal in order to give a smoother, less sudden torque impulse. This way, PWM switching noises can be effectively suppressed and the fan runs even quieter, especially at low speeds.

Noctua’s NE-FD1 IC was not only fine-tuned for superior quietness, it has also been carefully optimised to allow for ultra-low power consumption. For example, the NE-FD1 based PWM version of the award-winning NF-R8, NF-B9 and NF-P12 fans consume 25-40% less power than their non-PWM counterparts. The NF-F12 120mm fan featuring the NE-FD1 IC draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.


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25.04.2015 - BestPCInfo.pl NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Noctua NH-L9x65 to wprawdzie bardzo kompaktowy cooler CPU ale mimo to jest on godnym następcą modelu NH-L9. Po pierwsze oferowana przez niego wydajność już bez problemu wystarczy do zastosowań przy chłodzeniu nawet wydajniejszych procesorów (a przynajmniej jeśli chodzi o jednostki 4-rdzeniowe). Po drugie producent nie rozdziela już tego modelu coolera na wersję dla AMD i wersję dla Intel a zatem jest to rozwiązanie zdecydowanie bardziej uniwersalne." (Łukasz Talkowski, BestPCInfo.pl)
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24.04.2015 - hwresources.org NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "Ci sentiamo di consigliare caldamente il nuovo Noctua per tutti gli usi, non solo per HTPC, tenere testa e battere soluzioni più grosse dimostra la cura in cui Noctua ripone nei suoi prodotti." (Michele Mura, hwresources.org)
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22.04.2015 - OCDrift.com NH-U9S
Test verdict: "In the end, the Noctua NH-D9L, U9S and L9x65 are certainly among the best 92 mm low-profile coolers in the market that money can buy. For rig builders who are planning to set up a small HTPC and small form factor system, these coolers could be the perfect choice for you!" (Kevin Owi Kheng Him, OCDrift.com)
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22.04.2015 - The Tech Buyer's Guru NH-L9x65
Test verdict: "All in all, then, the Noctua NH-L9x65 offers a winning combination of build quality, features, and performance for a niche, informed audience, willing to work within its limits to achieve truly stellar performance in an ultra-compact form factor." (Ari Altmann, The Tech Buyer's Guru)
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