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Product discontinued. Successor model: NF-A15 PWM

Following in the footsteps of the successful NF-P12, the NF-P14 is a highly optimised, premium quality 140mm fan with Vortex-Control Notches for superb quietness and outstanding aerodynamic efficiency. Metal reinforcements, SCD2 technology and Noctua’s premium grade SSO-Bearing guarantee exceptional running smoothness and excellent long-term stability. Using the same hole-spacing as common 120mm fans and achieving a superior airflow/noise ratio, the NF-P14 is ideal for upgrading 120mm CPU or case fans.


More information:
NF-P14 Blade Design

120mm & 140mm Mounting

NF-P14 Metal Reinforcements

Details
140mm Impeller with Vortex Control Notches

140mm Impeller with Vortex Control Notches

Thanks to its psycho-acoustically optimised nine blade impeller with staggered Vortex-Control Notches, the NF-P14 combines superb quietness with exceptional airflow and static pressure.
Metal Reinforcements

Metal Reinforcements

Both the impeller hub and the bearing shell of the NF-P14 are metal reinforced in order to achieve ultimate manufacturing precision, high durability and vibration-free running.
Round frame with 120mm mounting holes

Round frame with 120mm mounting holes

Using a round frame with the same hole-spacing as common 120mm fans and producing more airflow due to its larger diameter, the NF-P14 is a perfect upgrade for 120mm CPU or case fans. Thanks to the supplied adaptors, the NF-P14 also fits common 140mm mounting holes.
3 speed settings for full flexibility

3 speed settings for full flexibility

Providing 1200, 900 and 750 rpm speed settings via the supplied Low-Noise and Ultra-Low-Noise Adapters, the NF-P14 FLX (Flexibility) can be fine-tuned for superior airflow or maximum quietness.
Smooth Commutation Drive 2

Smooth Commutation Drive 2

The latest version of Noctua's advanced SCD drive system ensures superb running smoothness by eliminating torque variations and switching noises.
SSO-Bearing

SSO-Bearing

Noctua's time-tested SSO-Bearing technology has become synonymous with supremely quiet operation and exceptional long-term stability.
NF-P14 FLX
FAN Specification
Size
140x140x25 mm
Bearing
Rotational Speed (+/- 10%)
1200 RPM
Rotational Speed with L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
900 RPM
Rotational Speed with U.L.N.A. (+/- 10%)
750 RPM
Acoustical Noise
19,6 dB(A)
Static Pressure
1,29 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with L.N.A.
0,77 mm H₂O
Static Pressure with U.L.N.A.
0,53 mm H₂O
MTTF
> 150.000 h
Scope of delivery
  • Adaptors for 140mm mounting
Warranty
6 years
NF-P14 FLX
05.12.2012 // HWMaster.com
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NF-P14 FLX Review

La ventola, come tutti i prodotti Noctua, è progettata e costruita con materiali di prim’ordine, la fattura è di alto livello così come il bundle che è completo e comprende tutto ciò che può essere necessario durante l’installazione. La flessibilità d’utilizzo è garantita dai due adattatori che sopperiscono alla mancancza del controller PWM, consentendo tre differenti velocità di rotazione e livelli di performance; inoltre grazie agli adattatori sarà possibile installare la ventola sia in fori da 120mm che da 140mm. Le emissioni acustiche, anche a velocità massima sono contenute ed il flusso d’aria generato è piuttosto elevato.
Test verdict: "La Noctua NF-P14 FLX rappresenta un’ottima scelta per coloro che vogliono dare una marcia in più al proprio dissipatore ad aria, o migliorare la ventilazione all’interno del case." (Rocco Eduardo Battista, HWMaster.com)
10.10.2012 // Go!GamingGiant
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Coming in, I expected a certain level of quality and performance from these fans. I mean after all, they ARE Noctua fans. What I got in return is exactly what I wanted — fans that keep everything in my PC extremely cool without making a bunch of noise. In fact, I use all four fans without any of the Low Noise Adapters, and I can’t even hear them. All you can hear is the air rushing through the side panel, which happens to be a foot away from me, on my desk.
Test verdict: "These are not cheap fans, but you get what you pay for. Noctua fans only cool slightly better than any other cheap $10-15 fan, they just happen to give you that small increase in cooling, while dropping the dB level dramatically." (DJ Dixon, Go!GamingGiant)
06.06.2012 // Whitex-Modd.de
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Nun haben wir den Lüfter in einem Video mit einem einfachen Mikrofon auf seine Lautstärke getestet. [...] Andere Lüfter dieser Leistungsklasse schneiden hier schlechter bis deutlich schlechter ab.
Test verdict: "Eines steht fest: Noctua ist an dieser Stelle wieder ein absoluter Treffer gelungen. Mit den 120mm- Bohrlöchern bei 140mm Rotorblättern eignet sich ein Einsatz auf CPU-Kühlern hervorragend. Der benötigte kräftige Luftzug wird hier ebenfalls gewährleistet." (Tobi Borho, Whitex-Modd.de)
08.05.2012 // Tech-Review.de
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Im Lieferumfang finden sich allerdings auch Adapter, um den Lochabstand auf das für die Lüfterbreite übliche Maß zu erhöhen, natürlich direkt per Gummi-Inlay entkoppelt. Echte Entkoppler finden sich ebenso wie Lüfterschrauben, ein Low-Noise und Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter für die Drehzahlreduzierung auf 900 bzw. 750 U/Min in der Verpackung. Der übliche Adapter auf 4-Pin Molex liegt ebenfalls bei, was für kaum einen Anwendungszweck Wünsche offen lässt.
Test verdict: "Dezente Laufcharakteristik trifft gute Leistung sowie Spitzenwerte bei sehr niedrigen Drehzahlen. Die Ausstattung ist Noctua-typisch üppig - Entkoppler, Spannungsadapter -, der schmale Rahmen mit variablen Lochabständen macht den Lüfter flexibel. In der oberen Preisklasse trotz der recht hohen Anlaufspannung ein guter Kauf!" (Max Doll, Tech-Review.de)
12.04.2012 // Dawfreak.se
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Noctua has a true game winner in the NF-P14 FLX, the fan fits most cases on the market with its flexible 120mm / 140mm mounting system. It is a Fan worth the price of around 21.9 euros, as you get a quality fan that works great. As an intake fan the NF-P14 FLX rely shines, it is near silent up to about 1000 rpm when used as an intake fan, allowing allot of air to be bushed into the case.
Test verdict: "No matter if you are a gamer or studio musician in need of a bit more airflow in your PC case the NF-P14 FLX is a Great buy!!" (Jesper Bosch, Dawfreak.se)
23.09.2011 // ByTheWay.gr
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Χαίρομαι που είχα την ευκαιρία να δοκιμάσω τον Noctua NF-P14 FLX. Είχα διαβάσει ότι ήταν ένας από τους αθόρυβους ανεμιστήρες και τώρα πραγματικά το πιστεύω. Αυτή είναι μια εξαιρετική επιλογή αν χρειάζεστε κάποια πρόσθετη ψύξη στο σύστημά σας χωρίς να αυξάνεται ο θόρυβος που δημιουργείται.
Test verdict: "Για μια ακόμη φορά η Noctua δείχνει τα δόντια της απέναντι στον ανταγωνισμό. Αν και στα χαρτιά οι αντίπαλοί του είχαν πάνω-κάτω το ίδιο Airflow στην πράξη έφαγαν την ήττα." (Kourkoutakis Georgios, ByTheWay.gr)
17.08.2011 // Shay-Tech.co.uk
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NF-P14 FLX Review

With both the Noctua NF-P14 FLX installed using Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptor 750 RPM (U.L.N.A) and Low-Noise-Adaptor 900 RPM (L.N.A), the noise level is very silent and the only noise I can hear is coming from the hard drive. When using both the Noctua NF-P14 FLX without any low noise adaptors the noise level rises but not loud as other fans that I have used in the past.
Test verdict: "the Noctua NF-P14 FLX is worth every penny as you get a premium quality fan which performs fantastic without a doubt. If your in the market for a 140mm fan then I would highly recommend the Noctua NF-P14 FLX!" (Shay Miah, Shay-Tech.co.uk)
02.07.2011 // Hardbloxx.de
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Der NF-P14 FLX ist der stärkste Kandidat in unserem Testparcour.
Test verdict: "Der Noctua NF-P14 FLX bildet nicht nur preislich die Speerspitze in unserem Test. Er ist DER Gehäuselüfter überhaupt." (Stephan Schünke, Hardbloxx.de)
29.06.2011 // ReviewStash.com
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NF-P14 FLX Review

To test the unit, I mounted it to my i7 920's H50 radiator and used OCCT to determine the performance difference. The recorded ambient temperature during testing was roughly 27 degrees Celsius. What you are seeing in the charts is the raw, unfiltered data regarding performance. I ensured that testing conditions were exactly the same (all testing was done outside of a computer case). The data shows that, while the Noctua is 35% quieter than the stock, Corsair fan, it is also two degrees Celsius cooler in almost every situation - this makes the Noctua an absolutely winner.
Test verdict: "If you're willing to shell out the money for the NF-P14 FLX, you definitely will not be disappointed by the performance it offers. It is absolutely ideal for a large case that needs to be kept both cool and quiet. Considering you get an extra two or so degrees Celsius of headroom out of your cooling system and a respectable drop in decibel rating, it's incredibly difficult to underestimate the usefulness of this fan. While similar products exist, none match the specifications that Noctua has delivered." (Daniel R. Levy, ReviewStash.com)
06.05.2011 // PCoverlook.com
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NF-P14 FLX Review

Добрый день дорогие посетители, сегодня я познакомлю вас с 144мм-овым кулером от компании Noctua NF-P14 FLX. Кроме того, что данный кулер можно установить на радиатор центрального процессора, его так же можно установить на переднюю и заднюю панель корпуса. Вместе с кулером в комплекте есть 2 переходника, из которых первый вращает кулер со скоростью 750 RPM, второй - 900 RPM, а при подключении без переходника кулер работает со скоростью 1200 RPM, а так же скоростью вращения можно управлять через BIOS. При тестировании кулер был установлен на передней панели корпуса. Благодаря рубцом на лопастях воздушный поток увеличивается и тем самым увеличивается эффективность вентиляции корпуса, а эксклюзивный подшипник кулера не допускает повышения уровня шума даже при максимальных оборотах лопастей кулера
Test verdict: "Преимущества кулера, которые выявились во время тестирования - это поддержка низкой температуре жёсткого диска и чипсета во время бездействия и нагрузки, и снижение температуры видеокарты во время бездействию и нагрузки центрального процессора, а так же снижение ЦП во время нагрузки и бездействия." (Gor Martirosyan, PCoverlook.com)

Information Sheet (PDF)

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

The Low-Noise-Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter (U.L.N.A.) reduce the speed of the fan to 900 / 750 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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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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.

My fan doesn’t spin when I start up the PC - is it faulty?

If you've connected the fan directly (or using the supplied Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise-Adaptors) to your mainboard, it's possible that the mainboard's automatic fan controller doesn't provide the required starting voltage due to the low CPU temperature. Please verify whether the fan starts spinning at higher CPU temperatures, remove any Low-Noise or Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptors, deactivate your mainboard's automatic fan controller in the BIOS or connect the fan directly to the power supply using the supplied 3:4-pin adaptor.

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.

PWM PWM

The fan doesn’t start with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA)!

Unfortunately, many Gigabyte mainboards use a special control circuit that can lead to start-up problems in conjunction with the Ultra-Low-Noise Adaptor (ULNA). This control circuit remains active even when automatic fan control is disabled in the BIOS. In these cases, please use the fan without the ULNA or connect it directly to the power supply (or an external fan controller) in order to ensure reliable operation with the ULNA.

Can I use the NF-P14 on my NH-C12P cooler?

Yes, the NF-P14 can be used to further enhance the cooling performance of Noctua NH-C12P heatsinks. Please consider the following points when using the NF-P14 on your NH-C12P though:

  1. Please note that the NF-P14 will sit on the small projections on the sides of the fins. You can prevent this by using spacers (e.g. rubber, silicone or felt pads).

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  2. Due to the fan sitting on the projections or spacers, the fan clips will be very tight to put on. You can bend the clips in advance in order to make it easier to install them.

Can I use the NF-P14 on my NH-U12 series cooler?

Yes, the NF-P14 can be used to further enhance the cooling performance of Noctua NH-U12 series heatsinks. Please consider the following points when using the NF-P14 on your Noctua heatsink though:

  1. The NF-P14 will sit on the spring-loaded mounting screw and thereby increase the overall height of the cooler (measured from the base) to 168mm (NH-U12, NH-U12F, NH-U12P, NH-U12P SE1366) or 163mm (NH-U12P SE2 or other models with NM-I3 kit). Please make sure that your case offers sufficient space!

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  2. Please also note that the NF-P14 will sit on the small projections on the sides of the fins. You can prevent this by using spacers (e.g. rubber, silicone or felt pads).

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  3. Due to the fan sitting on the projections or spacers, the fan clips will be very tight to put on. You can bend the clips in advance in order to make it easier to install them.

I've got 2 adapter cables with the cooler. What's the difference between these cables?

The Low-Noise-Adapter (L.N.A.) and Ultra-Low-Noise-Adapter (U.L.N.A.) reduce the speed of the fan to 1300 / 1000 rpm:

Vibration Compensators Installation

How to install the fan using the Vibration-Compensators?

First, pull the Vibration-Compensators through the mounting holes of the case. Then put the fan onto the Vibration-Compensators and pull them through the mounting holes of the fan.

Vibration Compensators Installation

How to install the fan using the Vibration-Compensators?

First, pull the Vibration-Compensators through the mounting holes of the case. Then put the fan onto the Vibration-Compensators and pull them through the mounting holes of the fan.

Vibration Compensators Installation

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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