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Bénéficiant des dernières avancées en terme d’aérodynamisme, telles que les canalisateurs de flux (Flow Acceleration Channels) et le cadre AAO de Noctua, le NF-A4x10 FLX est un ventilateur silencieux haut de gamme d’une dimension de 40x10mm qui tire partie de nombreuses optimisations. La technologie SCD (Smooth Commutation Drive) et les roulements exclusifs de chez Noctua, les SSO2, assurent un fonctionnement continu et tout en souplesse ainsi qu’une longévité exceptionnelle. Assorti d’un câblage modulaire, d’un adaptateur faible bruit, d’un kit d’adaptation OmniJoin ainsi que d’une garantie constructeur de 6 ans, le NF-A4x10 est le choix par excellence des utilisateurs les plus exigeants.
Détails
Canalisateurs de flux (Flow Acceleration Channels)

Canalisateurs de flux (Flow Acceleration Channels)

La turbine du NF-A4x10 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.
Moyeux de taille réduite

Moyeux de taille réduite

Grâce à une conception plus profilée et compacte du moteur, le moyeu du NF-A4x10 est de taille plus réduite comparée à celle des ventilateurs 4cm traditionnels. En augmentant de fait la surface des pales, le NF-A4x10 améliore significativement le niveau de pression ainsi que le flux.
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-vibrations intégrés

Silentblocs anti-vibrations intégrés

Les silentblocs anti-vibrations intégrés, fabriqués à partir de silicone extra-souple, permettent de limiter la transmission des vibrations minute tout en assurant une parfaite compatibilité avec les vis et systèmes de fixations standards.
Smooth Commutation Drive 2

Smooth Commutation Drive 2

La toute dernière mouture du système SCD de Noctua garantit un fonctionnement tout en douceur grâce à l'élimination des variations de couple et des bruits de commutations. Par conséquent, le NF-A4x10 reste très discret même à proximité.
Roulement SSO2

Roulement SSO2

Le NF-A4x10 se voit doté de la célèbre référence du roulement Noctua : le SSO. Il s'agit ici de la toute nouvelle génération, encore plus optimisée. Le SSO2 est en effet équipé d'un aimant arrière plus proche de l'axe pour une meilleure précision, longévité et stabilité.
Adaptateur faible bruit pour une flexibilité totale

Adaptateur faible bruit pour une flexibilité totale

Le NF-A4x10 FLX (FLX pour Flexibilité) est livré avec un adaptateur L.N.A. (faible bruit) qui fait chuter la vitesse maximale du ventilateur de 4500 à 3700 tr/min ce qui permet d'effectuer un réglage précis afin d'obtenir au choix un flux d'air maximum ou un plus grand silence.
Adaptateur 3 broches / 2 broches et protection de polarité

Adaptateur 3 broches / 2 broches et protection de polarité

Le NF-A4x10 est livré avec un adaptateur permettant de passer d'un MOLEX 3 broches à un connecteur 2 broches généralement disponible sur de nombreuses cartes graphiques, cartes réseaux ou disques durs. Une diode intégrée assure la protection de la polarité sur les connecteurs 2 broches.
Kit d'adaptation OmniJoin

Kit d'adaptation OmniJoin

Compte tenu du fait que de nombreux produits équipés de ventilateurs 40mm sont pourvus de connecteurs spécifiques pour les raccorder, le NF-A4x10 est livré avec un kit d'adaptation OmniJoin. Il vous suffit de couper le câble de votre ventilateur d'origine, de le raccorder à l'adaptateur en utilisant les connecteurs Scotchlok 3M™ founis. Vous pouvez alors brancher votre NF-A4x10 au connecteur propriétaire dédié à la ventilation.
Nombreuses options de câblage

Nombreuses options de câblage

Si le câble principal d'alimentation du ventilateur est court (20 cm) afin de limiter l'encombrement dans les utilisations traditionnelles, celui de 30cm est fourni pour résoudre les problèmes éventuels de distance. Les deux câbles sont entièrement gainés.
Garantie Constructeur de 6 ans

Garantie Constructeur de 6 ans

Les ventilateurs Noctua sont connus pour leur qualité irréprochable et leur étonnante longévité. Comme tous les ventilateurs de la marque, le NF-A4x10 affiche un MTTF de plus de 150 000 heures de test et se voit assorti d'une garantie constructeur de 6 ans.
NF-A4x10 FLX
Spécifications ventilateur
Dimensions
40x40x10 mm
Espacement des orifices de fixation
32x32 mm
Branchement
3 broches
Type roulements
Géométrie des pales
Série A avec canalisateurs de flux
Vitesse de rotation (+/-10%)
4500 RPM
Vitesse de rotation avec L.N.A. (+/-10%)
3700 RPM
Niveau sonore
17,9 dB(A)
Niveau sonore avec L.N.A.
12,9 dB(A)
Pression statique
1,78 mm H₂O
Pression statique avec L.N.A.
1,21 mm H₂O
Puissance consommée max.
0,6 W
Ampérage max.
0,05 A
Tension
12 V
MTTF
> 150.000 h
Volume de livraison
  • Adaptateur Faible Bruit (L.N.A.)
  • Adaptateur 3 broches / 2 broches
  • Kit d’adaptation OmniJoin
  • Extension 30cm
  • 4 Vibration-Compensators
  • 4 vis de fixation
Garantie
6 ans
NF-A4x10 FLX
09.02.2015 // QWERTYmag.it
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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.
Verdict du test: "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)
16.04.2013 // EasyCOM.com.ua
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Как видим, использование Noctua NF-A4х10 FLX позволяет понизить температуру процессора на 26 °C в сравнении с пассивным режимом, что всего на 6 °C уступает результату штатного 60-мм вентилятора, и является хорошим результатом. Включение LN-адаптера в цепь питания позволяет понизить обороты с 4500 до 3700 об/мин, сделав и без того тихую работу еще тише. При этом температура процессора повышается на 3°C.
Verdict du test: "Компания Noctua предлагает обширную линейку продукции на все случаи жизни, очередной раз доказывая профессиональный подход к разработке компьютерных систем охлаждения. Представительница редкого типоразмера 40 мм – модель Noctua NF-A4х10 FLX, выполнена в лучших традициях. Здесь есть все, что характерно для более старших моделей – внушительный список реализованных технологий, богатая комплектация, высокая степень надежности и долговечности, что подтверждается 6-летней гарантией. Добавьте сюда высокую эффективность и практически бесшумную работу, и цена в €12,90 покажется вполне обоснованной." (Дмитрий Ветров, EasyCOM.com.ua)
17.01.2013 // PC Ekspert
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Cijene manjih (A4x10/A6x25/A9x14 – 12,90/14,90/16,90€), kao i većih 140mm modela (21,90€) su uglavnom u skladu s dosadašnjom politikom Noctua proizvoda, koja se i dalje bazira na principu – kvaliteta prije svega, uz odgovarajuću cijenu. Nakon svega viđenog, zaista im ne možemo puno zamjeriti na tome, s obzirom na sve prednosti njihovih proizvoda iz nove A-serije za koje imamo gotovo isključivo riječi hvale.
Verdict du test: "Noctua nam je ovom prilikom priredila mnoga iznenađenja po pitanju novih proizvoda raznih veličina i namjena. Od minijaturnog 40mm A4x10 modela, preko A6x25 i A9x14, pa sve do 140mm inačica, svaki od testiranih ventilatora odaje onu poznatu Noctua kvalitetu i uglađenost u radu uz visoku funkcionalnost i bogatu dodatnu opremu. Za svakoga ponešto, bi možda bio najslikovitiji opis nove A-serije ventilatora, a što se nas osobno tiče, itekako bismo voljeli vidjeti par 140mm ULN modela i u našem testnom računalu. Za korisnike koji zahtijevaju veliku efikasnost i relativno umjeren nivo buke, tu su naravno A14 FLX i A15 PWM modeli, koji svojom fleksibilnošću, elegantnim radom ali i visokom kvalitetnom izrade itekako zaslužuju našu preporuku." (Domagoj Hodak, PC Ekspert)
20.11.2012 // HWBox.gr
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Αν μη τι άλλο, ο συγκεκριμένος ανεμιστήρας "έκλεψε" την παράσταση. Όχι για τις επιδόσεις του. Ούτε για την ησυχία του. Μπορεί το όνομά του να καμουφλάρει το τι πραγματικά είναι, όπως επίσης μπορεί και η συσκευασία του να θεωρηθεί παραπλανητική μιας και σε μέγεθος είναι παρόμοια με τους υπόλοιπους. Ο Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX είναι ένας ανεμιστήρας που μπορεί κάλλιστα να θεωρηθεί "μινιατούρα" κάποιου άλλου μοντέλου! Η διάμετρός του ανέρχεται στα 40mm ενώ το πάχος του δεν ξεπερνά τα 1 εκατοστό, και σαν αποτέλεσμα μπορεί να παρέχει μέγιστο 4.83 CFM στις 4500 RPM με θόρυβο μόλις 17,9 dB! Αν ψάχνετε έστω και την παραμικρή παροχή αέρα στο mITX σύστημά σας, να τον προσαρμόσετε πάνω στις μνήμες σας για καλύτερη και αθόρυβη ψύξη, να αντικαταστήσετε κάποιον ανεμιστήρα από παλαιότερο σύστημα, ο Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX είναι μια πιθανή λύση, αρκετά υποσχόμενη σε σχέση με οτιδήποτε κυκλοφορεί στην αγορά των 40mm ανεμιστήρων. Στα συνοδευτικά του περιλαμβάνεται και το OmniJoin Adaptor Set όπου μπορείτε να προσαρμόσετε τον ανεμιστήρα σας σε οποιοδήποτε propriertary pin design!
Verdict du test: "Ειδικά για τον 40mm NF-A4x10, μπόρεσε με απόλυτη επιτυχία να αντικαταστήσει το παλιό χαλασμένο ανεμιστηράκι μιας Ge-Force FX 5200 που χρησιμοποιώ στον backup-server μου, εξαλείφοντας τον σχεδόν εκνευριστικό υψίσυχνο θόρυβο που παρήγαγε! Συνολικά, δεν είναι μόνο οι ανεμιστήρες που θα σας μείνουν από την αγορά τους, αλλά και τα αρκετά συνοδευτικά που έρχονται μαζί τους, όπως οι έξτρα διακλαδωτήρες, τα LNAs και τα rubber mounts για την εφαρμογή των ανεμιστήρων στο κουτί. Ειδικής χρήσης ανεμιστήρες για ειδικές περιπτώσεις!" (Vasilis Galiouras, HWBox.gr)
14.11.2012 // El Chapuzas Informático
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Hemos probado los tres ventiladores y gratamente nos ha sorprendido su bajo nivel de ruido generado. El modelo de A4x10 es el único mínimamente más audible, pero por sus altas revoluciones es normal. Los modelos de 40 y 60 mm son perfectos para sistemas embebidos que requieren un ventilador para la extracción de aire, así como para los amantes del modding que deseen refrigerar zonas de su PC de menor superficie. El modelo de 90 mm es ideal para equipos HTPC con disipadores de perfil bajo, que lo verán aún más reducido al cambiar los habituales ventiladores de 25 mm de grosor por este de 14 mm.
Verdict du test: "Los ventiladores Noctua Serie-A ofrecen en formato compacto el rendimiento esperado por un ventilador de esta prestigiosa marca: gran flujo de aire a un mínimo nivel sonoro. Su uso está limitado a necesidades concretas, por lo que gran parte de los usuarios no tendrán necesidad de ellos. Sin embargo, los que requieran productos de estas dimensiones agradecerán en gran medida el lanzamiento de estos ventiladores tan eficientes por parte de Noctua." (Iván Martínez, El Chapuzas Informático)
28.10.2012 // PCkoloji.com
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Ufak boyutlardan ötürü fan motoru neredeyse çerçevenin yarısını işgal ediyor. Pervane ufak olunca devir iyice yükseliyor ve 4500 oluyor ama bu durumda gürültü sadece 17.9 dBA ve benzer fanlara kıyasla kat kat daha sessiz! Akım ise sadece 8.2 m³/h ama normal. LNA filtre eklenirse hız 3700 devire, gürültü 12.9 dBA’e ve akım 6.6 m³/h değerine iniyor. Her iki modda da aşırı sessiz.
Verdict du test: "En yüksek güç tüketimi 0.6 Watt ve çalışma gerilimi 12 Volt olan fanın kullanım ömrü en az 150 bin saat. 6 sene garanti bu model için de geçerli. Daha kalın fan kullanan cihazlarla da uyumlu olması avantaj sağlıyor." (Görkem Yildirimy, PCkoloji.com)
22.10.2012 // HD Technology
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Le ventole Noctua della nuova serie A, sono state veramente all’altezza delle nostre aspettative, qualità impeccabile ed una longevità eccezionale. Gli appassionati potranno utilizzare queste ventole per una durata di oltre 150.000 con una garanzia sul prodotto di ben 6 anni. Come tutte le fan delle varie serie, sono curate minimamente sotto ogni punto di vista.
Verdict du test: "Con questa recensione, non possiamo far a meno di consigliarvi queste ventole per chi utilizza un HTPC." (Victor Italiano, HD Technology)
11.10.2012 // Hardware - HDblog
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Dall’immagine si evince che, anche se siamo davanti a delle ventole molto piccole, la potenzialità che presentano è notevole anche rispetto alla sorella più grande da 92 mm, facendo registrare la stessa temperatura dell’hard disk utilizzando il modello A6x25 e, la ventola più piccola soltanto un grado di differenza rispetto alle sorelle più grandi. Segnaliamo infine la poca rumorosità di tutti e tre i modelli, confermando di fatto le specifiche proposte dall’azienda.
Verdict du test: "Come da copione, anche con queste nuove ventole Noctua non ci ha delusi, proponendo prodotti che anche se di piccole dimensioni svolgono bene il proprio lavoro sia per prestazioni che la qualità; tutti e tre i modelli sono ideali per chi cerca prestazioni ottimali per il proprio sistema senza tralasciare la rumorosità." (Michele Bruno, Hardware - HDblog)
04.02.2016 // SmallFormFactor.net
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All in all, these products are well built, well designed, and are able to achieve specs that by-and-large merit the premium price asked of them. None of the tested fans exhibited loud operation, and the included accessories ensured that the fans can be used in many different systems.
Verdict du test: "It is typical for high-end or “luxury” goods to embrace a brand, style, or ethos, and Noctua does precisely that with their distinctive color scheme. The rest comes down to performance, though, and while you’ll pay top dollar to install a Noctua fan in your build, we’re hard-pressed to imagine how anyone will find themselves disappointed." (John Morrison, SmallFormFactor.net)
08.11.2015 // AndroidPC.es
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Después de probar los modelos NF-A6x25 PWM, NF-A6x25 FLX, NF-A4x10 FLX y NF-A4x10 5V nos dan ganas de dejar un ventilador en nuestras placas pasivas, pero preferimos no hacerlo, como ya sabéis nos gustan los sistemas pasivos. Ciertamente es estos productos pueden ofrecen una mejora térmica en nuestros dispositivos si vamos a exprimirlos y además no nos molestan con ruidos. Si tenemos algún modelo pasivo con problemas térmicos añadirle un pequeño ventilador bien dimensionado siempre es una solución, sobretodo si tienen la calidad de estos modelos.
Verdict du test: "Los recomendamos sin ninguna duda para quien quiera mejorar el rendimiento de su miniPC o AndroidPC con problemas térmicos." (Joaquin Prida Trujillo, AndroidPC.es)

NA-SAC5

  • Adaptateur pour alimentation de ventilateur S-ATA vers 4 broches
NF-A4x10 FLX

NA-SEC2

  • Câbles-rallonges 3-broches
NF-A4x10 FLX

NA-SYC2

  • Câbles en Y 3-broches
NF-A4x10 FLX

NA-SAV4

  • 16 NA-AV4 silicone anti-vibration silentbloc jusqu’à 4 ventilateurs
  • Extrémité plate (côté boîtier) pour une esthétique soignée
  • 5 crans prédéfinis
  • Compatible avec l’ensemble des ventilateurs Noctua
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Instructions de montage (PDF)

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.

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.

How much torque should be used for fan screws?

Please use 0.6Nm to tighten fan screws. Make sure not to overtighten the screws as this may damage the fan frame.

Can Noctua fans be used to replace noisy stock fans in NAS devices?

Noctua fans such as the 40, 60, 80, 92 or 120mm 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 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.

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 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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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.

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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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:

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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 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 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.

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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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