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Noctua NH-U12A heatsink review. Will it SFF?

We would like to thank Noctua for providing us with a review sample of their NH-U12A heatsink. Without their generosity, this review would not be possible. Fresh off the heels of our NT-H2 Thermal Paste shootout, we have a compelling new heatsink from Noctua, the NH-U12A. This model is more compact than some of Noctua’s larger offerings but offers unparalleled performance for its size due the quality of fans being used. It’s still a little on the larger side and may not fit in most of our cases but for those that have the room, you may not find a …
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Noctua’s Sterrox – The Next Generation

Evolution in the fan space is slow. We’ve reached the era of incremental improvements, whilst the core design of fans stay the same. None of the crazy early days experimentation is found nowadays, sounding a death knell to the likes of tip magnetic drive, and even the pure Sandia designed CPU cooler. Instead, small improvements are made (notwithstanding RGB, because that’s an entirely different story), in pursuit of a better cooling device. Material tech is the route chosen by Noctua for improving their fans in this instance, eschewing the fan frame changes shown by DeepCool, CryoRig et al. Better materials …
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Noctua’s Slim 120mm Fan. At Last!

This is the one we’ve been waiting for for some time – a slim 120mm fan from Noctua. Noctua first previewed this fan at Computex a few years back – 2015 in fact. With the scarcity of quality slim fans being very well pronounced, it was time for another player to enter the market. Enter Noctua. The existing products in this market space have always been flawed in some way – usually either in acoustics or reliability. The well known example here is the Scythe Slim Silence products’ propensity to burn up the motor over time – usually evidenced by …
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A Selection Of Noctua For Your Perusal

Noctua, well known for their Coffee and Cream colour scheme, has innovated again, with a huge batch of new products. Some were expected, some not, and some we have anticipated for a few years now (Slim 120mm, I’m looking at you!). In this article, we will look at the bulk of the products, but we are saving the NF-A12x15 slim 120mm fan, the NF-A4x20 40x20mm fan and the NF-FC1 fan controller in separate articles. So, what does that leave us with? Lots! Noctua really did go all out with this release – multiple fan models, new fan mounts, a power …
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Noctua releases the slim 120mm NF-A12x15 fan

Noctua first showed off a prototype slim 120mm fan at Computex 2014, and at each Computex since they’ve shown off iterations of the design, but not this year. This year, Noctua has instead officially announced the fan, now designated the NF-A12x15 PWM and NF-A12x15 FLX (for the PWM and voltage-controlled variants respectively). So instead of prototypes, we will be taking a look at production versions of the fan at Computex this year, in person! 120 x 15mm fans are nothing new, but the reason I’ve been especially looking forward to Noctua’s take on the form factor is their SSO2 bearings (a modified FDB). All the …
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The Stragglers – Coolermaster, Thermaltake and Lian Li

With only one man on the ground this year at CES, we could only cover so much. At the end of the final day of CES, we could only grab quick overviews of a few of the companies we had missed. Let’s go! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Cooler Master Continuing Cooler Master’s closed loop cooling, they were keen to show off their Lite 120 and (Regular) 120/140 range. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] RGB! Yeah. They do look like TRON-like hovercraft though! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Drew at it again with the Mitutoyos. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Detailed measurements …
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Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 – A Slim Competitor

When it comes to cooling, fan thickness seems to be a standard that manufacturers almost never stray from, with the vast majority of coolers going with 25mm fans or bust. However, with the Scythe Slim Silence, and now the Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12, that fact has slowly been changing as the performance of thin fans improves, and enclosures begin to necessitate such tighter profiles – indeed, with modern fan motors and blade designs, good performance is still possible even after shaving 10mm (a full 40%) off! Today, then, we are looking at Prolimatech’s own slim fan offering, the Ultra Sleek Vortex 12. …
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Gentle Typhoon PWM 120mm Fan Launched

The casemodder’s beloved Nidec-Servo Gentle Typhoon fans are now available in a new 4-pin PWM version. The fans are now on sale at ModMyMods, with more retailers hopefully coming soon. Priced at US$19.99 per unit, these 120 mm fans offer up to 58.5 CFM of air-flow, with speeds ranging between 550-1,850 RPM, with claimed noise levels no higher than 26 dBA. Nidec-Servo claims the fan features a unique impeller design that puts out noise of the frequency that blends with typical ambient noise (and is less noticeable), and the fan has double vibration-reduction structures that minimize vibration transmitted noise. Check them out on this page. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] UPDATE: …
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Spire Launches New Fan Range

PC cooling manufacturer Spire has introduced a new line of cooling fans – the ‘CLEARSTAR’ series. This product line adds to Spire’s large existing range of fan models. Spire’s proprietary Nano-Tech bearing is featured in this line, which they claim is quieter than traditional sleeve or ball bearing fans. Specially designed blades have been shaped and balanced to move more air and reduce noise, as well as produce more air pressure. Two models are available at launch, the SP14025NTL3-B-LED is equipped with 4 bright blue LED’s, and the SP14025NTL3/4 which does not include LEDs. Both models are 140mm in diameter. All the new …