Computex 2014 – News from Noctua
Noctua is one of the most reputable names in the air cooling industry. The austrian manufacturers make some of the quietest fans out there and they are also very well known for the quality of the products, like Noctua NH-D14, which was the king of air cooling for many years. Besides that, Noctua always shows new products and technologies at Computex, and this year was not different.
First of all, we had the chance to see two new coolers optimized for mini ITX systems. We are talking about a U type cooler and a D type cooler, that can work with 92mm fans and can fit in any mini ITX system, without interfering with the graphic card or the high-profile RAM kits.
Of course, we also saw a prototype for a new type of tower cooler, which uses a different heatpipe technology – the base of the heatpipe is a cube, so the transfer between the base and the heatpipe should be much better then with a regular heatpipe. The cooler has 9 heatpipes, 5 of them with a cube base and 4 regular ones. I am really curious how this monster will perform in real life.
As you know, Noctua is always concerned with compatibility. After some users reported problems with the new Noctua heatsinks (NH-D15 for instance) Noctua went to build asymmetrical versions for both NH-D15 and also a new D type 15mm tower cooler, so they will not interfere with the graphic card on a mATX motherboard.
Of course, we could also see new fans from Noctua (like a giant 200 mm Noctua fan) but also new technologies that are still in development. We have seen Noctua’s Active Noise Cancellation prototype at the last Computex, and their are still working on this technology. Basically, they start with the idea that a certain frequency can cancel / reduce the effect of fan vibration and air resistance (aka noise). They are doing this by mounting a magnet in the frame of the fan, but also a small piece of magnet at the top of each fin. When the magnet is active, it will make the fin vibrate in such a way that the high variations in fan noise are much reduced, so the noise level is much lower.
Another technology which is still in development is the Flocked Surface Fan – basically they are putting a thin layer of synthetic velvet like material on the fan so the noise is much reduced.