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Noctua Chromax Show Off – Fans, Extensions, Heat Sink Covers & More

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Posted February 21, 2018 by Brendan van Varik in Cooling

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WHAT WE LIKED:

Solid Build Quality, Excellent Noise/Airflow Ratio, Great Professional Aesthetic,
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Pricing is a bit high for certain components
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Noctua always has unprecedented quality and performance, and their design has adapted to reach a wider range of builders. If you're willing to pay for it, the fans will make an excellent addition to your system.
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by Brendan van Varik
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Chromax Fans

As of right now, there are four fans that come in the Chromax range and are available in three different sizes. You’ve got 120mm, 140mm and 150mm options available, which covers most of the chassis and cooler options on the market right now. The 150mm fan is a little special as it is a 150mm round frame, yet it features 120mm mounting holes. This makes it ideal for mounting it to a larger cooler such as the NH-D15, NH-D15S or NH-U14S. It should be noted that these fans feature an all-black design with the option to change out the rubber grommets to make it feel a little more custom and tailored to your specific build. Every fan will come with six different color options – red, white, blue, yellow, green and black – for the anti-vibration pads on the fans. However, the only fan that will come with a set to do both sides is the NF-A15 HS-PWM. The other three will come with four of the pads, meaning you can only use them on one side of the fan, unless you opted to buy the optional extras which I will show you later. One final thing to mention is that these particular Noctua fans feature a six-year warranty, and their SSO2 bearing which is rated for 150,000 hours before failure.

All for fans come in the same sized box, and are packaged identically. The only difference is that the anti-vibration parts are of a slightly different shape.

One key thing to note from this image that you may not notice immediately is the fact that the fan has a very short PWM cable, which is extended by an additional cable. This is superb for daisy chaining the fans together when used on a radiator or anywhere in your chassis, as well as giving you the ability to change the extension out entirely (more on this later!)

To demonstrate how easy the colored anti-vibration pads are to install, here’s a picture that shows how you just have to push them down in the corners. That’s it, nothing more. They are flexible and are easy to remove as well.

Below are the four fans that Noctua graciously sent over to us, with a link to their specs as well. Just click on the name and you’ll be taken to the website.

Noctua NF-A15 HS-PWM

Noctua A14 PWM

Noctua NF-F12 PWM

Noctua S12A PWM

Now that the four fans have been shown off, I can tell you a little about them. They’re whisper quiet, are very well made and finally feature the all-black design that we have been after all along. Whilst I am not opposed to the Noctua color scheme, I sure do like the flexibility that the all-black design brings to the table, as well as the ability to change the corners within seconds by clipping (as well as you can clip rubber) on to the corners of the fans. My only gripe is that they didn’t include a pink set… come on!

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One Comment


  1.  
    Neil Mathieson

    Good review Brendan,

    I won a bunch of original Noctua (3-120mm and 6-140mm) fans three years ago. They are reliable, they move a lot of air, and they were free. What more could someone want?

    I really don’t care if they’re brown or not. There is beauty in functionality.





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