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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

Overview

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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 Heat Sink Covers

To my knowledge, Noctua has yet to release a cooler that has used anything but the nickel plating on their fins. They are somewhat reluctant to change their choices, but as with their fans, it has become one of their signatures. However, you are now able to change the color of the exterior of your cooler with a Chromax accessory. They are costly, but if you really care about your aesthetics, this may be your only option without sacrificing performance by painting your cooler.

Just like the anti-vibration pads that we just saw on the Chromax fans, these are incredibly simple to install and will make your cooler a lot more unique in just minutes. Whilst I cannot attest to how easy they are to install from experience due to not having one of the coolers available to me at the time of writing, I can tell you that Noctua’s instructions are usually flawless and that it will be a piece of cake to install.

The overall quality of the components is second to none, which is exactly what we expect to see. Whilst I will tell you straight up that they are a little flimsy, you can’t expect too much out of a 1mm thick piece of metal. Sure, it is possible to form them so that they are rigid and rock hard, but it would be much more expensive without adding anything of real value to the product itself.

As it currently stands, there are three different options available on the market. They consist of an all-black model, an all-white model and one which is black but features six different (the same six) inserts that can change the color internally to give you more of a flare. As you can see in the image below, the six colors are nothing more than inserts that sit behind the gray component that holds them in place. It’s super simplistic to swap them out, something that was not immediately apparent to me before getting my hands on the covers.

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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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