Noctua Showcases Upcoming Products and Prototypes at COMPUTEX 2019

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Noctua’s attendance at COMPUTEX 2019 featured the company’s wide range of upcoming products and prototypes including a jawdropping fanless heatsink, its next-generation 140mm dual tower CPU coolers, and all-black versions of the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9i models. Furthemore, Noctua’s NF-A12x25 bagged the Best Case Fan of the Year award by the European Hardware Association.  That one’s also getting a black variant.

Noctua’s award-winning NH-D15 and NH-D15S CPU coolers were the highlights of the show. Coming in with 7 heatpipes instead of 6 and 10% more surface area, the new models are set to deliver improved cooling performance at high heat loads while assuring excellent PCIe compatibility due to its asymmetrical design inherited from the NH-D15S. Noctua is preparing multi-socket support for AM4, LGA 20XX, and LGA115x, as well as dedicated TR4 versions, both of which will come in single and dual fan variants.

The single fan units will feature full compatibility with memory modules of up to 65mm height, while the dual fan ones will further push the limits of air cooling performance. In live demonstrations, the next-gen model outperformed the current NH-D15 by around 1.5°C on 280W heating elements and managed to cool an overclocked AMD Threadripper 2990WX CPU at a heat load of no less than 435W. Squarely aimed at the most demanding enthusiasts, who push their processors to the absolute maximum and for whom every degree counts, the new versions are currently scheduled for the first half of 2020.

Noctua’s new prototype, a fanless cooler project, also graced their booth. The 1.5kg prototype demoed at COMPUTEX 2019 is designed for passive cooling from the ground up, and is demoed on a silent system from that relies on natural convection only. 

Even on less than ideal conditions on the swhowfloor, the cooler managed to keep an Intel Core i9 9900K CPU in check even when it’s under load on Prime 95 at 120W. By adding an additional low-noise case fan, such as the NF-A12x25 ULN, the prototype was able to dissipate up to 180W, making it ideal for semi-passive setups. It is currently scheduled to hit the market in the first half of 2020.

Noctua’s desk fan based on the NF-A12x25 and a three-way Airflow Amplification System was showcased with a pre-production protype that features an updated visual design. It’s expected to hit the market in 2020.

Noctua also showed all-black versions of the NH-D15, NH-12S and NH-L9i, as well as black versions of the NF-A20, NF-A9, NF-A9x14 and NF-A8 fans, all of which are scheduled for release in Q4 2019. The black versions of the NF-A12x25 and NF-A12x15 that were on display are on the roadmap for the first half of 2020. In addition to its black chromax line fans, Noctua displayed white variants of the NF-A15, NF-A14 and NF-F12 that are targeted for the first half of 2020 as well. The chromax line heatsink covers for the NH-U14S and NH-U14S TR4-SP3 will be available shortly. 

Noctua’s redux line will also be expanded with an NH-U12 series CPU cooler – a streamlined, more affordable version of the NH-U12S. While the number of heatpipes and accessories will be reduced, the cooler will come with the same proven SecuFirm2™ mounting system as Noctua’s more expensive coolers. It is currently scheduled for release in the first half of 2020. 

Noctua’s fan prototypes on the showfloor also included slim 140x15, 80x15, 70x15 and 50x10mm A-series models, as well as a 140mm counterpart of the NF-A12x25. These are all on Noctua’s roadmap for 2021. A 60x15mm model is also set for H2 2020.

Noctua also showcased two upcoming accessories set to arrive by the end of the year. There’s an 8-port fan hub that will allow users to connect, control and monitor up to 8 PWM fans and a 24v to 12v DC-DC step-down converter. The latter will make it possible to run all 12V Noctua fans in 24V environments, thus enabling users to operate 40 and 60mm fans like the NF-A4x10 FLX and NF-A6x25 PWM in 24V-based systems such as 3D printers. The converter will support both PWM and voltage-based speed control as well as RPM monitoring. 

At the European Hardware Association, Noctua’s flagship fan NF-A12x25 was also voted as the best case fan of the year by the jury made up of editors of nine leading hardware publications from Europe. Remarkably, the NF-A12x25 was also the first cooling product ever to make it to the shortlist for best overall product of the year.

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