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Why does Noctua make their fans so ugly?

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May 10, 2011 4:04:51 AM

They are obviously a very serious, high-end cooling component manufacturer, but WHY do they need to make their fans so ugly. many people don't have case windows, but then again, many people do.

have you ever seen anyone with a wood themed computer? chocolate? I didn't think so


Do they have any reason behind all of this? I hear awesome things about their coolers and fans, but it is the color that scares me away (and i don't want to go to the trouble of painting it)


Thanks


btw, i meant no offense to any Noctua fans (pun unintended)

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May 10, 2011 11:21:25 AM

uniqueness
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May 10, 2011 12:48:20 PM

Yea it makes them stand out a lot and are easily identified..
Standing out from other brands is actually very useful
And I don't really think they look that bad though
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a c 197 K Overclocking
May 10, 2011 1:58:44 PM

And if you are seriously into performance, you shouldn't care what the fans look like.
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May 10, 2011 2:04:33 PM

jsc said:
And if you are seriously into performance, you shouldn't care what the fans look like.



I didn't mean it that way.

I meant that theirs fans are very nice, but there are also other comparable companies out there that have similarly specced fans and look better in the case. If they were one-of-a-kind, i wouldn't care what they looked like
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July 15, 2013 2:23:42 AM

"btw, i meant no offense to any Noctua fans (pun unintended)" - utter genius!
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a c 177 K Overclocking
July 15, 2013 2:55:04 AM

Because people can recognize Noctua fans instantly by the horrid colour scheme, combined with their reputation for being amazing means they get noticed easily.

If your willing to go to some pains, you can dye them to change colour (spray paint ruins the balance of them). I also think that Noctua re releasing some of their lineup in a purely black version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Y9dV0XX6s
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a c 103 K Overclocking
July 15, 2013 8:19:48 AM

a) they have an insider backroom deal with krylon
b) to separate the wheat from the chaff and make the waanabees "go toward the lights" of the Vegas fans

muuuuuahahahahah just my @$$holio 2 cents
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August 6, 2013 7:07:38 AM

I just got my NH-U14S the other day. It was my first cooler/heatsink ever to buy and yes, when I looked at the pictures I thought like you. But benchmarks don't lie, so I went for it. I tell you... The moment I opened that box and that huge ugly fan was staring right through my soul, I was in love. There is really something special about a fan which appearence is so different from others. And I can't wait to see people's reaction when they go like "Duh, that's ugly as hell. It looks like something that was made pre world war. It probably generates more heat than it cools LOL!", and when they see that beast in action they are blown away. And I mean literally... like SWOOSH.
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a c 239 K Overclocking
August 6, 2013 12:10:01 PM

Noctua fans are part of the Lee Family, you know, last name Lee, first name UG! :lol: 

The heat sink itself looks pretty good with a couple of 120mm Scythe Slipstreams 1900rpm 110cfm, and they out perform the stock fans as well.



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August 22, 2014 10:44:31 AM

4Ryan6 said:
Noctua fans are part of the Lee Family, you know, last name Lee, first name UG! :lol: 

The heat sink itself looks pretty good with a couple of 120mm Scythe Slipstreams 1900rpm 110cfm, and they out perform the stock fans as well.





That defeats the purpose of the cooler though, CM's got a better heatsink, Noctua's only advantage is quieter fans.
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a b K Overclocking
August 22, 2014 10:50:30 AM

I think that's how they designwd it to be, I mean, a fan that's brown but still people buy it? That just shows how good they are, phanteks make goodblooking ones but they are always behind noctua, it's like a really bad looking car, but it's the fastest car you can get, so the designers want to keep its iconic colour scheme and to tell people that they don't need good looks for people to buy them
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August 22, 2014 12:42:15 PM

legend001523 said:
I think that's how they designwd it to be, I mean, a fan that's brown but still people buy it? That just shows how good they are, phanteks make goodblooking ones but they are always behind noctua, it's like a really bad looking car, but it's the fastest car you can get, so the designers want to keep its iconic colour scheme and to tell people that they don't need good looks for people to buy them


My wife would never let me buy that, but honestely, I'll stick with the hyper 212, or corsair fans. They look great and performance is good. In this day and age it shouldn't be a comprimise. But then again I guess some people like when people look at thier parts and say "Hey you got a (blank), cool", but no one ever says wow that looks neat. Unless they are being sarcastic. They could go white and black, I'm sure no one would mind that.
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I have a red and black set up and i personally like my shit brown color of my noctua. Makes them stand out and everone know I have noctuas
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