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Noctua's New A-Series Fans: A Closer Look

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Noctua presented a number of very interesting new fan products at Computex 2014.

New A-Series fansNew A-Series fansEditor's Note: While Computex took place last week and all of the news announcements are behind us, we're still sorting through hundreds of in-person meetings and demonstrations, picking out just a few more of the most interesting items we saw up close.

Noctua was one of the few manufacturers that really stood out to us during Computex 2014. We already know that Noctua simply makes good things, but what made the company really stand out was that almost everything it showcased was new, and the items that weren't new were either flagship products or something recently announced.

First off, Noctua presented its new fans. These fans include an A-series 92 mm fan, an A-series 80 mm fan, and most importantly, an A-series 200 mm fan. The 200 mm fan is particularly impressive, as it is the company's first 200 mm fan. Many buyers have been asking for a 200 mm Noctua fan since more and more enclosures support these. The company also presented a slim 120 mm fan, which has also been in high demand. Slim 120 mm fanSlim 120 mm fan

Noctua also presented its new fans with a flock coating. The idea behind treating either the frame or the blades of a fan with a flock coating is not only to provide a more silent fan, but also to ensure that any noise created is more pleasant. This concept offers two problems: cost and dust. Such treatments aren't particularly cheap, and a flock coating will attract a lot of dust, thus requiring more maintenance. This concept is still very much in the experimental phase, and it might not ever come to market.Flock coated 120 mm fansFlock coated 120 mm fans

The new A-series fans are scheduled for release in Q4 2014, with the slim fan scheduled to hit shelves sometime throughout the second half of 2015.

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    soccerplayer88 , June 12, 2014 1:12 PM
    For crying out loud Noctua, put together some colored fans. You build quality, but man are your fans ugly.
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    chugot9218 , June 12, 2014 1:55 PM
    Somewhat agreed, it's just a CPU fan for me though so no biggie, I actually like how it looks in relation to my other stuff. I heard they are easy enough to paint as well. Maybe a classic color scheme and a modern? Can't be too much to ask for.
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    FFH , June 12, 2014 2:07 PM
    I can stand the brown, but the beige like color is ugly. I'm sure these are good fans since they're Noctua.
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    John Lukitsh , June 12, 2014 2:09 PM
    Notctua has just announced their Pro and Redux line of fans. The pros are black, and the redux are gray. They're listed on their website, I think they should be available soon.
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    Igotpwn3d , June 12, 2014 3:58 PM

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    Notctua has just announced their Pro and Redux line of fans. The pros are black, and the redux are gray. They're listed on their website, I think they should be available soon.


    Wow, even their website is ugly. Is it supposed to be ironic? Like "everything we do looks terrible, but ironically performs very well."
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    wiinippongamer , June 12, 2014 8:07 PM
    Noctua's products are classy, if you want transformer looking LED ridden fans because of your insatiable ADD, look elsewhere.
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    el_bastardo74 , June 12, 2014 11:30 PM
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    Noctua's products are classy, if you want transformer looking LED ridden fans because of your insatiable ADD, look elsewhere.


    If someone finds a fan (which does not coordinate with the color scheme of most people's rigs) to be fugly, then they have ADD and are in search of LED ridden fans? Excellent logic and reasoning.
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    jas340 , June 13, 2014 7:19 AM
    Fortunately for me my favorite colors are desert tan and coyote brown. Think desert Marpat
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    soldier9599 , June 13, 2014 8:35 AM
    Fortunately for me I don't spend all day staring at my case like it's a work of art. Who cares what it looks like? A nice monitor is all I need as far as aesthetics go.

    I am excited by this 200mm fan. They announced it a long time ago and I just assumed they gave up on the idea.
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    ksham , June 13, 2014 8:40 AM
    I have to agree, Noctua fans are an abomination aesthetically. Like ... how hard can it be to add some colors? Noctua needs to hire some graphic artists because apparently their employees have no taste in color schemes.

    I can understand if those are Noctua's company colors, but in terms of marketing, it doesn't really work.
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    vmem , June 13, 2014 8:44 AM
    well, at this point Noctua's fugly colors have become iconic... if a friend comes to your place, points at your PC and go "yo that's some ugly A$$ fans, why you buy those?", you can immediately point out his ignorance about PC building :p 
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    ksham , June 13, 2014 8:48 AM
    I don't use their fans in any of my builds because of the mismatching color schemes. Sorry if I'm an oddball but I have not found any good build that works with their fan color schemes.
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    RCguitarist , June 13, 2014 9:21 AM
    Just gonna go ahead and say it....Cougar fans still win the fan wars. Quiet as can be and move more air than any fan should be physically able to. German engineering, go figure.
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    gm0n3y , June 13, 2014 11:45 AM
    I'm not really sold on the 'Flock Coating' idea. It really depends on how much it holds dust. I don't want to have to wipe down all of my fans when normal fans are mostly clean with a spray of compressed air. Kudos to them for trying something new to decrease noise though. I hope it works out.
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    Cons29 , June 13, 2014 6:06 PM
    i love noctua, but like most people, these things are ugly. i mean come on, people who buy these things likes to show the internals of the pc (almost everyone)
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    DavidRitchey , June 14, 2014 11:26 PM
    omg ppl just go fanless/pumpless already.
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