Noctua Announces Its Next Generation 120mm A-Series Fan (Updated)

Update June 3, 2017, 10:07 am PT. This article has been updated to add a video demonstration (embedded further below) of the A-Series fan in action, going up against two NF-F12 fans during Computex.

After five long years in development, Noctua announced its next-generation 120mm A-series fan at Computex 2017.

These new fans feature impellers made from a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) commonly used in high-end medical and military applications such as combat helmets, bulletproof vests, and other types of body armor. According to the company, LCPs make up a family of thermoplastics with a unique set of properties that, unlike ABS or nylon, perform very well in harsh environments due to its high tensile strength, stiffness, and rigidity.

This is important because the Noctua 120mm A-series fan has an extremely tight 0.5mm tip clearance that calls for stricter tolerances, minimal fan vibration, and little to no fan creep due to centrifugal forces.

Noctua has a live demo at Computex where it claims two NF-F12 fans on a NH-U12S cooler are actually outperformed by a single new A-series fan.

Although the new A-series fan is being announced at Computex, availability is currently set for September 2017, with an estimated street price of $30.

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  • Karadjgne
    I remember a while back, the biggest competition for fan supremacy on a radiator was between the Noctuas and the Scythe Gentle Typhoon, with both sides being quite strongly argumented over cfm vrs sp vrs rpm. To look at the new 120mm A series, it looks like Noctua took the criticism to heart and combined the GTs blade design style with Noctua performance and ability and got the best of both for a truly superior fan.
  • Adroid
    Noctua makes a superb product. In the way of fans i have never held or used a more solid feeling product that the Noctua fan i bought to replace a failed fan on the Cooler Master 212 evo.

    Im curious if the A series will be available in 140mm also.

    If you buy a product that comes with free fans I'd probably use what I had.. been when it comes to buying new fans it will be Noctua or nothing for my future builds.

    Noctua exudes quality and its no surprise the have held the air coolibg criwn as long as they have.
  • ccampy
    That gap between the fan and the casing