A little while ago Noctua sent over some of their new NF-A14 Chromax fans to review. So for the past few weeks they have been sitting in my PC and now it’s time for the review!
Design and First Impressions
If you are into PCs you probably have heard of and seen Noctua before, famous for their ugly brown fans that perform amazingly. Well this is a bit of a twist on their design, these fans are all black! included in the box is, the fan itself, 5 sets of 4 anti vibration pads in red, green, blue, yellow and black. Also 4 screws, a fan extension cable and some documentation.
As mentioned before, the fans are completely black, apart from the anti vibration pads which are coloured. There isn’t really much to say about the design of a PC fan-it’s a fan. The blades are made up of 7 A-Series blades and the frame is one of Noctua’s Advanced Airflow Optimization fans
The NF-A14s are packed full of features, here are some of them.
Stepped Inlet Design,
Noctua’s Stepped Inlet Design adds turbulence to the influx in order to facilitate the transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow, which reduces tonal intake noise, improves flow attachment and increases suction capacity, especially in space-restricted environments.
Inner Surface Microstructures,
With the tips of the fan blades ploughing through the boundary layer created by the Inner Surface Microstructures, flow separation from the suction side of the blades is significantly suppressed, which results in reduced blade passing noise and improved airflow and pressure efficiency.
Flow Acceleration Channels
The NF-A14 impeller features suction side Flow Acceleration Channels. By speeding up the airflow at the crucial outer blade regions, this measure reduces suction side flow separation and thus leads to better efficiency and lower vortex noise.
Might i add that they are also PWM!
The NF-A14s performed superbly in my tests, keeping my PC nice and cool.
While testing, the NF-A14 they cooled my PC down an extra 6°C. This doesn’t seem like much, but by just changing fans you could eliminate your thermal problems without buying a new CPU cooler.
They are also a lot quieter than my stock fans, losing around 6 decibels of noise! And being PWM, they will quiet down as soon as the load is taken off the PC and are nearly silent.
I know this was a pretty short review. But to put it in one word-They’re great, they have really good airflow, great acoustics and they aren’t brown and beige!
Special thanks to Noctua for sending these out for review.
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