Today we received some interesting Computex 2011 updates from Noctua, including prototype heatsink designs, new backwards-compatible mounting mechanisms and new fans. It is always exciting any time an Overclockers.com Choice Award winner shows off new products. This press release outlines all the new developments:
First of all, we’ve used this year’s edition of Asia’s most important IT fair to present our upcoming Focused Flow fan, whose unique set of innovative features was much lauded by the international press. Teaming up eleven stator guide vanes with a specially conceived seven blade impeller, the Focused Flow system creates outstanding static pressure and focuses the airflow for superior performance on heatsinks and radiators. At the same time, second generation SSO-Bearings, our new, custom designed PWM IC and a wide range of advanced aerodynamic design measures guarantee astounding quietness of operation. For instance, the fan’s stator guide vanes are set out in Varying Angular Distance in order to spread the noise emission over a broader frequency spectrum and thus make the fan’s sound pattern less obtrusive to the human ear.
Secondly, we’ve displayed an upcoming low-profile dual fan cooler designed for use in small form factor cases and HTPC environments. With its flexible 120mm/92mm dual fan setup, the cooler can be configured either for full performance in dual fan mode or extra-low profile (66mm) with the top fan removed.
With Intel’s Sandy Bridge-E (LGA2011) platform just around the corner, we’ve also displayed our mounting mechanism for the new socket. Using the proven, time-tested SecuFirm2 system, the new mounting will be backwards compatible with all Noctua coolers since 2005 and will be supplied to customers free of charge after providing a proof of purchase. The upgrade kit will be available when the new platform is launched in Q4 2011.
The range of prototypes displayed at the show includes a new 140mm dual tower with recessed fins for improved compatibility and a new, alternating fin design for reduced airflow resistance and better performance.
The development projects that are still in an earlier stage include a top-of-the-range downdraft cooler with 7 heatpipes and 20% more surface area than the award-winning NH-D14 as well as a slim tower design for one or two 140mm fans. Another new project revolves around an 8 heatpipe triple stack design that allows making use of the airflow of two fans more efficiently than previous dual tower designs.
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The most exciting news is the prototype heatsink featuring a whopping 20% more surface area and larger fans than the NH-D14. Noctua has already taken air cooling to a whole new level of performance, it will be quite interesting to see how this new heatsink performs. Plus, it looks like the heatsink will be compatible with more motherboards as the fins start higher up, adding additional clearance for taller memory heatspreaders or larger mosfet coolers.
No timetable has been given for the release of these products.