Posts Tagged: PWM

Noctua NH-D14 Redux: Modern Fans On An Old Heatsink

On a hot day in July, we decided to take another look at the venerable Noctua NH-D14 cooler. People may be wondering why are we looking at this heatsink again, its End of Life (EOL). A lot of enthusiasts purchased this when it was new back in 2009 and likely still have it and would like to use it on modern platforms. In fact, the device can still be purchased new today Noctua says because people still buy it. The focus on the mini-review here is to see how the old school CPU heatsink compares with a couple of new Noctua fans and see how that affects its performance. Read on to see what improvements were found. Read More

Noctua NF-A12x25 Fan Review

Today we examine Noctua’s new fan, the NF-A12-25. After more than 4.5 years of development and seeing prototypes throughout that time, the new fan has finally been released. The NF-A12-25 uses different build materials to increase rigidity which allows for tighter tolerances, specifically in regards to the distance between the blade and the frame. Noctua says this design is said to help with increased static pressure and airflow which makes this fan a good candidate for mounting to a radiator. We put the fan to the test against our test suite to gauge performance and see how the new fan fared against other similarly sized fans.
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Silverstone Heligon HE01 Heatsink Review

Heligon HE01

Today we look at the tandem tower Silverstone Heligon HE01. Although this heatsink has been available for a while, it is our first chance to put it to the test. We will first look at the cooling performance of the stock single-fan configuration and then see if this heatsink performs any better with two fans instead of one. Read More

Noctua NF-A12x15 Fan Review

Noctua has released a new 15 mm thick, named the NF-A12x15. It is designed to fit in skinny places and to provide relatively high static pressure. They faced challenges getting a fan this thin. For example, “For the 12cm NF-A12x15, a steel-reinforced motor hub and brass axle mount are being used in order to assure the required stability despite the fan’s 15mm thin profile.” Remember, Noctua guarantees their products out to six years and to make a thin fan last that long took some work. They also never made a fan this thin. As our press contact commented, “All of the new models are new form factors for us.” So let’s have a look at this, the newest entry into the slim fan derby: Read More

Noctua NF-A20 Fan Review

As of May 2017 Noctua released its NF-A20 fan as the NF-A20 FLX two-speed fan and the NF-A20 PWM variable speed fan. Noctua has been working on a 200 mm fan for years – it first showed a 20 cm prototype in 2013 at Computex, so this month will be exactly four years. They had to have been working on it before that, to make a prototype, but only now has Noctua released their 200 mm fan. As their press relations person said, “We really had to put our backs into this one to make it happen. It’s so easy to build a 200mm fan that spins, but so hard to build one that performs, doesn’t feel flimsy, and will spin for more than 10 years…” Were the results worth it? Let’s see! Read More

Thermaltake Riing 14 Premium Fans Review

The Thermaltake Riing 14 LED RGB TT Premium Edition 3-Fan Pack is an eyeful to see. These fans offer ring shaped LED’s in 256 colors. The kit was designed for radiators. We will look at these fans as fans. We will also look at the software that gives us those 256 colors, as well as controlling the fan
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Silverstone 120 mm PWM Fans Review

Silverstone 120mm fans

We have arrived at the second part of the Silverstone fan review (part 1 was the review of 140 mm Silverstone fans). 120 mm fans can be used as case fans, heatsink fans and radiator fans. These are all PWM fans so they can be used in all three applications. Because they can be used in all three, we test them in the three kinds of situations. If it sounds like a lot of testing, it was. But now we know where these Silverstone fans fit into the 120 mm universe. So let’s get out our telescopes and start looking. Read More

Silverstone FQ141 & FW141 140 mm Fans Review

Silverstone makes a number of fans. They have done so for years, and their designs are always interesting. Silverstone sent a number of fans for review. Today we will look at the 140 mm fans. One is voltage controlled. The others are PWM, with great flexibility. How well do these three models do their jobs? Let’s see. Read More

Noctua NF-A6x25 5V 60mm Fan Review

Noctua has released the NF-A6x25 5V fans. Unpacking the numbering system a bit, that means they are 60 mm fans that operate at 5 volts. They come as 3-wire voltage-controlled and 4-wire PWM fans that are 25 mm thick. Cute little ol’ things, you say? Well, as we see smaller and smaller form factors, this kind of fan should find great use. So let’s check out these little fans and see how they do. Read More

Thermalright TY-14x SQ Fans Review

Thermalright has finally put their PWM fans in square frames. Long known for their excellent 140 mm PWM heatsink fans, Thermalright finally have those fans ready for radiators. Enthusiasts have admired those blade shapes for years, but they never fit cases or rads, only heatsinks. The TY series has now expanded to include square frames, so they can be placed on 140 mm radiators. With PWM control, they can plug into PWM splitters where they get their power directly from PSU’s to avoid overburdening the motherboard, and still letting you control your fans without needing a separate fan controller. Thermalright sent pairs of these to review, so let’s look at these fans. Read More