Published: March 13, 2010
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Noctua, being well known for their quiet, but very effective CPU coolers, knows how to build quiet and effective fans. Continuing the trend to larger and larger fans, Noctua’s latest fan is of 140mm dimension. The nice thing about this fan is that it has mounting holes for both 140mm and 120mm, so it is backwards compatible.
Designed in Austria, Noctua’s premium cooling components are internationally renowned for their superb quietness, exceptional performance and thoroughgoing quality. Having received more than 1000 awards and recommendations from leading hardware websites and magazines, Noctua’s fans and heatsinks are chosen by more than a hundred thousand satisfied customers around the globe.
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Features and Specifications:
- 140mm Impeller with Vortex Control Notches
- Metal Reinforcements
- Frame with 120mm mouting holes
- 3 speed settings for full flexibility
- Smooth Commutation Drive 2
Noctua claims that the vortex control notches make the fan quieter at all speeds by reducing turbulence where the fan blade meets the air. The metal reinforcements help make the fan more durable and reduce vibrations for a quieter fan.
Thanks to the 120mm mounting holes, this fan can replace any 120mm fan, or it can be mounted to a 140mm mount with the supplied adaptors. The three speed settings are achieved by use of inline adaptors. Unfortunately this requires unplugging the power to the fan, and installing this adaptor between the fan and the power source, so on the fly switching isn’t too easy. The smooth commutation drive basically reduces vibrations of the motor that are inherent in the way brushless DC motors work. Finally, the SSO-bearing is a time testing technology that results in less bearing noise compared to sleeve or double ball bearings over the life of the fan.
Noctua packages the NF-P14 FLX in their typical box with white on the front and salmon color on the back. The front has a small window, which shows off the colors of the fan as well as the vortex control notches. Next to the window is a list of the features of the fan.
On the rear of the packaging shows the features with a small blurb explaining each one. There is also a paragraph on the fan itself, which basically says it is a very quiet running fan that is ideal for replacing 120mm CPU fans. This paragraph is written in seven different languages.
Upon opening the packaging, the user is greeted with a nicely laid out package. The fan is of course the main display here, but it is surrounded by the typically silicon mounts for vibration reduction. Above the fan, one can see the low noise adaptors as well as the other hardware included with the fan.