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Noctua NE-FD1 PWM IC

Noctua’s custom-designed NE-FD1 is a next-generation PWM fan driver IC that integrates Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology for quieter operation and allows for ultra-low power consumption. Its superb linearity and security features such as locked rotor or reverse voltage protection make it an ideal driver IC for premium-class PWM fans.

PWM Output Signals Compared


Most conventional PWM fan driver ICs put out square signals that cause sudden torque impulses. These impulses can cause minute deformations of the entire fan structure which lead to audible “clicking” noises that are especially noticeable with many common PWM fans running at slower speeds. Adopting Noctua’s Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology, the custom designed NE-FD1 PWM IC slows down the slew rate of the output signal in order to give a smoother, less sudden torque impulse. This way, PWM switching noises can be effectively suppressed and the fan runs even quieter, especially at low speeds.

Noctua’s NE-FD1 IC was not only fine-tuned for superior quietness, it has also been carefully optimised to allow for ultra-low power consumption. For example, the NE-FD1 based PWM version of the award-winning NF-R8, NF-B9 and NF-P12 fans consume 25-40% less power than their non-PWM counterparts. The NF-F12 120mm fan featuring the NE-FD1 IC draws only 0.6W, which is more than 50% less than many fans in the same speed range. This doesn’t only make it eco-friendly but also cuts down the electricity bill: Compared to a typical 2W fan, this allows you to save about half the price of the NF-F12 after 5 years of continuous use.


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23.07.2014 - The Mod Zoo NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM
Test verdict: "I give the Noctua Redux and InustrialPPC fan lines five golden nanners for fantastic quality, renowned design and giving the nod to enthusiasts with appealing colors!" (Bill Owen, The Mod Zoo)
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23.07.2014 - ReviewTech.co.uk NH-D15
Test verdict: "The Noctua NH-D15 is an excellent, if not the best product currently available in the air cooling category" (Andrew James, ReviewTech.co.uk)
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21.07.2014 - RealHardTechX.com NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM
Test verdict: "En definitiva, un producto absolutamente recomendado." (José Romero, RealHardTechX.com)
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21.07.2014 - bcchardware.com NH-U12S
Test verdict: "Noctua has set the bar pretty high for themselves, and like usual, they've been able to live up to their legacy with the NH-U14S and NH-U12S CPU coolers." (Jason Schneider, bcchardware.com)
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