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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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20.10.2014 - TechTesters NH-L12
Test verdict: "De NH-L12 is net als z’n broertjes en zusjes bedoeld is als een product voor echte liefhebbers die graag iets meer uitgeven om net die beetje extra prestaties te halen, of die de typische Noctua-ervaring reeds waarderen, en met dat in het achterhoofd doet de NH-L12 het zoals verwacht uitstekend." (Stephan Overbeeke, TechTesters)
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20.10.2014 - videotesty.pl NF-A8 PWM
Test verdict: "Dla bardziej wymagających użytkowników polecam zainteresować się tą serią." (Paweł Borysewicz, videotesty.pl)
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19.10.2014 - InsideGeeks.net NF-A4x10 5V
Test verdict: "Devido a tudo isto a Noctua NF-A4x10 5V é um produto recomendado pelo InsideGeeks!" (Nuno Ferreira, InsideGeeks.net)
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19.10.2014 - bcchardware.com NH-D15
Test verdict: "True to Noctua form, the NH-D15 is virtually silent - and the volume level is even quiet managable at 100% fan speed (~1500rpm). The cooling performance of this monster actually bests all but two of the liquid cooling systems and every other heatsink we tested." (Benjamin Heide, bcchardware.com)
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