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Noctua Straight-Blade-Design
Current silent fans frequently employ conventional blade geometries, which were developed for higher speed ranges and significantly lose efficiency at lower rotation speeds. The Noctua Straight-Blade-Design of the NF-S12 series was developed by the Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV) and specifically tailored to 120mm fans with extremely low rotation speeds. The result is a performance improvement of up to 10% and more compared to conventional blade geometries.

    The Straight-Blade-Design of the NF-S12 series provides the maximum efficiency of a straight fan blade without the drawback of higher noise emission, which arises when straight blades are used at higher rotation speeds. At the low rotation speeds of the NF-S series, the Noctua Straight-Blade-Design achieves a significantly higher flow rate than forward or backward swept blade designs. Furthermore, among other measures to prevent vortices like the rounded rotor hub, the distance between rotor and stator (tip clearance) was increased in order to reduce the problem of tip vortices which plays an important part in the noise emission of axial fans. With its fan blade exactly tailored to ultra low noise application, the NF-S12 series is significantly more quiet than other high end silent fans.

    Mag. Manfred Stadler MBA of the Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV) about the development of the Noctua Straight-Blade and Raised-Blade-Designs:

    "In the area of PC cooling, the last years saw a growing demand for axial fans with the lowest possible noise emission, which manufacturers mostly met by simply reducing the RPM of existing models without sufficiently adapting the blade geometry and profile to the modified fluid dynamic parameters. The comparison of measured data and simulation outputs showed that the result was an average deficit of efficiency of 10-15%. The complete redevelopment of the blade geometry and profile was carried out with exact fluid mechanical adjustment to minimal noise emission in a speed range of 400-1800RPM at a height of 25mm and a radius of 40 and 60mm. Both fan blades possess 8-12% more flow rate than comparable products at the same total noise emission and static pressure." (Mag. Manfred Stadler MBA, Austrian Institute for Heat-Transmission and Fan Technology (Österreichisches Institut für Wärmeübertragung und Ventilatorentechnik, ÖIWV))


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30.07.2014 - HiTechLegion.com NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000
Test verdict: "While the Redux holds to the high established standards set by Noctua, the PPC series sets new ones. Both series come with the highest recommendation and are recipients of Hi Tech Legion’s Editor’s Choice Award." (George Cella, HiTechLegion.com)
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29.07.2014 - ActualidadHardware.com NH-D15
Test verdict: "En definitiva, el NOCTUA NH-D15 es un gran disipador de gama alta con un rendimiento excelente." (Jose Maria Martinez Perdigones, ActualidadHardware.com)
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27.07.2014 - Vortez.net NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
Test verdict: "Noctua has taken their game to a whole new level by introducing a superb product which is packed full of value. After our findings we are pleased to hand out our Elite Award." (Ed Hume, Vortez.net)
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26.07.2014 - BestPCInfo.pl NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM
Test verdict: "Noctua industrialPPC czy redux? Według mnie wszystko zależy od osobistych preferencji. Z jednej bowiem strony seria redux jest zauważalnie tańsza i w teorii nastawiona na lepszą kulturą pracy. Z drugiej strony “śmigła” z serii industrialPPC oferują ciekawszy design oraz dużo wyższą wydajność. Cóż, niech każdy sam zadecyduje co woli ;) Obie serie zasługują na pewno na miano 100% Quality" (Łukasz Talkowski, BestPCInfo.pl)
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