Back in May 2014, we were ecstatic when Noctua announced the launch of the Redux and IndustrialPPC line of fans. Aside from performance tweaks, the Austrian manufacturer also changed the colours from the traditional beige and brown to grey for the Redux and black for the IndustrialPPC, something everyone has been looking forward to ever since god-knows-when.
- NF-A14 iPPC-2000 – RM 99
- NF-A14-iPPC-2000 IP67 – RM 119
- NF-A14 iPPC-2000 PWM – RM 99
- NF-A14 iPPC-3000 PWM – RM 99
- NF-F12-iPPC-2000 – RM 89
- NF-F12-iPPC-2000 IP67 – RM 99
- NF-F12-iPPC-2000 PWM – RM 99
- NF-F12-iPPC-3000 PWM – RM 99
- NF-B9 redux 1600 PWM – RM 55
- NF-P14r redux 1500 PWM – RM 69
- NF-P14s redux-1200 PWM – RM 69
- NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM – RM 69
- NF-R8 redux 1800 PWM – RM 50
- NF-S12B redux 1200 PWM – RM 65
Noctua NF-S12B Redux-1200 PWM
Noctua NF-P14s Redux-1500 PWM
Noctua NF-P14r Redux-1500 PWM
Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC
Noctua NF-F14 IndustrialPPC
Test Bench Configuration
Deepcool Gamer Storm Lucifer / Cooler Master Nepton 240M
Intel Core i7 4770K (Stock)
ASUS Radeon R9 280X DirectCU II
Corsair Vengeance Pro 4GB x 2
Primary Hard Drive
Intel 520 Series 240GB
SilverStone Strider Plus 600W
Corsair Carbide Series 300R
We ran few test with the above configuration where each fan takes on a different role and the result is recorded and the final result is presented in the graphs as below.
All 140mm Noctua fans works great on the DeepCool Gamer Storm Lucifer, with IndustrialPPC models taking the lead by chipping off that extra 2°C to 4°C. The Redux models did a pretty good job for that is on par with the stock fan.
CPU Cooler (120mm fans)
120mm wise, the IndustrialPPC model again takes the lead with the 3000RPM model for chipping off the extra 3°C from the result of the stock Silencio FP 120 fans. As for the Redux model, the NF-S12B is able to maintain the temperature well but there’s a rise of 3°C compared to the result of the stock Silencio FP 120 fans.
With ambient room temperature of 30°C, we started off by building up the heat inside our system and 40°C is the highest achievable temperature without any intake fan to feed the system components with fresh air.
Among the fans tested, both Noctua NF-A14 3000RPM and 2000RPM model takes the leads with the lowest temperature of 30°C. Following by the other Noctua fans that is able to maintain the chassis temperature around 32°C and 33°C.
120mm fans were also tested under the same environment as well with ambient room temperature of 30°C and same heat build up to 40°C without any intake fan to feed the system components with fresh air.
The Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 3000RPM model produces the highest amount of air, thus being the clear winner in its category. In 2nd place, the 2000RPM model performs on par with the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15, following by the NF-S12B and Cooler Master Silencio FP120 taking the 3rd place.
Fan Noise Level (140mm fans)
When it comes to noise comparison, the Noctua fans doesn’t seems to be as silent as the others with the noise level presented in numbers. It’s still barely audible from a distance, so there’s not much to worried about – expect for the IndustrialPPC fans, they’re made for industrial purposes anyway.
Fan Noise Level (120mm fans)
Same for the 120mm category, our Noctua IndustrialPPC fans is measured as the noisiest fans around. The NF-S12B Redux is doing fairly well, but the it’s still nowhere to compare with the silent experts from be quiet! with a near silent operation of 48db.
When it comes to price, we all know that Noctua fans doesn’t comes cheap, same goes to both Redux and IndustrialPPC. But come to think of it when you’re actually paying for some quality fans that will last long enough and able to deliver performance that is few times better than the mainstream cooling fans, it’s total a worthy investment that will never goes wrong.
- Outstanding performance
- Solid build quality
- Better color scheme
- 6 Year Warranty
- IndustrialPPC models are extremely noise at full speed
- IndustrialPPC models comes with the same 6 year warranty even though it’s made for industrial purposes