Noctua Redux and IndustrialPPC Fans


Noctua is a component company that should need little introduction to most PC enthusiasts. Purveyors of some of the best fans and after-market CPU cooling options on the market, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t tried to brainstorm dozens of ways to fit Noctua fans into future mods without major color clash. The tan/brown combo that all PC enthusiasts know to be Noctua offers a challenge; to have the fans blend into the build you must use colors that most modders run away from or you paint your fans. Painting fans, while doable, is an option most choose to avoid. This leaves you with either a brown-friendly accented build or throwing aesthetics in the wind to use highly reputable Noctua fans.

Back at CES 2013, Noctua announced it would be releasing a Redux line in two-tone grey and a rugged industrial line in black. Noctua was gracious enough to send us five sample fans to review as well as a pack of rubber fan mounts. Here are the fans they sent:

From the IndustrialPPC line:

  • NF-F12 3000PWM
  • NF-A14 3000PWM

Link to Noctua’s IndustrialPPC page with 120mm and 140mm fan selections

From the Redux line:

  • NF-S12B 1200 PWM
  • NF-P14S 1500 PWM
  • NF-P14R 1500 PWM

Link to Noctua’s Redux page with 80mm, 92mm, 120mm and 140mm fan selections

This will primarily be a cosmetic review as the mad munky scientists are still evolving to the point of creating a full operational fan tester—rest assured, they will—at which point these bad boys will get put through their paces.


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9 thoughts on “Noctua Redux and IndustrialPPC Fans

  1. A fan and some screws in a box….at that price?!? They better blow everything else, not only clean out of the water, more like straight into the next state, to deserve 5 bright&ripe bananas! IMHO (lol)
    Kudos to Noctua tho for finally daring to go beyond their trusted design! (wich, if we are to be honest about it, may not have appealed to everyone, but certainly also has lots of fans (see what i did there). Design as well as pure performance has served Noctua extremely well for so many years.

  2. Pricing isn’t bad considering the defacto GT AP fans were going for as much or more.  IF these perform anything like the old GT AP fans, then it’s a no-brainer.

  3. I’ve acquired a pair of the NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000RPM IP67 PWM’s for my Mothball rehash, we’ll see how they fair on the new ***** AIO (it’s a secret lol).

  4. wanting to try these out from when i heard about them. I have just the perfect case build for them…Good solid review Stu a tonne of work.. cheers for the rundown…

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