Noctua Redux Review

Once again, Noctua, a prestigious manufacturer in the refrigeration area, brings us its Redux line of fans, a series of high performance fans but with a more affordable price for all types of users. The new Redux line has a series of modifications in its presentation, breaking with the characteristic colors of the brand.

The Redux series of fans combines the color grey as a new element, making it much easier for these fans to combine with most systems, on the other hand, not so many extras are added as cables and adapters to reduce costs and reach a more competitive price. It still maintains the same quality of its predecessor previously evaluated here in the NF-A series.

The models to be reviewed are the following:

NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM
NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM
NF-P14s redux-900
NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM
NF-P12 redux-900
NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM
NF-S12B redux-700
NF-B9 redux-1600 PWM
NF-R8 redux-1800 PWM

Noctua has taken the opportunity to update its line of fans with two new series called Redux and Industrial PPC are called to cover the needs of the consumer by offering a large number of options in different measures.

We would like to thank Noctua for trusting us with these products for the respective review.

Applied Technologies

Let’s review the main technologies and features included in the new Noctua Redux fans.

Simplified redux edition

The redux product line updates some of Noctua’s most popular and award-winning models by presenting them in affordable packages. All redux edition products are time-tested models, establishing Noctua as one of the best suppliers of quality silent cooling equipment.

Outperforming the award-winning NF-P14

The NF-P14 fan has become the quintessential choice among PC enthusiasts looking for high quality 140mm silent fans. Thanks to its deep aerodynamic optimization, the NF-P14 provides higher static pressure and even better airflow to noise ratio than its acclaimed predecessor.

Nine-blade pressure-optimized design

Designed specifically for high-impedance applications such as CPU coolers, liquid-cooled radiators or enclosures with narrow fan grills, the NF-P12’s nine-blade rotor provides amazing pressure and airflow efficiency.

Vortex-Control Notches

The Vortex-Control Notches, Noctua’s trademark, divide the vortices at the ends of the shafts and thus extend the sound emission of the fan over a wider frequency range. This measure makes the fan sound more pleasing to the human ear.

Customisable in colour thanks to NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration panels Customizable in color thanks to the NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration panels The fan frame can be combined with the NA-SAVP1 anti-vibration panels from Noctua’s chromax line. Available in black, red, blue, white, green and yellow, these panels not only dampen any vibration, but also allow the fan to match colours to popular patterns.

Bevelled blade ends

By reducing the critical interaction between rotor and stator, the bevelled blade ends of the NF-S12B and NF-B9 allow a combination of a larger blade surface and quieter operation, thus becoming the cornerstone of the fan’s remarkable efficiency.

SSO2 bearings

The NF-A14 is equipped with Noctua’s renowned second-generation SSO optimized bearings. With the SSO2, the rear magnet is positioned closer to the shaft to provide greater stability, precision and durability.

Proprietary PWM IC with SCD (Soft Switching Unit)

With full support for automatic PWM speed control, the NF-A14 PWM uses Noctua’s new NE-FD1 PWM IC design that integrates with Smooth Commutation Drive (SCD) technology. By providing smoother torque pulses, the SCD reduces PWM switching noise and makes the fan run more quietly at low speeds.

6-year manufacturer’s warranty

Noctua’s fans are known for their impeccable quality and long life. Like all Noctua fans, the redux edition models have an average time between failure of more than 150,000 hours and a full 6-year manufacturer’s warranty.

We have the presentation of 3 fans of 140mm, it is the REDUX series, NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM, NF-P14s redux-900, NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM. The packaging is simple and very different from the Noctua NF-A14 is not so ostentatious but effective and safe with a two-color design, brand name logo and product models.

In a single shot you can see more detail, the packaging is made of strong cardboard. It can be seen that apart from the model it also specifies the speed of the fan.

We also have the models 120mm, Redux NF-S12B-1200 PWM and NF-P12-1700 PWM. They are the most known and favorite by the enthusiasts due to their performance and possibility of customization being PWM models.

The 120mm Redux models: NF-S12B-700 and NF-P12-900 are presentations for users more sensitive to noise, so these products have a rotation speed of 700 rpm and 900 rpm respectively.

Solutions for reduced spaces of 80mm and 92mm cannot be missing, these are the Redux models NF-R8-1800 PWM and NF-B9-1600 PWM.

Pruebas de Rendimiento

En las pruebas armamos nuestro Core i9 9900K junto al Cooler Noctua NH-U12A en un mismo gabinete fuimos probando cada uno de los ventiladores, para ello configuramos la misma frecuencia y el mismo voltaje 5 GHz con 1.35v.

El NF-P14r-1500 PWM y el NF-P14s-1500 PWM obtienen los mejores resultados siendo de 140 mm mientras que el NF-P14s-900 se queda un poco, siendo superado por el NF-P12-1700 PWM y ligeramente por el NF-S12B-1200 PWM. Los modelos NF-R8 y NF-B9 no quedan tan lejos a pesar de su tamaño de 80 mm y 92 mm gracias a velocidad de giro y caudal de aire.

A nivel general se nota que todos estos ventiladores están optimizados para rendir al máximo dadas las diferencias razonable que existen en los resultados.

Final Words

Noctua has taken an important step in terms of design and aesthetics with the Redux series of fans, breaking with the light brown colour characteristic for so many years. Updating to new trends in their colours and offering a relatively more accessible price than their predecessors without including so many extras in accessories to reach the market with a more competitive price.

In the tests carried out we found a high performance in each of these fans as we are used to Noctua, maintaining a very low noise level in their products and providing a high performance in air flow and static pressure in all presentations evaluated, both in 140 / 120 / 92 /80 mm. A range of options offered by the manufacturer with these products as we find speeds ranging from 700 rpm to 1800 rpm in various measures leaving the final consumer the decision of which product to choose.

The lack of RGB in these fans can be some inconvenience for those users who love RGB lights, a valid option with a variety of colors is the Chromax line to customize and add colors to these fans.

It is remarkable the 6 years warranty that Noctua offers on its fans, synonymous with quality and reliability. Considering the technologies and performance that we observe in these products, the team at Máxima Review recommends these products.

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