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Noctua Redux Fan Series Review

 

Noctua Redux SeriesA fleet of new fans from Noctua have recently been introduced abandoning the familiar warm brown and flesh tones for colder gray bodies, not to capitalize on the current “Walking Dead” nerd zombie craze but as an answer to public demand for alternate color styles. Similar to zombies, the new gray Noctua Redux fan series are based on older and some discontinued models now back in the world of the living utilizing some familiar Noctua technology employed in the previous generation of fans at 3/4 the price of the standard model.

Review Sample Provided by: Noctua
Product Name: Noctua Redux Fans
MSRP: see table below
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Noctua Redux Series

A total of thirteen fans are available from the Noctua Redux fan line with sizes ranging from 80mm to 140mm fans listed at the table below (review samples bolded):

Dimension (L x W X D mm) Name Connector Max RPM Acoustical Noise Airflow Static Pressure MSRP (USD)
140 x 140 x 25 NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM 4-pin PWM 1500  25.8 dB(A)  133.7 m³/h  1.91 mm H2O 19.90
140 x 140 x 25 NF-P14s redux-1200 PWM 4-pin PWM 1200  19.6 dB(A)  110.3 m³/h  1.29 mm H2O 19.90
140 x 140 x 25 NF-P14s redux-1200 3-pin 1200  19.6 dB(A)  110.3 m³/h  1.29 mm H2O 19.90
140 x 140 x 25 NF-P14s redux-900 3-pin 900  13.2 dB(A)  83.7 m³/h  0.77 mm H2O 19.90
140 x 140 x 25 (round frame) NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM 4-pin PWM 1500  25.8 dB(A)  133.7 m³/h  1.91 mm H2O 19.90
120 x 120 x 25 NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM 4-pin PWM 1200  18.1 dB(A)  100.6 m³/h  1.31 mm H2O 17.90
120 x 120 x 25 NF-S12B redux-1200 3-pin 1200  18.1 dB(A)  100.6 m³/h  1.31 mm H2O 17.90
120 x 120 x 25 NF-S12B redux-700 3-pin 700  6.8 dB(a)  56,9 m³/h  0.44 mm H2O 17.90
92 x 92 x 25 NF-B9 redux-1600 PWM 4-pin PWM 1600  17.6 dB(A)  64.3 m³/h  1.61 mm H2O 15.90
92 x 92 x 25 NF-B9 redux-1600 3-pin 1600  17.6 dB(A)  64.3 m³/h  1.61 mm H2O 15.90
80 x 80 x 25 NF-R8 redux-1800 PWM 4-pin PWM 1800  17.1 dB(A)  53.3 m³/h  1.41 mm H2O 14.90
80 x 80 x 25 NF-R8 redux-1800 3-pin 1800  17.1 dB(A)  53.3 m³/h  1.41 mm H2O 14.90
80 x 80 x 25 NF-R8 redux-1200 3-pin 1200  9.1 dB(A)  35.8 m³/h  0.67 mm H2O 14.90

While all 13 fans differ in feature set, they are all made using the same fibre-glass reinforced PBT material used as the standard Noctua fan. All the cabling on the redux series are sleeved as well with black connectors and a twice as long 40cm cable length. The redux fan series use the older self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing (SSO) version which has a weaker magnetic force for stabilization compared to the regular series fans, it is still however much quieter and longer lasting compared to double ball, rifle, sleeve bearing fans.

Sleeved Connector Noctua Redux Accessories

With the lower price, packaging is also a lot more modest and smaller compared to the standard fan series. Accessories include a 4-piece set of metal fan screws and nothing else. Extra accessories for this series can be purchased separately however including extension cables, y-cables and two new additions: NA-SAV2 anti-vibration mounts and NA-SRC7 4-pin low-noise adaptors.

NA-SAV2

The NA-SAV2 anti-vibration mounts are available in a box containing 20 pieces for support of up to 5 fans. These anti-vibration mounts use the standard Noctua brown color and can be used instead of metal screws for noise dampening and vibration-free fan operation. The NA-SAV2 mounts are double sided so they can be installed conveniently even in tight-spaced environments.

NA-SRC7 Adaptors

The NA-SRC7 adaptor on the other hand is the 4-pin version of the NA-SRC10 3-pin low-noise adaptor. These adaptors are compatible with a wide range of fans, not just Noctua’s although they are not to be used on powerful fans that draw more than 3W of power such as Noctua’s new Industrial PPC models. The step-down speed of the NA-SRC7 and NA-SRC10 adaptors on Noctua’s redux series can be seen on the table below:

4-pin PWM without adaptor (+/-10%) with NA-SRC7 (+/-10%)
NF-P14s redux-1500 PWM 1500 RPM 1000 RPM
NF-P14r redux-1500 PWM 1500 RPM 1000 RPM
NF-P14s redux-1200 PWM 1200 RPM 950 RPM
NF-S12B redux-1200 PWM 1200 RPM 1000 RPM
NF-B9 redux-1600 PWM 1600 RPM 1300 RPM
NF-B9 redux-1600 PWM 1600 RPM 1300 RPM

 

3-pin
without adaptor (+/-10%) with NA-SRC7 (+/-10%)
NF-P14s redux-1200 1200 RPM 850 RPM
NF-P14s redux-900 900 RPM 700 RPM
NF-S12B redux-1200 1200 RPM 900 RPM
NF-S12B redux-700 700 RPM 550 RPM
NF-B9 redux-1600 1600 RPM 1200 RPM
NF-R8 redux-1800 1800 RPM 1350 RPM
NF-R8 redux-1200 1200 RPM 1100 RPM
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