Exclusive Interview with Noctua's Jakob Dellinger

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅17-12-08
Today we have an exclusive interview with Jakob Dellinger of Noctua. In this short interview we delve into Noctuaís prospects for the New Year (2009) and discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Noctua are an Austrian based firm notorious for their excellent cooling solutions. They are a multi-award winning company and have taken the market by storm in the past 3 years introducing some of the best CPU coolers and fans available to the enthusiast. www.noctua.at

[Vortez]: Can you please introduce yourself and tell us what your role at Noctua is?

[JD]: Hi there, my name is Jakob Dellinger and Iím Noctuaís press and PR manager.

[Vortez]: How long have you been at Noctua?

[JD]: Iíve been at Noctua right from the start back in 2005.

[Vortez]: Outside of Noctua, what do you get up to in your spare time? What are your hobbies etc?

[JD]: Well, first and foremost, Iím very much interested in philosophy and I hope to start my PhD sometime next year. Secondly, I love doing sports, especially mountain biking and football.

[Vortez]: You have mentioned that you are the press and PR manager for Noctua, what does this role involve and what are your responsibilities?

[JD]: Firstly, Iím handling the relations with hardware websites and magazines, so Iím organising product reviews, writing press releases, etc. Working with journalists is much more than simply getting press coverage for us though. We carefully analyze test results, articles, feedback and user comments in order to keep improving our products, so itís also one of my key responsibilities to channel all this information into our development process.

[Vortez]: As the year draws to a close and we enter 2009 are you pleased with what Noctua has accomplished this year?

[JD]: Yes, very much so. Weíve received excellent feedback on our new products, both from customers and journalists, and Iím confident in saying that weíve strengthened our position as one of the leading providers of premium quality quiet components. In fact, our products got more than 300 awards and recommendations in the course of the year and the number of avid Noctua users keeps growing and growing. I might also add that weíve successfully ventured into the market of silent server cooling and established some very interesting cooperations like the recently announced partnership with LaCie.

[Vortez]: What should we expect from Noctua in 2009? Is there anything you can reveal to us?

[JD]: Hehe, I saw that one coming (laughs)! Well, Iíve always got to be fairly tight-lipped in this regard, but I can confirm that we plan to introduce an update to our highly popular NF-S12 fan series in Q1. I think this is going to be pretty exciting for silent enthusiasts. We also aim to expand our fan line-up with a completely new model thatís probably going to be a very interesting choice for CPU cooling. Canít say much more right now, but speaking of CPU cooling, thereíll also be new cooler models of course, so stay tuned for more Core i7 support!

[Vortez]: The GPU market is an ever changing sector, there arenít very many brands for after-market coolers. Have you considered moving into this field?

[JD]: Yes, weíve got several projects in this regard and I hope that weíll be able enter the final stages in the course of the next year. As youíve said though, the GPU market isnít easy, many users donít want to void their warranty by using after-market coolers, the variety of card designs is huge and changing pretty fast, so there are quite a few difficulties to face. Weíre getting lots of user requests for a Noctua GPU cooler, but we really want to stick to our policy of not releasing anything thatís not 100% up to our high standards. I hope that weíll be able to get something going next year though.

[Vortez]: Out of all the products you have released, which one is your favourite and why?

[JD]: Hm, thatís a good question. I think Iíd probably choose the NH-U12P CPU cooler. Our customers love this cooler because they get a premium quality heatsink, a premium quality fan and premium quality thermal compound in one package and Iíd say thatís a very good example of our philosophy of providing great attention to detail and thoroughgoing quality throughout the whole product. Of course, the same would be true for coolers like the NH-C12P or NH-U9B as well, but the NH-U12P was the first to be bundled with our NT-H1 thermal compound and the NF-P12 120mm fan.

[Vortez]: Well itís been a pleasure talking with you Jakob, thanks for your time. Iíd like to wish you and your family a happy holiday and New Year.

[JD]: Thanks, itís been my pleasure. Happy holidays and New Year to you, your family and all your readers!