Noctua industrialPPC Series Review

👤by Ed Hume Comments 📅26-07-14

Product on Review: industrialPPC
Manufacturer & Sponsor: Noctua
Street Price: £20-25 GBP / $30-32 USD

At the time Noctua announced its redux fans and accessory kits, they also introduced a series of industrial “Protected Performance Cooling” fans. These are “ruggedised high-speed versions” of two of their most promising fans – the 120mm NF-F12 and the 140mm NF-A14. More than merely ruggedized and sped-up, these fans have undergone a change to charcoal black impellers and frames. And in keeping with the industrial nature of these fans, they have gone from four-magnet motors to six magnets apiece. As a result, these fans draw very little current for all their push, so they should suit industrial applications, where current draw figures into the total cost of ownership. If these improvements just so happen to make these fans perfect for mounting on radiators, so much the better.

Noctua has these things to say about their industrialPPC fans:
Thanks to their elevated top speed, the industrialPPC fans provide a significant performance boost over the retail versions. Combined with the industrialPPC series’ robust polyamide construction and advanced protection features, this makes the fans ideal for challenging industrial applications.

While most axial fans use single-phase motors with 4 slots, Noctua’s industrialPPC fans feature a three-phase design with 6 slots, which provides smoother transitions between the slots and thus allows for even higher running smoothness, further reduced vibrations and unprecedented energy efficiency.

Both the impeller and the frame of Noctua’s industrialPPC fans are made entirely from fibre-glass reinforced polyamide. This material can withstand temperatures up to 140°C and makes the fans even more robust and break-proof than Noctua’s standard fibre-glass reinforced PBT fans.

Thanks to a special varnish coating that covers the motor and PCB, the industrialPPC complies with the ingress protection rating IP52. This means that it is not only highly dust resistant but also withstands dripping water equivalent to 3mm rainfall per minute.

The motor and PCB of the IP67 version are completely cast in a special, highly heat conductive resin that combines thoroughgoing protection and effective motor heat dissipation. Complying with the ingress protection rating IP67, this fan is not only fully dust tight but also completely waterproof up to 1m water depth.

About Noctua
Noctua is a “cooperation” of the Austrian firm Rascom Computerdistribution with the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation. According to information in Wikipedia (take this with a grain of salt), Noctua is a company, a joint venture between Rascom and Kolink. Whatever the legal niceties, Noctua has been delighting computer enthusiasts since 2005 with their high quality products.

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