Noctua: not only new heat sinks, a new product will also arrive

Noctua: not only new heat sinks, a new product will also arrive


Noctua's recently unveiled roadmap indicates that the company is working on cooling systems for Intel processors using the LGA4189 package. Given the company's business, at least some of these products are likely to target Intel Ice Lake-SP CPU-based workstations. The roadmap does not reveal any specifics of the devices, but it does indicate that they will hit the market by the third quarter of this year. Also, the slide does not reveal how many Noctua models it plans to introduce over the next few months.

At the moment, only 3rd generation Intel Xeon Scalable 'Ice Lake-SP' and 'Cooper Lake' CPUs use such form factor. However, as the latter are only available to select customers, Noctua's cooling system for the LGA4189 processors will primarily target early chips that can be used on both servers and workstations. However, it remains to be seen whether Intel will decide to offer special versions of its Ice Lake-SP on high-end (HEDT) desktops.

Noctua is certainly not the first to make enterprise-grade CPU coolers. including AMD's EPYC and Ryzen Threadripper, Intel's Xeon Scalable, and even Intel Xeon Phi. None of Noctua's server and workstation coolers are designed for rack servers (where most EPYCs and Xeons are used); instead, they are intended for desktop workstations. That said, it appears that the company is working on at least one product for desktop systems with CPUs that can be installed on LGA4189 sockets and it is not excluded that the company will also target rack servers.

Another surprising addition to the roadmap is a table fan, scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. A quiet but efficient product of this kind would be very useful in the summer and Noctua fans would probably appreciate a device with the classic color scheme that has always characterized the company's fans.

Noctua's first fanless cooler , NH-P1, is already available on Amazon!

Noctua Launches NH-P1 Passive CPU Cooler and LS-PWM Fan for Semi-fanless Systems

Noctua today released its much anticipated NH-P1 CPU cooler as well as the optional NF-A12x25 LS-PWM 120 mm fan. Custom-designed for fanless operation from the ground up, the NH-P1 is capable of cooling modern high-end CPUs with low to moderate heat dissipation completely passively in enclosures with good natural convection. For further enhanced performance or semi-passive setups that only spin up their fans when necessary, the NH-P1 can be outfitted with a low-speed, ultra-quiet 120 mm fan such as the new NF-A12x25 LS-PWM.

“The NH-P1 is our very first passive cooler, and it should be easy to see that we didn’t just take a regular heatsink and omit the fan”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “A lot of engineering work went into designing this unit for fanless operation from the ground up and we’re truly proud of the end result. In our completely fanless demo system, the NH-P1 cools an Intel Core i9-11900K running Prime95 at more than 3.60 GHz – this is a lot of processing power and a whopping 125 W kept in check with zero fan noise!”

The NH-P1 isn’t just a regular heatsink without a fan: featuring much thicker, much more widely spaced fins, it achieves both the mass and the minimal airflow resistance that are required in order to excel in natural convection cooling. In fully optimised fanless systems, the NH-P1 is capable of cooling high-end CPUs with low to moderate heat dissipation using natural convection only (see setup guidelines and CPU compatibility list). This makes it ideal for powerful builds that have no moving parts and run absolutely silent. Topped off with the new, Torx-based SecuFirm2+ mounting system, Noctua’s award-winning NT-H2 thermal compound and a 6-year manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-P1 is the ideal cornerstone for premium-grade fanless or semi-passive builds.

“While we’re very excited about the possibilities that the NH-P1 opens up, we also need to stress that building a passively cooled system is not as straightforward as building a regular system. For optimal results, components must be selected more carefully, and certain principles should be respected”, Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO) explains. “Therefore, we offer detailed setup guidelines, a build guide video tutorial, a list of recommended cases as well as an extensive CPU compatibility list that will help customers to get the best possible results.”

In addition to the NH-P1, Noctua released the optional NF-A12x25 LS-PWM 120 mm fan, a low-speed, PWM-enabled variant of the award-winning NF-A12x25 that is ideal for enhancing the performance of the NH-P1 in semi-passive systems. At a maximum noise level of only 12.1 dBA, the NF-A12x25 LS-PWM is nearly inaudible but will still significantly boost the performance headroom of the cooler. As the fan stops at 0% PWM, it can easily be set up for semi-passive operation so that it will only spin up when necessary. This way, the system will work fanless most of the time but still provide the flexibility to make better use of the turbo modes of more powerful CPUs that require some extra airflow to be cooled adequately under full load conditions.

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