Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 fans – Test and Review

Noctua industrialPPC series is the latest fan series included in the company portfolio,  entirely made to provide industrial heavy duty application that require improved cooling performance and advanced ingress protection and at the same time to provide the ultimate cooling performance for regular and enthusiastic users.

So far I’ve already tested the smaller models included in the series, bearing the name Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 and Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM, which are entirely based on the very well known Noctua NF-F12 but offering some additional features. Now I believe it is time to pay some attention to the bigger brothers in the series – Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM, which are based on the NF-A14 model.

Noctua industrialPPC features:

  1. NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 – a 120 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 121,8 m³/h, static level pressure of  3,94 mm H2O, at noise level of 29,7 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 3-pin powered and regulated.
  2. NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM – a 120 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 121,8 m³/h, static level pressure of  3,94 mm H2O, at noise level of 29,7 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.
  3. NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 IP67 PWM – a 120 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 121,8 m³/h, static level pressure of  3,94 mm H2O, at noise level of 29,7 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP67 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.
  4. NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM – a 120 x 25mm model working at 3000 RPM, providing airflow level of 186,7 m³/h, static level pressure of  7.63 mm H2O, at noise level of 43.5 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.
  5. NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 – 140 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 182,5 m³/h, static level pressure of  4.18 mm H2O, at noise level of 31.5 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 3-pin powered and regulated.
  6. NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM – 140 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 182,5 m³/h, static level pressure of  4.18 mm H2O, at noise level of 31.5 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.
  7. NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 IP67 PWM – 140 x 25mm model working at 2000 RPM, providing airflow level of 182,5 m³/h, static level pressure of  4.18 mm H2O, at noise level of 31.5 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP67 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.
  8. NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM – 140 x 25mm model working at 3000 RPM, providing airflow level of 269.3 m³/h, static level pressure of  10.52 mm H2O, at noise level of 41.3 dB(A). The fan offers ingress Protection – IP52 and is 4-pin PWM powered and regulated.

For this test and review I received Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM, from which I actually expect even higher performance with bigger airflow level, while operating at lower noise levels in comparison to the smaller models.

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Both of the fans arrived to me for doing a test and review in the absolutely new but typical for the series, very simple and at the same time very stylish looking boxes, entirely made of rigid carton and again both painted in black and brown colours, forming the new typical for the Noctua industrialPPC series black / brown colour scheme.

Of course, on the front side of the boxes there are just the company logo accompanied by the model name, while the full technical specification regarding the products is located on the back of the packages on a white label.

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As with the other models, the boxes looks pretty nice,  clean and stylish but the fans look even better so let’s pay them some attention.

Both of the fans look absolutely identical and were placed in the middle of the boxes, again inside of cartoon beds, which are made to provide good protection for the fans and at the same time hide the additional accessories.

Now I believe it is time to check the fans’ structure.

 

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM STRUCTURE

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM are absolutely the same fans based on the classic Noctua NF-A14 model, which was released back in 2013. Both of the fans actually offer the same structure but with some major visual and performance improvements in comparison to the original Noctua NF-A14 model. And again, the only difference between both of them is actually the 4-pin PWM regulation for the second version.

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The fans themselves are made of the pretty typical components featuring frame, propeller and a bearing:

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First things first, so let’s check the frame structure…

A square 140 x 25 mm, painted in black matte, entirely made from fibre-glass reinforced polyamide frame, which is the typical material for the series made to withstand temperatures of up to 140°C and, which makes the fans even more rigid and break-proof than the original model. Each one of the frames feature the very well known AAO Frame technology, which offers integrated anti-vibration pads as well as Noctua’s proprietary Stepped Inlet Design and Inner Surface Microstructures, both of which additionally improve the fan’s performance and the noise efficiency.

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Apart from the frames, both of the fans offer the new entirely painted in black matte propellers, made of  fibre-glass reinforced polyamide and has 7 very wide and at the same time not very sharply angled blades and are carefully optimized to achieve the best possible performance and noise level balance.

The propellers themselves are equipped with flow acceleration channels which speed up the airflow at the crucial outer blade regions. This measure reduces suction side flow separation and thus leads to better efficiency and lower vortex noises when the air passes through the propellers.

As usual for the Noctua fans, the connection between the frames and the propellers is done by the typical for all of the series, Noctua’s SSO2 Bearing and offering the new three-phase motor, which features three-phase design with 6 slots, is made to provide smoother transitions between the slots and thus allows for even higher running smoothness, further reduced vibrations and much higher energy efficiency. With the new three-phase motor, the fans are made to provide 10% lower power consumption in comparison to other models from other brands at same revolutions per minute.

Of course, the power and the regulation of the fans is done, by a very long, entirely sleeved in black 3-pin cable and connector for Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and 4-pin PWM connector for Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM, which make the fans a very good choice for CPU cooling or boosting the airflow inside every modern case compatible with 140mm fans.

 

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

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Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM were provided to me with absolutely identical additional accessories packs featuring:

  1. One set of four installation screws  to attach the fans to a case fan slot
  2. 8 rubber pads, which should be attached to the corners of the fans for reducing the fan vibrations.

I believe the time has arrived to install the two fans on my test stand and check out how they will perform.

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM TESTS

The tests will be conducted in my standard way. I will install the fans and test them at 5V/7V/9V/12V and my goal will be to check the performance of the products in real conditions. They will be tested under close-to-perfect conditions, not taking into account any external factors. The results achieved during the test can in no way be the same if the models are mounted on a cooler or on the case fan hole of any modern computer case. I will measure the amount of air going through the fans for one hour and their speed. For this I use a fan controller, a voltage meter, an anemometer and a stand made specifically for this purpose.

And this is what the fans look like installed on my test stand:

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The test results are shown in the following charts:

Airflow through the fans at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V

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Propellers rpm during the tests at 5V, 7V, 9V, 12V.

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The anemometer showed the following air speed passing through the propellers:

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After mounting the fans onto the stand, and leaving them to rotate for about 60 minutes at maximum speed, it was time to do the tests.

As with my other tests, again I started with a gradual increase of the voltage through the Lamptron FCT starting at 0V and both of the fans made at least one stable revolution at about 8.5V. To do my tests I had to decrease the operation voltage back to 5V and check their performance.

Test at 5V:

At the first test, which was conducted at exactly 5V, Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 was rotating at 930 revolutions per minute and providing airflow level of 72 cubic metres per hour, while Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM was providing airflow level of 66.24 cubic metres per hour while rotating at 900 revolutions per minute. Both of the fans were absolutely quiet.

Test at 7V:

At the second test conducted at exactly 7V, Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 was rotating at 1245 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 96.48 cubic metres per hour, while Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM was providing 95.04 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1230 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans remained silent.

Test at 9V:

The third test conducted at 9V, showed that Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 was providing airflow level of 124.32 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1635 revolutions per minute. At the third test Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM was providing 122.4 cubic metres per hour, while rotating at 1620 revolutions per minute. At this test both of the fans started generating a tiny noise coming out of the air passing through the propellers.

Test at 12V:

At the last test conducted at 12V, both fans provided their maximum performance, which for Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 was airflow level of 161.28 cubic metres per hour at 2040 revolutions per minute, while for Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM  it was 155.04 cubic metres per hour, while rotating again at 2010 revolutions per minute. Both fans increased the noise and became a bit noisy.

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM CONCLUSIONS

1. Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM Performance:

A few weeks ago I had the chance to test and review the smaller models from the recently announced Noctua industrialPPC series, which really impressed me with the build quality and the overall performance / noise level balance. Now, after I’ve tested the bigger brothers included in the series all I can say is: Outstanding job, Noctua, with the new industrialPPC series!

All models offers a really high tech structure, featuring a lot of innovative and very effective technologies, entirely made to provide the optimal cooling performance / noise level / quality and long life span balance of course guaranteed by the 6 years warranty.

The fans themselves can be a really good choice to be used as case fans for boosting the overall airflow inside every modern case offering 140mm fans slots and at the same time they can be the main cooling unit for a CPU cooler heat sink suitable to be used with 140mm fans installed on a processor working at default, overclocked or even extremely overclocked frequencies.

In all cases the fans will be very efficient, very quiet and will provide a lot of options for every user to use their hardware in the way they like it and in the way which satisfies their needs.

2. Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM Appearance:

As always, I am not really a big fan of the typical Noctua’s colour scheme, but the new black/brown colour scheme is somehow much more suitable for all modern cases, which offer entirely painted in black interior. Apart from that the fans could be a very good base for modding projects using the same colour scheme or feature wood as main material

I think Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM deserve the following reward:

 

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Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 and industrialPPC-2000 PWM have been added to the 140mm fans catalogue.

Official price (MSRP): Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000:   unknown

Official price (MSRP): Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM:   unknown

Warranty: 72 months

 

I thank Noctua for the test sample.

Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 fans – Test and Review
8.6 Total Score
Both models offers very nice performance/ appearance/ compatibility/ noise level / dust and water protection

Performance
10
Noise Level
10
Additional accessories
3
Appearance
10
User Rating: 4.4 (4 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
4 Comments
  1. Reply Dimcho 23.09.2014 at 9:17

    I’ve always loved the bunch of accessories, included in almost all Noctua’s products and the long warranty, and last but not least – the low level of noise. This is what a great fan should be. Great review again 🙂

  2. Reply Dark 22.09.2014 at 12:13

    Nice review and good info for one of the best fans.
    Yeah the price is high, but these fans are with brutal long life, that’s why they cost so much money.

  3. Reply Stuen4y 22.09.2014 at 11:45

    Great job again. Thank you for confirming what we expected about the IndustrialPPC fans by Noctua. Sadly their price at this point is just a bit too much for most of the normal users.

    • Reply Dk_vr 22.09.2014 at 11:49

      Well yes! I can confirm the same thing.
      The fans are amazing but too expensive 🙁 but after all their main purpose is the industrial usage and for that it is required a high quality, which costs money 🙂

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