The beige-and-brown look of Noctua fans has been as much a trademark for the company as the top-tier cooling they provide. But now, Noctua is shrugging off that legacy, at least in part, with a series of new all-black coolers. And when we say all black, we mean all black.
The beige-brown-aluminum look of Noctua fans is akin to those bug-catcher scoops on muscle cars. For many, it’s a sign of uncompromising peformance. For others, though, it’s an eyesore and a compromise; a necessary aesthetic interruption to carefully-planned color coordination.
Noctua has heard builders, though. First shown at Computex 2019, the company is preparing to release all-black versions of the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-L9i coolers. Also in the wings are black versions of the NF-A20, NF-A9, NF-A9x14 and NF-A8 fans. That includes the cooling element itself, right down the to plate that interfaces directly with the CPU. Even better, Noctua says that the stealth look isn’t a compromise unless you’re going for the air-cooling world record. The company is aiming for a less-than-one-degree difference in cooling performance.
Noctua hasn’t dropped pricing on these yet, but these black coolers, dubbed the ‘Chromax’ line, are set to drop in the last quarter of 2019. We’re expecting them to be around the price of the current line. If you love the old-school beige look—or don’t have a case window that makes this a concern—don’t worry; it’s not going anywhere. The rest of us, however, have a new set of great-looking coolers to anticipate this fall.