Noctua’s NA-IS1 Inlet Spacers & NA-SAVG2 Gasket Offer Improved Airflow For Fans!

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Noctua has announced the launch of its new NA-IS1 intake side spacer frames for suction or “pull” type applications where fans draw air through obstacles such as grills, perforated plates, mesh panels, filters or radiators. By offsetting the fan from the obstacle, the NA-IS1 can significantly reduce influx turbulences and thereby help to improve both acoustics and performance. In addition, Noctua also introduced the NA-SAVG2 anti-vibration gasket set for using 140 mm fans on water cooling radiators or other applications that benefit from a tighter seal with the fan.

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Noctua NA-IS1 Inlet Spacers & NA-SAVG2 Gasket Set

Introducing a 5mm offset between the fan and the obstacle, the NA-IS1 spacers can reduce influx turbulences significantly, which not only improves acoustics but also helps fans to operate more efficiently from an airflow performance point of view because the fan blades are less hampered by turbulence. In many suction-type applications, using inlet spacers can therefore enable fans to achieve higher flow rates and lower noise emissions at the same time.

For example, in controlled testing on a perforated panel with a typical circular hole pattern, the tested 140 and 120mm fans showed an average reduction in noise levels of around 2dB(A) and an average increase in flow rate of around 4.4m³/h. While the results will vary between different fan models and applications depending on factors such as the exact shape and structure of the obstacle, fan speed and flow resistance, the improvements are significant in most cases.

Available in 14 cm (NA-IS1-14 Sx2) and 12 cm (NA-IS1-12 Sx2) sizes, the NA-IS1 are compatible with all current square-frame Noctua 120x25mm and 140x25mm models. Designed to replace the fans’ stock NA-AVP1 anti-vibration pads, the spacer frames are extremely straightforward to install: For case fan applications, either the supplied self-tapping screws or the included NA-AV3 anti-vibration mounts can be used to sandwich the spacer between the fan and the case panel. For radiator mounting, both M3 and UNC 6-32 screws are supplied. Each set includes two spacer frames plus the matching anti-vibration mounts, fan screws and radiator screws.

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In sum, the NA-IS1 inlet spacers are a simple yet highly effective fine-tuning measure for suction-type applications where a reduction of influx turbulence can lead to improved airflow and acoustics. The chromax.black variants are a perfect match for black chromax or industrialPPC line fans.

In addition to the NA-IS1 inlet spacers, Noctua also introduced the new NA-AVG2 anti-vibration gasket for using 140 mm fans on water cooling radiators or other applications that benefit from a tighter seal with the fan. Like the NA-AVG1 for 120 mm fans, the NA-AVG2 is made from extra soft yet highly tear-proof silicone rubber and helps to dampen minute vibrations as well as to reduce air loss between the fan and the radiator. As such, it is an ideal accessory for performance enthusiasts who want to squeeze out those extra few per cent of cooling efficiency. The NA-SAVG2 set contains three NA-AVG2 gaskets.

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Where Can I Learn More?

Noctua has confirmed that the NA-IS1 Inlet Spacers and NA-SAVG2 Gasket Set are available to purchase now for the following prices:

  • NA-IS1 (all versions): EUR/USD 14.90
  • NA-SAVG2 (all versions): EUR/USD 9.90

If you would, therefore, like to learn more about them, you can check out the official product website links below:

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