Noctua's passive cooler has been delayed, again

Noctua fanless CPU cooler prototype at Computex 2019
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Having already been delayed once, Noctua's fanless CPU cooler that was first teased back in July (opens in new tab) looks to have been set back again, along with a slew of other Noctua products. 

A recent tweet from FanlessTech (opens in new tab), who we believe has been working with Noctua to drum up enthusiasm for its upcoming products, pictures an updated Noctua release roadmap. It shows that the upcoming passive CPU cooler, said to be able to handle max CPU loads of 120W (devoid of any other case fans), is not expected to release until Q2.

You can check out the updated roadmap for yourself on the company's website. (opens in new tab)

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Back in July last year, Noctua said "prepare to be surprised" by the cooler's performance, and maybe we will be when we get our hands on one. Noctua indicated that with added quiet fans in your case for active airflow this new passive CPU cooler should be able to handle up to 180W.

That means it should be able to handle top-tier CPUs. Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake processors like the Core i9 10700K only throw up a 125W TDP, and AMD's Ryzen 5000 series CPUs like the Ryzen 9 5950X default to a TDP of 105W. Just bear in mind that they will actually exceed those TDP ratings from time to time.

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We cant say we really have been surprised about the setbacks this time, either. Times are tough for the tech community and it seems manufacturers are under a lot of stress, to say the least. 

Late last year we witnessed malicious reseller bots (opens in new tab) ransacking top tech launches (including that of Nvidia's RTX 3080 (opens in new tab)s and RTX 3090 (opens in new tab)s) as well as GDDR6 memory shortages (opens in new tab) being blamed for tech stock woes. Now retailers are reportedly gearing up for a host of GPU and motherboard manufacturers to announce price increases (opens in new tab)—and it's not going to stop there.

Still, considering all the hullabaloo, I think we're willing to wait an extra few months for this baby. We're a little disappointed at the delays, but it's to be expected with COVID-19 still raging in the background.

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for two years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.