No difference in performance between Noctua fans made in China and Taiwan

Posted on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 14:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
There was quite a bit of ruckus on online boards as users were worried about production differences between Noctua fans made in China and those made in Taiwan. In particular, Reddit user Kendalf posted photos that reveal differences in some of the finer details of the fan design as well as a slightly different color tone of both the fan blades and the fan frame.

Gamers Nexus launched an investigation and compared four Taiwan-made fans with four China-made fans. The site reports that there are indeed some minor design differences between the fans, which can be a bit of a problem if you want to color match fans. But there's no difference in performance so the pitchforks can be safely locked up in the shed again:
Companies change supply and factories all the time. People notice differences all the time, too. The only change here is that Noctua was noticed (doing something mundane and uneventful) and, for whatever reason, the PC hardware community latched onto it for lack of things at which to direct pitchforks. Cooler Master changes the fan used with its oft recommended Hyper 212 – and those differences are far greater than these. NAND supply changes. DRAM supply changes. Even the switches used in mice change. Ultimately, all that matters is that the product matches the spec that it has always advertised; if it does, then no big deal.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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