Ever get tired of hearing the whirring noise of your CPU cooler as its fan(s) spins like crazy to keep your rig from melting apart? Noctua heard that consumer pain point and has been steadily developing a solution to the problem. And though that solution has been dangled in front of eager potential customers since 2019, it’s been without any word of a release date — until now.
In response to a fellow Twitter tweeter commenting disappointment on the lack of a release date for the fanless cooler, Noctua chimed in with a not-so-subtle “coming very soon! ;-)” complete with a winking emoji (via PCMag). And if you’ve been on the internet for more than a few days, you know that a winking emoji means that we’re either never getting a release date or that Noctua is, in fact, being on the level when it says that a release date is almost here.
Noctua could’ve said a lot of things, but those three words — specifically the inclusion of “very” — implies that the fanless cooling solution really may be just around the corner.
The idea behind the cooler is simple enough: Swap out the noisy fans for extra pounds of metal heatsink to enable silent heat distribution. It’s a simple solution to the noise problem, and perhaps an elegant one as well, if Noctua has managed to shrink and lighten the plump and hefty prototype it debuted years ago.
In any case, we’ll find out what the state of the cooler is soon enough if Noctua’s release date remarks are anything to go by. No info on pricing has been disclosed yet, but when release date news starts to gain traction, MSRPs usually aren’t far behind.
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