Why are Noctua fans brown? We asked Noctua.

If it comes to computer fans, Noctua stands out. Although some do not like its bright brown color, it has already become an integral part of a quality fan. When we talk about PC building, there is a long list of computer component manufacturers such as Antec, Scythe, NZXT, Cooler Master, Silverstone, beQuiet !, but all of their FAN from a few meters away look the same. A completely different story with Noctua CPU Coolers.

Noctua Fans and their brown fans are already taped into the iconic computer world. Noctua Fans are designed in Austria, so most likely here, the brown story has begun.

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Noctua just wanted their Fan to be unique and stand out from the rest in the market.

Unofficial reason of brown color

why noctua are brown unofficial version

Everyone almost agrees that the brown Noctua fans are so recognizable because of color. Therefore, when you open the PC case side or just through the PC case glass side with a brown fan, it is clear that there is a Noctua fan inside. Many folks agree that its stands out from the competition

Some like this color. Others find it challenging to adapt to another computer component. Most likely because of this, in 2019, Noctua released chromax.black CPU coolers.

Official reason of brown color

why noctua are brown official version

We wrote to Noctua.at and tried to ask them why Noctua fans chose brown. We soon received an answer that surprised us. I was surprised because the response was rapid and friendly.

Our written letter to Noctua

As you can see, we sent an email to ask why iconic Noctua fans are brown. And only after two days do we get an email letter back (we wrote an email on Sunday, so maybe after one day :D).

Answer from Noctua

As you can see, the email is written in brown, which is even more enjoyable. As we can see from their response, Noctua just wanted their Fan to be unique and stand out from the rest in the market.

Noctua CPU cooler’s and their achievements


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noctua best cpu coolers air

Noctua originates from a collaboration between the Austrian Rascom Computerdistribution Ges.m.b.H. and the Taiwanese cooling specialist Kolink International Corporation. Noctua is present in more than 30 countries across the globe and works with several hundred sales partners.

Best of the best

Noctua NH-D15

Everyone probably knows the iconic Noctua NH-D15, NH-U12S, and NH-L9i CPU coolers. From 2016 to the present, Noctua CPU coolers win the prestigious European Hardware community Award every year in the BEST CPU COOLER (AIR) category. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.

From my experience, as much as I used Noctua Fans, they were all built with superb quality and they are worth every penny. I had to use other similarly priced or cheaper CPU coolers. They all couldn’t compare to the Noctua in terms of noise and temp.

Below is a video review of the Noctua DH-15 Linus discussed earlier. No matter how long it was done, this cooler still cools even the latest, most powerful CPUs incredibly well.

But what if you still don’t like the current brown? There is a method we do not recommend. Therefore, if you try to repaint, take responsibility.

How to change Noctua fan color?

noctua change color

We are not responsible for a damaged fan.

Noctua CPU cooler can be coated with a thin layer of paint, thus changing its color. But it would be best if you were extra careful when recoloring. Also, the paint layer should be even, as unallocated paint can cause wobbling, followed by vibration and annoying noise.

We offer to buy just a black Noctua (chromax.black) CPU cooler and solve the dilemma.

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I hope we were able to answer why Noctua CPU coolers are brown. If you think otherwise or have another related question, you can leave them in the comments section.


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