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Noctua's latest roadmap shows delays for several new products, including black heatsinks and white fans

Noctua's latest roadmap shows several products delayed, including black versions of popular coolers. The already available NH-U12S Chromax.black is shown here (Image Source: Noctua).
Noctua's latest roadmap shows several products delayed, including black versions of popular coolers. The already available NH-U12S Chromax.black is shown here (Image Source: Noctua).
Noctua’s latest roadmap, released in late July 2020, shows many of their upcoming products have been pushed out into 2021. These include black versions of popular heatsinks, black covers for existing silver heatsinks, white fans, and their sizeable passive CPU heatsink.

Noctua, the Austrian PC cooling specialists, maintain a roadmap on their website showing all their upcoming products. We were first alerted to the updated list when Fanless Tech noticed that Noctua’s large 120 W – 180 W (depending on case configuration) fanless heatsink was delayed from late 2020 into Q1 2021. This delay was the second for this heatsink, with the initial comments at Computex 2019 indicating that it could arrive in H1 2020.

However, the roadmap also shows several other changes in product arrival dates compared to those previously communicated by Noctua. The highly anticipated white fans moved from between Q2 and Q4 2020 into Q1 2021. The black version of the NF-A12x25 went from late Q2 or early Q3 2020 back to Q1 2021. The black version of the NF-U12A and associated heatsink covers both moved from Q4 2020 to Q1 2021.

We don’t have an initial release timeline for the 8-way fan hub or the 24 V to 12 V voltage converter, but since they were also both announced at Computex 2019, they too may be arriving later than expected.

With no accompanying press release from Noctua, we can’t be sure of the cause for the delays. However, since prototypes of these products were available at Computex 2019, we suspect that the COVID-19 situation probably explains the reason. For example, it could be to do with current difficulties in managing a global supply chain, or due to a reluctance to incur the expenses required to retool production lines over the downturn of the last few months.

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Craig Ward, 2020-08- 2 (Update: 2020-08- 2)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.