Noctua NA-FC1 - how to control via software?


  1. Posts : 88
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 19042 Multiprocessor Free
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    Noctua NA-FC1 - how to control via software?


    My OS is Windows 10 Pro

    I've been having issues with my system overheating during certain games (especially Assassin's Creed Odyssey)...
    I recently upgraded to NVidia RTX 2080 ti (Hybrid, with both AOI and fan cooling) and Ryzen 7 5800X3D (Corsair h100i cooler)... though neither are overclocked, they are extremely powerful at default settings, and generate a *lot* of heat!! I've actually been climbing into upper 70s C during game play - especially recently, when my computer room is running at upper 80s F in our CA heat spell...

    So I upgraded to more-powerful fans for the front of the computer, and got the Noctua NA-FC1 controller to control fan speed. It works well enough under manual control, but I really would prefer to use software control to manage this device - but I don't have any idea how to do this, and the NA-FC1 manual doesn't discuss software at all...

    First of all, I have the controller plugged into CHA_FAN3/WP (Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connector)... I've looked around in various pages in Device Manager and in HWINFO, but nothing appears to actually know that there is a PWM-controlled device there... I was hoping that the Corsair iCue would somehow recognize this device and let me set up a fan-speed-vs-temp curve, as it does for the h100i cooler block, but it doesn't seem to know about the Noctua device.

    Beyond that, I don't know what to look for in control software...
    Any advice would be *very* welcome...

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    Well, I found one solution... a logical one, though it took me a while to realize it...
    I am already running ASRock Tuning Utility, for my ASRock x570 motherboard... it has a tab labelled FAN-Tastic Tuning, which lets me select which fan I wish to control, and set curves for each of them... that is working perfectly!!

    That makes sense; only the MB maker would know what specific fan connectors were available on a board...
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  2. Posts : 7,920
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #2

    Why don't you just control the fan curve from the BIOS?
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  3. Posts : 88
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 19042 Multiprocessor Free
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    Steve C said:
    Why don't you just control the fan curve from the BIOS?
    Well... for example, it has taken me about six tries to get the curve where I want it, and six+ reboots to hack the BIOS is really not an optimal solution... that's why they are providing software to do a software job...

    and in any case, the new fans are not solving the CPU overheating issues that I'm facing here; I think I need to go back to looking at the cooler setup...
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  4. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
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    It's your room temperature, man. Instead of buying computer hardware, buy at least a window air conditioner. They are about the same price as a high performance liquid cooler... LOL

    Trust me, you get that ambient room temperature down and your computer over heating will cease to exist. Server data center campuses have air conditioning.... Even at the NSA.


    The room I'm in now is 75°F and this is what I have for my CPU using a tried and true Cooler Master Evo 212. I don't even use a push/pull configuration. I'll take another screen grab in game latter...



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  5. Posts : 23,494
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4412 (x64) [22H2]
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    F22 Simpilot said:
    It's your room temperature, man.
    If the OP lives in the Central Valley in California.... 80's F room temp IS with the A/C on.
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  6. Posts : 88
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 19042 Multiprocessor Free
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    F22 Simpilot said:
    It's your room temperature, man. Instead of buying computer hardware, buy at least a window air conditioner. They are about the same price as a high performance liquid cooler... LOL

    Trust me, you get that ambient room temperature down and your computer over heating will cease to exist. Server data center campuses have air conditioning.... Even at the NSA.

    The room I'm in now is 75°F and this is what I have for my CPU using a tried and true Cooler Master Evo 212. I don't even use a push/pull configuration. I'll take another screen grab in game latter...

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    Well, your system *is* a bit different than mine (compare frequencies), but the point is taken... I may try pulling our portable AC unit in here today and see what happens... this is the *one* time that I miss my old system with the GTX 1070 ti and a 65W cpu... it was a *lot* easier to keep things cool...

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    Ghot said:
    If the OP lives in the Central Valley in California.... 80's F room temp IS with the A/C on.
    heh... well, Fremont is in the S.F. Bay Area, not inland, but we're still having a pretty determined heat spell these days... Thank the gods I don't live in Arizona or New Mexico...
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  7. Posts : 282
    Windows 10 Pro
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    Yeah, those AMDs are crazy on the TDP. I don't think I'll ever go Zen4 because of it. I might go used Intel latter on. But right now I have no real reason to actually. I can play COD, ARK, etc and have had no issues. I'm rocking an RTX 3060... It really begs the question: does one really need to update? Ya know? My PC is now about 5 or 6 years old and so far so good.
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