It seems that screwdrivers are the current trend, and now we can see that Noctua has entered the PC DIY enthusiast screwdriver market along with its first discrete products. The new Noctua NM-SD1 is a driver having a Torx T20 (star-shaped) tip, as well as the Noctua NM-SD2 features a Phillips PH2 (cross-shaped) tip. Both screwdrivers feature a lengthy 150mm 96-inch) shaft, magnetic tip, and large comfortable grips. Noctua selected these two tips as they give out the best compatibility with its SecuFirm2+, SecuFirm, and SecuFirm2 cooler mounting systems.
The Noctua tools have more than a passing similarity to the well-known screwdrivers that are sold by Germany-based Wera Tools. No mention has been made by Noctua of such a relationship with Wera. Due to the differences in Noctua warranty (shorter) and pricing (cheaper), it may be that the Noctua products are Wera inspired rather than produced.
It is also worth saying that these screwdrivers are not ‘Noctua’s answer’ to the $70 Linus Tech Tips screwdriver. Noctua confirms that these are designed for easy and convenient SecuFirm mount fixing. The Noctua NM-SD2 having its PH2 tip is going to be a very handy long-reach screwdriver as this Phillips tip is one of the most widely used in household DIY etc. The LTT screwdriver is a different beast with its ratchet mechanism, swappable bits (PH0, PH1, PH2, H2, H2.5, H4, SL2, SL4, SL6, SQ1, SQ2, and 5x5 Magnet bit), 82.2mm (3.2-inch) shaft, and price.
Both the Noctua NM-SD1 and Noctua NM-SD2 are available today from the firm’s Amazon web stores worldwide (including the US, Australia, Canada, UK, most of Europe, and Japan). In the US, they are being sold for a price less than $10 each.