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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review - A winner in terms of performance and quietness? - The Test System and Thermal Results

be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler Review - A winner in terms of performance and quietness?
The Dark Rock Pro gets yet another revision from be quiet! Chad gives us the full details on the new Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU cooler and how it performs.
| CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 15, 2014 5:59 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: be quiet!

The Test System and Thermal Results

 

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I would first like to thank ASUS, InWin, Corsair, and Fractal Design for supplying products for me to test with. To see our testing methodology, and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer to our CPU Cooler Testing and Methodology article for that information.

 

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While not the best results, at stock testing levels, we found the Dark Rock Pro 3 offered a 52.5 degree average result, the same cooling capabilities of the H75 AIO. It falls just behind the NiC C5 that offers a lot more access to the motherboard, but is much louder at any level. For those wondering: When the PC was left at idle, we got an average of 29 degrees.

 

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As we allow the test system to spread its legs with an overclock applied, the Dark Rock Pro 3 stays right in the middle of the charts, but that is a bit misleading. The 72.75 degree average we got at this level is only 5.1 degrees off from the leading cooler, and that is a dual radiator AIO with a pair of 140mm fans.

 

Now, there are some smaller yet more efficient coolers on the list, but none of them can compare when it comes to both audio and thermal results, as you are about to see on the next page.

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