be quiet!'s Pure Rock and its naming is very fitting to both what it is, and what it is intended to do. Coming from be quiet!, we knew noise wasn't going to be an issue, and that is indeed what we found. While it may not be the most silent option on the planet, it comes darn close to it. All of the parts and pieces work very well together and affords the Pure Rock a super solid mount with a fair amount of socket pressure too. While at first we were not really digging the exposed copper heat pipes, once the cooler was installed and working, the only thing you see is a thick black band of the fan, and a brushed aluminum top plate dressed up to add flavor to this cooler where it would be seen and appreciated most.
If we were to try to pick apart this design, there are a couple of things we would have addressed differently. First off is the fact that a second pair of fan clips cannot cost that much more not to include them. We realize that plating and anodizing is off the table, but all of us appreciate not having to mod a second fan to a cooler. The only other issue that plays at all with some of the potential users comes to those using four sticks of memory, but only those with taller to extremely tall heat spreaders.
Normal sticks will fit without issue, and ours did as well without much of an angle being forced into the nearest stick, allowing it to stay functional in that slot. While we would have liked to have seen slightly better results, all of what we found will keep your chip within specifications for thermal design, and at the same time, you will very hard pressed to hear this cooler, especially once it is sealed up inside of a chassis.
It is rare recently that we see many coolers that don't cost in excess of $50, so for be quiet! to come from the high-end price range in what we are used to seeing with their coolers, and offering the average Joe a shot at their style and what it is to use a be quiet! CPU cooler, it's quite good. While the black anodized top is missed in the Pure Rock, adding things to a cooler with a name such as this is almost sacrilege, because what they offer is indeed a cooler that represents everything that be quiet! is about in a more plain or pure form than the rest.
The fact that this cooler will only set you back $34.90 if you are willing to shop around for the best deal almost blows our mind at what be quiet! is offering here. While the TDP rating may be in question, if it was capable of taming our test beast, it is more than ready for the more mundane life of media streaming and the like.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||88%|
|Bundle and Packaging||93%|
|Value for Money||98%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: If the thermal results were slightly better, be quiet!'s Pure Rock would have gotten Editor's Choice. Even so, this cooler offers a lot of potential, a lack of noise, and a lack of the amount of cash needed to appreciate the Pure Rock for yourself.
PRICING: You can find the be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler retails for $47.99 at Amazon.
Australia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at PLE Computer's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [be quiet! Pure Rock CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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