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be quiet! Dark Rock TF Top Flow CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 30, 2015 2:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: be quiet!

be quiet! Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler

 

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We are going to call this the front of the cooler, and here we are looking at six black metal caps to cover the tips of the heat pipes, and the thick aluminum cover fin is anodized to match the caps. Don't worry so much about below that, we will get to that in a bit.

 

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Scoping out the Dark Rock TF from this angle, we can see the thicker fin at the end along with an array of fins after it that have spaces kept with tabs bent along the side. As those six pipes curve out of the fins and go through the base, they also come back out and run through the lower dense section of fins flanked on the side with the be quiet! name.

 

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The fins are pressed onto the heat pipes, and the pipes are also nickel plated offering coloring and anti-oxidation benefits, and get much closer to each other as they get closer to the base.

 

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Compared to the other side we just looked at, this view is a mirror image, down to the naming found on the lower section. At this juncture, we may as well mention the very thick rubber strips that isolate the fans, that are pressed into a groove in the fins to make sure they never move.

 

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One look at the top of the Dark Rock TF, and we can see a couple of things worth mentioning. The surface from left to right is concave in the middle allowing the fan a better chance at cooling it. Also, there are deep grooves run along the fins edges also to disturb the airflow and take more advantage of what these fans offer.

 

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While six of the pipes run through the upper section of fins, only four of them are bent and spread apart to run through the lower section. Since this cooler offers push and pull fans, this second smaller radiator can really come into play in aiding the efficiency of the overall design.

 

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For mounting hardware a bit later, each side of the base has a wing added with a pair of holes drilled and threaded to accept screws in the hardware. As for the base, a plastic sticker is offered to keep the clean finish the base had when it left the factory.

 

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We wouldn't say there are visible machining marks, what you are seeing is likely residue from its last cleaning before it left the building. The base is convex, and is near polished, but is not quite reflective.

 

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We will obviously be showing this cooler in later build images, but we wanted to give you a sense of what the Dark Rock TF was all about once the fans are installed. This top flow cooler has plenty to force loads of air through this cooler and onto surrounding components on the motherboard.

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