There is no denying from anyone that this is one of the most silent coolers of this size to be tested by TweakTown, only the NZXT HAVIK 140 did better and just slightly. While we are on the subject, I may have first thought that the use of a 120MM fan on the front of the Dark Rock Pro 2 was a bit of a downgrade. In reality it was a well thought out design that allows for plenty of room for the memory and their heat spreaders under the fan. For such a large cooler, the room left under the Dark Rock Pro 2 is better than most dual-tower offerings as well. It's like everything I see is a one up on the rest of the competition. The easy to use hardware, the slick looking black aesthetics and the thermal and audio results are right on the money for what I personally want in an air cooler for my CPU.
The one aspect that this cooler looses hands down in is the pricing. I am basing this off of the converted rate and the US availability and against all of the other dual-tower offerings on the market currently. Not one of the solutions is currently demanding anything near $110; most notably, the Silver Arrow this cooler ran dead even with, you get the exact same thermal results and darn close audio results for about $23 cheaper, even the Phanteks that may completely match your theme better than just black can be had for the same difference. In the UK market, things are a bit closer though, so I would have to expect that if this cooler would come to the US, it would have to sell for considerably less than its current exchange rate to be effective in our market. In reality price is my only complaint and it is based on a guess of what it would sell for, not that it will sell for that if it were to come to the US market.
Throughout my entire time with this cooler, there wasn't anything that stands out as an obvious fault or oversight in this design. The Dark Rock Pro 2 is in fact a dual-tower design that can run with the big dogs and do it with very little noise being heard unless you like to game with your head in the chassis. In the UK market and priced at £65 at Scan currently, it's a great deal for what you receive. With almost all ATX motherboards being black in some major form, the all black choice of aesthetics and the use of aluminum top piece makes this cooler more elegant than any other solution I have seen.
Yet again, I am left wishing these were sent to the US market, as I really would love to tell all my friends to get one, but at this point it is more of a tease as I am one of the only ones state side who actually gets to enjoy the benefits of owning a be quite Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU cooler. For those of you on the right side of the Atlantic, I would seriously consider this cooler on any of my next builds, if you desire great performance with little to no noise to have to deal with.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Test System Setup and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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