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

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 15, 2014 5:59 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: be quiet!

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




As you can see above, be quiet! has put together a really full chart for the Dark Rock Pro 3. They start off with the main specifications like height, weight, and compatibility. The Dark Rock Pro 3 stands 163mm tall, is 137mm wide, and it is 150mm long. Inside of those dimensions, be quiet! is packing in 1197 grams of copper and aluminum, and this includes the weight of the fans. They also make mention of one of the more important features, and that is the top-tier rating of 250W TDP for this cooler.


As far as the compatibility is concerned, the DRP3 will affix to any Intel socket from LGA775 through LGA2011, and all AMD sockets from 754 and right on through AM3+ on mainstream motherboards. This cooler also includes a 120mm SilentWings PWM fan on the front, and a 135mm version in the middle of the towers, which they have specified to produce no more than 26.1 dB(A) of noise when at full speed.


For the heat sink, dimensions are: 123mm in length, 133mm in width without the fan clips, and the height stays the same since the fans sit lower than the top plate. There are a total of ninety fins in both towers, or forty-five aluminum fins in each tower. As for the base, the bottom is nickel plated copper, but the top half is made from aluminum, and is skived to allow it to remove a bit of heat as well.


Out of that base, you will see seven 6mm diameter heat pipes, just like in the Dark Rock Pro 2, but this time their alignment has been changed. Also, every part, except for the brushed aluminum top plate, has black nickel plating applied for looks, anti-oxidation purposes, and to smooth out some of the imperfections in the base and fins.


For the specifications of the SilentWing PWM fans used on this cooler, we move to the lower section of the chart. There we can see that the 135mm fan in the middle is capable of speeds of 1400 RPM, while delivering 67.8CFM of airflow. The 2.1mm H2O static pressure rating it offers is also nice. As for the 120mm version on the front of the cooler, it can spin at 1700 RPM, offer 57.2CFM of airflow, and it has a 1.23mm H2O pressure rating. Both fans spin on a Fluid Dynamic bearing, and both offer a 4-pin connection for power.


Since this cooler was just released, it is tough to locate them in the retail markets inside of the USA. What we do know at this point is that be quiet! has set the MSRP for the Dark Rock Pro 3 at $89.99 U.S. Dollars, but that very well could change when more e-tailers begin to offer them. Since we are dealing with a price point close to that of the single radiator AIO solutions, you can correctly assume that we will be judging this product accordingly, to see if the Dark Rock Pro 3 is worth hanging this much weight from your socket.

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