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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!

Installation and Finished Product




As with other be quiet! samples (since they all use the same mounting hardware), the back plate is slightly too large for the opening in the Thermal Armor on our motherboard.




It's nothing a pair of safety glasses and my Dremmel couldn't fix. After being sure to remove all of the fine bits of metal with a thorough cleaning, we are able to get the back plate where it needs to be, although it will never work right for some AMD installations, and we had to cut through a couple of the holes.




With the studs through the motherboard, the clips in place, and the additional screw and nut combination parts installed on the motherboard, all we have to do is attach the appropriate mounting legs to the base of the cooler. Here we are; all ready to go with an Intel setup.




After some complicated mounting, we now have the Dark Rock Pro 3 installed and ready for testing. We did have to remove the flame tips on our memory, as the DRP3 is a large cooler, and does indeed to encroach on the room over the DIMM slots.




Only the outermost slot is free from obstruction from this cooler, and as it crosses the motherboard, it even goes over the heat sinks for the power delivery system for the CPU. On this board, the height of the armor wasn't the issue; it was getting to the nuts at the top of the cooler for mounting that caused us the most grief.




Once we had the motherboard back in the test chassis, we took this image to offer a bit more perspective on its size. Not that it is huge compared to other dual-tower designs, it's more that it will take up most of the room at the top of the motherboard, and with a third fan installed, you will likely see nothing of the motherboard under it.

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