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be quiet! Dark Rock TF Top Flow CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

be quiet! Dark Rock TF Top Flow CPU Cooler Review

be quiet!'s Dark Rock TF top flow designed CPU cooler goes through the test bench today and comes out shining rather brightly at the end of it all.

By Chad Sebring | Nov 30, 2015 08:10 am CST
Rating: 97%Manufacturer: be quiet!

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


be quiet! is a company that has steadily been gaining grown since we first found out about them. At this point, we have seen various versions of Dark Rock coolers, Shadow Rock, Black Rock, even Pure Rock coolers, but every single submission up to this point was a tower style design. Until today, we never even knew that be quiet! had a C-style or Top Flow cooler in the works, but following along the lines of many other companies, be quiet! is taking their turn at offering such a cooler for those without the room for a full-tower cooler, or even those who appreciate massive amounts of air being blown down at the motherboard, cooling more than just the CPU.

Now they could have just brought forth a basic design as we would see from someone like Scythe tends to produce time and time again, but that just is not be quiet!'s style at all. They have taken the typical C-Style cooler, giving it, of course, the traditional be quiet! black that it seems all their coolers are, but takes things up a few notches as well with this cooler. They offer a basic pre-cooler as part of the base assembly, but unlike where most C-Style coolers have pipes all terminated on one side of the base, be quiet! chose to use most of them and developed a smaller, yet very effective secondary array of aluminum fins just above the base of this design.

The be quiet! Dark Rock TF cooler is a beefy design and is a bit large. At the same time, this is a sleek looking cooler, which even if it does overlap the memory a bit, clearance under the cooler is pretty good for most RAM kits to fit without issue. On top of all of this, where these designs will typically be cooled with a single 120mm or single 140mm fan, this design sports a pair of 135mm fans to offer the most efficiency from this design. Yet still in keeping with the company name, keep noise at bay while providing a cooler that is more than capable of taming even the hottest processors.


From the chart provided, we are first given the 162.6mm of length, the 140mm of depth to this design, that it is only 130.8mm tall, and weighs in at 810 grams. This is all of course including the fans with those specifications. The TDP is rated at 220W, and it fits LGA775 and up for Intel, including ILM, and on the AMD side of it, AM2 and newer sockets are all covered. There are check marks for a backplate and that there is decoupled fan mounting too.

The body of the cooler is mainly aluminum with the 62 fins in the top section and 64 of them at the bottom. All of these aluminum fins at the top surround six 6mm diameter heat pipes but the smaller lower section uses only four of them. The lowest section of the base is copper, and is machined, and once that is completed, both the base and the heat pipes receive a nickel plating.

To cool this cooler, we are given a pair of SilentWings PWM fan, both 135mm in diameter and 22mm in thickness. The fans are rated to deliver 26dB(A) at extreme levels with a maximum speed of 1400RPM. While at that speed each fan delivers 67.8CFM with 1.85mmH2O of static pressure. The fans are suspended on a fluid dynamic bearing, the 4-pin leads are 220mm long, and these fans are also slated to run for up to 300,000 hours or more.

Locating the Dark Rock TF is fairly easy, both Google as well as individual store searches both come up fruitful. One thing we have become accustomed to with be quiet! products are that they tend to come with a premium price tag as well. As for this Dark Rock TF, it definitely crosses the $50 mark, but finding it at Newegg where it is currently listed at just $79.90 with free shipping is a fair better deal than the $125 price we caught at Amazon. Of course, at near $80 this is still a tad on the expensive side, but with many coolers and a couple of cases to base an opinion from, be quiet! does offer a product with a more professional feel to them, sleek looks, and coolers that do their job with barely a peep heard from them, making them well worth their value so far.

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