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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!

Installation and Finished Product




As always we tend to the cooler before the motherboard when it comes to hardware. Here we have the Intel brackets screwed onto the base, and if the countersunk hole on one side of the brackets doesn't help you out, be sure the ends of the brackets bend away from the cooler.





Sadly, we donated our last be quiet! cooler, so we were back to the realization that their backplate is a little too large for our motherboard.




Nothing we couldn't fix with about fifteen minutes of our time and a Dremel in our hand. Of course this isn't typical of what you will run into, but to allow the cutouts to sit around the socket screws, we had no other choice. We also like that the studs have a Phillips head on them to greatly easy tightening them later.




Once the backplate is lined up and the studs are passed through, you lock it into place with a plastic clip and then screw on the standoffs that cover the studs. After this, you can set the cooler down and work with the wrench and a screwdriver to get the cooler mounted to the motherboard.




With our slightly taller RAM on the motherboard, we find the Dark Rock TF fitting, but only just. We also like that the cooler is not much wider than the memory either, leaving us access to other things around it.




Just how much room is offered for us, just enough, as light is just barely shining through. While the typical RAM kit will fit, and you can fill all four slots, swapping them out later may be a bit of a hassle.




We did look at mounting the cooler in reverse, with the pipes closest to the memory, but in that orientation, clearance becomes an issue. We do still have room to get to the 8-pin cable, though, and the motherboard screws are also accessible.




With everything moved into the chassis, we can see all the access around the cooler, and it is very close to the first PCI-e slot, but it can still be used in this orientation.

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