The Dark Rock Pro 4 from Be Quiet is no disappointment. With the past as our guide to expectations, in all aspects, they hit them or exceeded them. Aesthetics may be a bit boring for some of the RGB lovers out there, but at the same time, we can appreciate a large cooler with brushed aluminum and no LEDs staring at us from inside the chassis. Beyond the excellent build quality of the tower, we much also consider the fans.
Silent Wings 3 120mm and 135mm fans are used, keeping testing and usage near silent in all scenarios, and are tough to pick up on at all when using with PWM control. Mounting has been made more manageable, and we like that Be Quiet ditched the huge backplate they used to supply. Removable caps on the top for easy access when mounting is also a plus, and we weren't left with holes to look at. Lastly, while not topping any of the thermal charts, the Dark Rock Pro 4 is close enough and no slouch.
Typically, this paragraph is filled with dislikes about design or anything we feel might be lacking. However, unless you are looking for the best of the best in thermal results, there is not one thing we can pick out with the Dark Rock Pro 4 which we do not care for. Be Quite has proven to improve designs each time they come forward, and this latest cooler is no exception.
With the lack of noise associated with it, the better than average performance, and the improvements to the mounting hardware, you will hard pressed to find reasons to pass on this cooler for your CPU. Yes, the cooler is large, which may eliminate some customers, but in the end, Be Quiet covers all current processors, even offering a TR4 edition of this model, and with a 250W TDP to abuse, we feel the Dark Rock Pro 4 is a solid option for any system, as long as the chassis allows for fitment.
Cost is also a significant concern, and if anything lends to moving away from this cooling solution, the price would be it. While $89.90 is reasonable for what we have in our hands, many do not shop in this manner. Looking at the charts, there are more affordable solutions which can perform better thermally, but these options come with a lot of extra noise.
Compared to an AIO, the Dark Rock Pro 4 is more affordable but has much more weight on the socket, but most motherboards can handle either well and are more about personal preference, but the DRP 4 can contend thermally with them, outperforming AIOs in many instances. We find the Dark Rock Pro 4 from Be Quiet to be a great compromise of all things to consider when it comes to buying a new cooler, and unless you use a small chassis, we strongly urge you to ponder the Dark Rock Pro 4 for your next build.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The be quiet Dark Rock Pro 4 is huge, silent, easy to install, all while performing admirably. Cost to performance is a bit high, and the only thing keeping the cooler from a Editor's Choice Award!
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