The aftermarket CPU cooler market is heavily saturated with options for those seeking an alternative to the OEM cooler that may have come with their CPUs/systems originally. Sticking with some of the well known manufacturers in the market has always been the best suggestion when looking for a solution. These manufacturers include Thermaltake, Corsair, Zalman, NZXT, Cooler Master, etc… One manufacturer that you may not be as familiar with here in the states is beQuiet!. Not new to the market, beQueit! has been manufacturing case fans, CPU coolers, power supplies, and additional accessories since 2006 and have become extremely popular in Germany and that popularity is trending in the same manner here in the states. The folks at beQuiet! put emphasis on performance “and” silence, which is not necessarily two things that go hand and hand in the aftermarket air cooler industry. Today we will be looking at their latest offering in their CPU cooler line, the Dark Rock Pro 3. Before we jump into the review, let’s take a quick peek at the technical specs.
|Overall Dimensions||150mm x 137mm x 163mm|
|Socket Compatibility||Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2(+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2 (+)|
|Fan model, number||1 x SilentWings PWM 120mm, 1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm|
|Overall noise level @ 50/75/100%||13.2 / 19.5 / 26.1 dB(A)|
|Number of Fins||90|
|Number of Heat Pipes||7|
|Fan Speed @ 100%||1400 / 1700|
|Bearing Type||Fluid Dynamic Bearing|
|Connector Type||4-pin PWM|
Looking at the technical specs, there is no denying the Dark Rock Pro 3 is a “big” cooler with some impressive cooler capabilities at 250W TDP. Additionally, the advertised sound levels are really impressive. So, does the Dark Rock Pro 3 deliver on it’s claimed capabilities? Let’s put it to the test and find out!