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be quiet! Dark Rock 3 Review

red454    -   June 26, 2014
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be quiet! Dark Rock 3 Specifications:

Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H)
97 x 137 x 160 mm
Total weight (kg)
LGA1150 ready
Socket compatibility
Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011
AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2(+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2+
Backplate Mounting
Fan model, number
be quiet! 1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm
Anti vibration fan fixing
Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm)
8.4 / 13.6 / 21.1
Heatsink Specifications (L x W x H)
73 x 132 x 160 mm
Number of Fins
Fin Material
Base Material
CPU Contact Surface
CNC Machined
Heatpipe number / Diameter (mm)
6, 6
Surface Treatment
Aluminum / Dark Nickel Plated
Fan Dimensions
135 x 135 x 22
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm)
Air flow @ 12V (cfm, m3/h)
67.8, 113.8
Air pressure @ 12V (mm H2O)
Bearing Type
Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Input current (A)
Input power (W)


be quiet! Dark Rock 3 Features:

Extremely High Cooling Efficiency

  • Improved dynamic wave-contour cooling fins with enhanced cooling area and small dots on the surface increase air circulation and contribute to high convection efficiency without raising overall noise
  • Support of additional 120mm fan for extreme cooling performance (free fan clips are included in the scope of delivery)
  • Six high-performance heat pipes with copper lining and aluminum caps carry heat to the optimal location on the cooling fins, maximizing heat conductance
  • The extremely high cooling capacity of 190W TDP offers low temperature even at peak performance
  • New arrangement of heat pipes enhances the cooling capacity


Virtually Inaudible Operation

  • Improved 135mm SilentWings® PWM fan features:
    • nine airflow-optimized fan blades
    • innovative 6-pole motor for smoother operation and less vibration
    • dynamically-balanced impeller
    • advanced fluid dynamic bearing with copper core
  • Decoupled fan mount with vibration-isolating elements on the heat sink
  • Maximum noise is at scant 21.1dB(A) even at 100% PWM function


Highly Compatible, Highly Functional Design

  • Square, single tower design saves space and supports four-directional fan mounting for best heat convection
  • Compatibility with all current Intel® and AMDTM sockets
  • Freely-selectable fan mount point is recommended for AMDTM users



  • Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2014
  • Compatibility with all current Intel® and AMD™ sockets
  • Completely dark nickel-plated heat sink
  • Brushed aluminum top cover with high-grade diamond cut finish
  • 3-year warranty

All information courtesy of be quiet! @ http://www.bequiet.com/en/cpucooler/482

  1. be quiet! Dark Rock 3: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. be quiet! Dark Rock 3: Closer Look (Continued)
  3. be quiet! Dark Rock 3: Specifications & Features
  4. be quiet! Dark Rock 3 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. be quiet! Dark Rock 3: Conclusion
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