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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Review

ccokeman    -   June 30, 2013
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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 Testing:

Testing of be quiet!s enthusiast grade dual tower cooler the Dark Rock Pro 2, will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary, due to case design and ambient air temperature by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 for a period of two hours, with a cool down period of one hour, after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites, but for the end-user without a half dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around, the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.

Testing Setup:

 

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The idle temperatures delivered by the Dark Rock Pro 2 were consistent with my expectations at both stock and overclocked settings, keeping the Core i7 2600K at 26 °C. Looking at the load temperatures the Dark Rock Pro 2 performs well keeping temperatures below 50 °C when run at stock speeds and below 70 °C when overclocked, putting it in some elite company. What stands out even more than the cooling is the lack of noise emanating from the chassis. The case fans are noisier than the heat sink and from two to three feet away you do not hear either, delivering the ultimate in cooling and quiet!




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