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be quiet! Pure Rock Review

Price: $35

be quiet! Pure Rock Introduction:

Be quiet! is located in Germany and is well known in Europe, but its power supplies, high-end coolers, and case fans keep making waves here in the States. Be quiet! has won the Manufacturer of the Year award eight times in a row from the German hardware magazine PC Gamers Hardware. The German engineered Pure Rock is be quiet!'s single tower / single fan 130W TDP cooling solution that comes with a single 120mm PWM SilentWings fan. The Pure Rock features four 6mm diameter copper heat pipes and is designed for the latest CPUs.

If you are not familiar with the new Pure Rock series, be quiet! has for now just one cooler in that series: the namesake Pure Rock. Be quiet! has two other established series of coolers, the Dark Rock and Shadow Rock, and each have three coolers in their respective series. Today we will see just how well the Pure Rock lives up to its 130W TDP rating. If you like to have fun with overclocking and push the thermal limits of your system, then you know the necessity of a capable CPU cooler. And while water cooling has certainly become mainstream in the last few years, air cooling is not ready to be written off.




be quiet! Pure Rock Closer Look:

The packaging for the be quiet! Pure Rock comes in the typical be quiet! black background, showing the cooler front and center on the front panel. At the top right there is the easily recognizable be quiet! logo and under the image is the name of the cooler, "Pure Rock," and that this cooler can manage a 130W thermal load. One thing to note is that the box shows the TDP as 130W, but the website refers to it a 150W TDP. My assumption is that the box is correct. Moving right along, the back side of the package has a technical drawing of the cooler, the specifications, and descriptions of the pertinent features, such as the aluminum top plate and SilentWings fan.



The side panels follow through with the same black background and show the general features in six languages and a brief listsing of awards. The top of the box is somewhat basic  - no pictures; just the model, TDP rating, and logo standing out, and really, what more do you need?



When you open the box, the first thing you see is the top of the cooler. The cooler is contained by a cardboard flap that is cut to hold the cooler and fan in place. After you get the flap out of the way, you can see a hardware box and that the fan is not mounted to the cooler. The fan is packed separate from the cooler. In the bottom of the box is a foam pad and another cardboard piece that cradles and isolates the lower portion of the cooler to prevent damage during shipment.



The hardware consists of mounting components for latest AMD and Intel sockets, including the FM2+ and 2011-3 (per the be quiet! website), and one set of fan clips. The thermal paste comes pre-applied to the base and there is a protective clear plastic guard snapped on to the base to keep the paste from being smudged. There is a flat steel back plate that installs behind the motherboard and provides support to the cooler. Finally, there are two instruction sheets and a warranty sheet. The instruction sheets are thorough and easy to follow.


Let's look at the cooler in more detail and see how it performs.

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