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be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler Review

be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2 Overview

Taking a first look at the design of the Dark Rock TF 2 it is a C-style cooler. Basically we have two horizontal heatsinks that are connected by heatpipes giving the cooler a “C” shape. The cooler and included fans are all black, which gives in a pretty cool look. The cooler isn’t just painted black, it uses a ceramic particle coating which offers good thermal transfer vs. a standard painted solution.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

Starting with the top heatsink it is a 140 x 140 rectangle that is about 35 mm thick containing 62 individual heatsink fins. We can see that all six of the 6mm-thick copper heatpipes come up from the base of the cooler and extend into the fin stack. There are two anti-vibration rubber pads on both the top and bottom of this heatsink. On one end of the heatsink is a cap with the be quiet! logo.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

The six heatpipes come out from the main heatsink, go down into the base of the cooler and then four of them go into the smaller heatsink which sits above the base of the cooler. This heatsink is a 98 x 98 mm square which is about 26 mm thick. There are 31 individual heatsink fins. We can also see that even the base of the cooler has a small heatsink on top of it, it seems that be quiet! did not waste any space on this cooler. Talking about space the bottom heatsink is smaller to make sure you have room for memory clearance. There is enough space between the top heatsink and bottom heatsink for you to install one of the included fans.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

The base of the cooler is made up of nickel-plated copper and has a very nice finish to it, although machining marks are definitely visible.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

Talking about the included fans you have a funnel-shaped Silent Wings 3 135 mm fan (used for the top of the cooler), and a normal Silent Wings 3 135 mm fan for the middle fan. At their max speed these fans only have a noise level of 27.1 dBA.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

Here are some shots of the cooler with the fans installed. For those wondering the total height of the cooler with the fans installed is 134 mm, so definitely not as tall as many tower-style coolers.

be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler

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