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be quiet! Dark Rock TF2 CPU Cooler Review

Testing

We are starting off fresh with our air CPU cooler reviews! We’ve decided to switch from a test bench to a case for a more real-world environment. be quiet! was nice enough to send over their Pure Base 500DX case as well as their Dark Power 12 modular power supply for our new test bench.

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

Here is a run-down of the rest of our system specs…

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K
Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock TF 2
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z490 AORUS Ultra
Graphics Card: MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming X
Memory: HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB
Storage: Samsung SSD 980
Power: be quiet! Dark Power 12

For testing we will be using AIDA64’s “CPU Package” reading for temperatures and we will also be using a RisePro sound level meter to record sound levels. Sound levels are recorded 3 inches above the top mesh of the case.

Idle readings are taken on the Windows 10 desktop an hour after the system has been turned on. “Load 1” readings are taken using AIDA64’s system stability test with just the “CPU” selected. “Load 2” readings are taken using AIDA64’s system stability testing with both the “CPU” and “FPU” selected. Here are the results.

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