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So I got to bring one of these puppies home with me from CES:




The Dark Rock Pro 2 is from a brand called BeQuiet, who are based in Germany. They're an extremely popular European brand, but haven't yet entered the US market. This year that's going to change, as I spent some time with their US product manager Christoph Katzer, formerly of Antec and Anandtech, who is working to bring these products to the US market. At the tail end of CES he let me take home a few of the display samples that were no longer needed, including this monster of a CPU cooler.





The Dark Rock Pro 2 is a seven heatpipe dual tower design with a copper base and aluminum fins. Everything is dark nickel plated. It uses two BeQuiet branded fans at 120mm and 135mm (outer and inner, respectively) which were measured by eTeknix to be 26.4dBa in their review. It comes with mounting hardware for all current and recent Intel and AMD platforms. It also has 4.5cm of RAM clearance, so everything but the tallest DIMMs should fit (if your DIMM is more than 4cm high it's compensating for something).





The Dark Rock is gorgeous, with a very nice nickel finish and good overall aesthetics.


Performance reviews generally show it beating the Noctua NH-D14 in performance, generally falling into the range of the H100 in sheer cooling power, with comparable noise profiles. MSRP is unknown, but expected to be <$100.

Christoph couldn't give a firm US release date, but it should be coming soon.






Do you guys want me to review it? I have a Q9550 @3.7Ghz and low voltage, so not exactly a challenge for this monster, and I'm currently using a Corsair H50, so that's not much comparison either. If you want me to review it anyway let me know, and if you have any special requests as far as temperature comparisons go (IBT? Or Prime95? What settings?). I think this could keep my C2Q below 40C even at maximum load, so... tongue.gif
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 2/8/13 at 1:32am
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Very exciting! thumb.gif
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Crank the volts up on the Q9550 and go for 4GHz+!
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Crank the volts up on the Q9550 and go for 4GHz+!


I have, but it won't be Prime95 stable. Motherboard limitation, not the CPU. frown.gif
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Wow.  This looks nice!

 

Does it have an HDT base too?

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I've had my Dark Rock Pro 2 since release here in Europe, it's a couple of degrees hotter than the NH-D14 but is absolutely silent even with the fans at max RPM + it's gorgeous looking. Definitely the best heatsink out there in my opinion.
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So people in America don't have Be Quite! stuff?

It is massively popular over here and that cooler you have is widely regarded as amazing here in the EU.
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Here's a picture someone took comparing it to the NH-D14 in terms of size:

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So people in America don't have Be Quite! stuff?

It is massively popular over here and that cooler you have is widely regarded as amazing here in the EU.

Nope, they tried to get started in the US last year but had some logistical problems or something. They're trying again this year and I'm expecting good things. smile.gif
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