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post #31 of 506
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Originally Posted by twerk View Post

Bear in mind the fans on the NH-D14 were run at 12V, while the fans on the Dark Rock Pro 3 are being controlled via PWM by the mobo. So it's not really a fair test.

It does give you some idea though. The Dark Rock Pro 3 is silent if you allow automatic PWM control while the NH-D14 is pretty loud at 12V.

OC3D review:
"We test all our coolers at the full twelve volts, and where some AIOs may be screaming like a Sharon on a Saturday night the Pro 3 was as quiet as a peado in a Barney suite."
and "Granted the D14 performs better but not by much and it is arguably a little louder (yes, we actually said that)"

Seems that it also has been tested at 12v.
I brought it for € 68,- and you won't get any better in this price range.
After all reviews I read about it I decided to go for this instead of the Swiftech H220.
Some are biased or made error's while testing (thermal paste/mounting), but you will never really know that.
Overal it seems to have the best cooling around for quietness vs performance.
post #32 of 506
These are the reviews I could find.
Some are in another language so you'll have to translate if you don't speak German/Swedish.

Tweaktown:
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/6072/be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-cpu-cooler-review-a-winner-in-terms-of-performance-and-quietness-/index.html

Hitechlegion:
http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/38484-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-cpu-cooler-review

Hardocp:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/02/11/bequiet_dark_rock_pro_3_cpu_air_cooler_review/#.UyCzKvl5M9E

Frostytech:
http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2764

Kitguru:
http://www.kitguru.net/components/cooling/luke-hill/be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-cpu-cooler-review/

Pc-max:
http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=de%7Cen&u=http://www.pc-max.de/artikel/kuehlung/test-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-cpu-kuehler-im-test

Technic3D:
http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=de%7Cen&u=http://www.technic3d.com/review/kuehler/1638-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3/1.htm

Gamezoom:
http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=de%7Cen&u=http://www.gamezoom.net/artikel/be_quiet_Dark_Rock_Pro_3_Test_Review-30174

Hardewareluxx:
http://www.hardwareluxx.com/index.php/reviews/hardware/cooling/29376-test-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-.html?start=4

Nikktech:
http://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/cpu-coolers/3058-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-cpu-cooler?showall=&start=5

Sweclockers:
http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/18225-be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3

PCgameshardware:
http://extreme.pcgameshardware.de/luftkuehlung/321084-review-quiet-dark-rock-pro-3-eiskalt-schwarzem-gewand.html
Edited by Elsandre - 3/12/14 at 12:33pm
post #33 of 506
I wonder how good the successor of the NH-D14 will be. I mean, if you look at the NH-U14S which is a single tower cooler, it performs extremely well against dual tower coolers and even competes with closed-liquid-coolers. I'm going to wait and see what Noctua comes up with and then decide which cooler I'm going to go with.
post #34 of 506
Got the Dark rock pro 3 installed and it is about 4-5 degrees cooler and alot quieter than the mugen 2 in push pull.
Ill post some comparison charts tonight. At idle i can only hear the hdd now and at full load its very acceptabele.
post #35 of 506
Hi,

Yes as you have noticed, we don't compromise with silence. That's why our coolers might never really lead the charts, we rather keep it quiet.... and good looking.

Chris
post #36 of 506
Seeing the comparison of the reviews you can Safely say be quiet have done a good job creating this. Also from my own experience
post #37 of 506
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Capt View Post

I wonder how good the successor of the NH-D14 will be. I mean, if you look at the NH-U14S which is a single tower cooler, it performs extremely well against dual tower coolers and even competes with closed-liquid-coolers. I'm going to wait and see what Noctua comes up with and then decide which cooler I'm going to go with.

I always find this statement so strange.....really just the inclusion of the word "even". The best of the closed loop coolers perform on par with top end air coolers, no better. Mind you, they do so at about 30 dB louder than a top end air cooler.....

As it pertains to the Dark Rock Pro 3, if you cap a CLC's noise output at what the DRP3 puts out, the DRP3 is a far more effective cooler. HTL has recently started showing this in their CLC reviews, and the results aren't pretty for the CLCs when their noise is limited to "merely annoying" levels. They limited it to 40 dB in the Antec 1250 review and the Phanteks TC14PE pulled away from the CLCs in terms of performance. Drop that number to 30 dB to compete with the DRP3....and it is going to get worse.

That said, I am curious to see the NH-D14 successor, as well, especially with the great results of the NH-U series. But, I don't see the DRP3 and NH-D14 as being in the same vein. As Chris pointed out, the DRP3 is noticeably quieter and really has it all over the Noctua in terms of looks. Sometimes you need all the cooling you can get in a rig, sometimes giving up literally a few degrees is worth it for the silence and the incredible looks.
post #38 of 506
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Originally Posted by Chris BQ View Post

Hi,

Yes as you have noticed, we don't compromise with silence. That's why our coolers might never really lead the charts, we rather keep it quiet.... and good looking.

Chris
BeQuiet! have a very good reputation for quality and quiet performance. Dark Rock Pro 3 continues this. Be Quiet is not the coolest but is within very few degrees of being so... and it is quiet. thumb.gif
post #39 of 506
I LUV my Dark Rock Pro 2!

Best thing I ever did was ditch my NH-D14 for it. My temps didn't suffer one bit and no longer was I disgusted to look inside my case. The Dark Rock Pro 2 is a work of art that cools right up there with the very best of them, whether at idle or when OCing my 4770k. Maybe it was just a better mount or that I used a different TIM, but I stay a degree or two cooler in my OC benches than I ever did with my Noctua, and I'm even running slightly higher clocks/volts than I ever used to.

If/When I decide to build another air cooled rig I'll definitely be getting the Dark Rock Pro 3 for it. Also, I do see their coolers now at Performance PCs and NCIX, and even listed on Amazon where it says it ships from BeQuiet in CA, so that's a big plus. MUCH better than when I ordered my Dark Rock Pro 2 I had to get it sent from Germany and took almost a month to get shipped to the US.
Edited by Unicr0nhunter - 3/19/14 at 1:14am
post #40 of 506
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Originally Posted by Chris BQ View Post

Hi,

Yes as you have noticed, we don't compromise with silence. That's why our coolers might never really lead the charts, we rather keep it quiet.... and good looking.

Chris
Are the fans Silent Wings 1? Silent Wings 2 sold separately is newer product?

Ordered this beauty (and a beast!) during weekend. Still waiting it to arrive. Hope it comes tomorrow. Was even cheaper than Noctua.
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