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Today's review will focus on be quiet!'s Dark Rock 3, the little brother to the Dark Rock Pro 3. Featuring six 6 mm heatpipes, a 135 x 25 mm 1400 RPM PWM fan, 51 wave-contour, dark nickel-plated aluminum fins, and dripping in style, I expect it to be an exceptional performer. That said, you are not reading this review to hear me speculate, so let us get to it to see just how well be quiet!'s Dark Rock 3 performs!



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Sadly, it's almost impossible to buy any of the Be Quiet products State side. They almost seem to be exclusively sold in Europe.

I tried buying a Dark Rock CPU cooler from Performance PCs just this week and they cancelled my order telling me that it is only sold in Germany. headscratch.gif
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well that suck, that we can't buy them. is it above average performance?
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NCIX are the main source of be quiet! products in the US/CA at the moment. Hopefully you'll get more retailers soon.
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post #5 of 23
Cools to the same level as a Phanteks PH-TC14PE, only uses one fan, it is quiet and a easy to remember name without random letters from the alphabet.

This is a good cooler.
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Originally Posted by mam72 View Post

Cools to the same level as a Phanteks PH-TC14PE, only uses one fan, it is quiet and a easy to remember name without random letters from the alphabet.

This is a good cooler.
This review really doesn't seem right. In most other reviews the PH-TC14PE comes out as the best performer, along with the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme and NH-D15. There is absolutely no chance that this single fan cooler beats any of them.

Either they have horrible testing practices, or something fishy is going on.
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post #7 of 23
Holy cow, that little monster is fantastic.

Might be time to upgrade my Hyper 212. biggrin.gif
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So it looks like the Dark Rock 3 is a single tower and there is also a Dark Rock 3 Pro that is a double tower for $20 more @ NCIXUS.com... but they want $18 shipping.....
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post #9 of 23
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This review really doesn't seem right. In most other reviews the PH-TC14PE comes out as the best performer, along with the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme and NH-D15. There is absolutely no chance that this single fan cooler beats any of them.

Either they have horrible testing practices, or something fishy is going on.

I was about to say the exact same thing. The PH-TC14PE and Silver Arrow SB-E are always at the top of the charts when it comes to air cooling benchmarks.
post #10 of 23
Techpowerup's heatsink reviews are terribly inconsistent.

For example, they have the Phanteks PH-TC12DX only 2 degrees behind the PH-TC14PE.

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Take a look at the 2 coolers and make your own conclusions about the accuracy of TPU's testing:

Here's the TC14PE, a huge dual-tower cooler with 140mm fans.
index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=10762

Here's the TC12DX, which only has 1 tower, and uses 120mm fans vs. 140mm on the TC14PE.
index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=20489
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