From the be quiet! website:
#1 for power supplies in Germany
be quiet! products are convincing, which is proven by the company reaching the leadership position of Germany's PSU market in 2006 and defending it since. Their position has also been validated by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions.
Repeated winner of Manufacturer of the Year
Readers of the well-know German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware have awarded be quiet! the Manufacturer of the Year award six times in a row. Another first and second rank in the categories "fans" and "coolers" for two consecutive years underline the high acceptance of our products.
be quiet! has established itself as a premiere manufacturer when it comes to power supplies, heatsinks, and fans. They have won numerous awards from reviewers and readers alike, and while they are still a newcomer to the North American market, they have managed to establish themselves all the same with the Dark Rock 2, Dark Rock Pro 2, and Shadow Rock 2. It is no wonder they are becoming as popular as they are when you consider their mantra of "no compromise silence and performance".
be quiet!'s legacy of quality and excellence started with their power supplies. Rather than stop there, they expanded to include fans, coolers, thermal pastes, and more. With success, however, one must continue to move forward, which be quiet! has done. Improving on their previous designs and offering best-in-class build quality, it becomes very easy to see how they won and continue to win so many rewards.
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!
|MODEL:||Dark Rock 3|
|SOCKET SUPPORT:||Intel: LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011|
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+, 754, 939
|HEATSINK:||Material: Aluminum (Fins) Copper (Heatpipes & Base) Dark Nickel-plated|
Dimensions: 97 mm x 137 mm x 160 mm
Heatpipes: Ø6 mm - 6pcs
Weight: 976 g (w/fan)
|FANS:||Model: SilentWings BQ SIW3-13525-Mf-PWM|
Dimensions: 135 mm x 135 mm x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 1400 RPM (PWM)
Fan Airflow: 67.8 CFM
Fan Noise: 20.8 dBA
|FEATURES:||Full aluminum top cover|
Wave-contour cooling fins
Six high performance heatpipes
Twelve aluminum heatpipe caps