Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Be Quiet! Also Shows Off Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler

The Dark Rock LP isn't the only C-type heatsink on display by Be Quiet. The company's more performance-oriented Dark Rock TF is a bigger, chunkier sibling of the Dark Rock LP. What may look C-type at first-glance, is more like "G-type" on closer look. The heatsink is built up of three units, two aluminium fin-stacks, and the CPU base, connected to each other in a capital-G shape, by six 6 mm-thick nickel-plated copper heat pipes. The bigger top fin-stack holds both 135 mm Silent Wings PWM fans, in a push-pull fashion, which ends up being top-flow. The Dark Rock TF can handle thermal loads of up to 220W, which means it's game for even AMD's feisty FX-9000 series eight-core chips, and Intel's Core i7 "Haswell-E."
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12 Comments on Be Quiet! Also Shows Off Dark Rock TF CPU Cooler

#1
Darksword
In this day and age, I just don't see the point of these massive air HSF anymore.
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#2
Jorge
Large HSFs are still needed for some CPUs or for overclocked CPUs. As noted AMD's FK-9000 series is rated at 220w and requires a top end HSF for proper cooling. In addition the larger HSFs are pretty cool looking and quite effective. They are simple and reliable.

Personally I prefer the tower style coolers as they direct the heat away from the mobo and components. You can buy them at moderate prices depending on which model you desire. Obviously a HSF never leaks coolant to damage PC hardware as liquid coolers do, so it's a no brainer to pay less for a top quality HSF than to use a more expensive, inferior liquid cooler that costs more and doesn't cool as well as an equal or lower priced HSF.
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#3
adulaamin
DarkswordIn this day and age, I just don't see the point of these massive air HSF anymore.
I used to think like that before. I thought why by a Noctua NH-D14 when I can buy an AIO? I bought an Antec Kuhler H2O 920 that leaked after 1 1/2 years of use. Damn thing killed the motherboard and CPU. I've gone back to air cooling since then. I would've bought a Noctua NH-D15 if didn't interfere with the first PCI-E slot of my motherboard.
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#4
Nordic
JorgeLarge HSFs are still needed for some CPUs or for overclocked CPUs. As noted AMD's FK-9000 series is rated at 220w and requires a top end HSF for proper cooling. In addition the larger HSFs are pretty cool looking and quite effective. They are simple and reliable.
Wow. The first positive in support of something post I have seen by Jorge. Its a new year.
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#5
Xzibit
I've gone through Antec, Thermaltake & Corsair AIO closed loop coolers and I've gone back to using air coolers too. Now the only noises I hear is the air circulating and the HDD accessing. No more fan ramping up and down during loads or the water pump. Its also just a 3-5c difference in the summer between AIO and decent Air Cooling. You don't need a cinder block air cooler either, good base, pipes & fan. Just have one system left with a AIO and i'll eventually switch that one back to air but I don't use it as much so it doesn't bother me for now.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
XzibitI've gone through Antec, Thermaltake & Corsair AIO closed loop coolers and I've gone back to using air coolers too. Now the only noises I hear is the air circulating and the HDD accessing. No more fan ramping up and down during loads or the water pump. Its also just a 3-5c difference in the summer between AIO and decent Air Cooling. You don't need a cinder block air cooler either, good base, pipes & fan. Just have one system left with a AIO and i'll eventually switch that one back to air but I don't use it as much so it doesn't bother me for now.
easier to maintain pretty much, only a custom loop can go further for WC compared to AIO (not a fan period)
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#7
bentan77
DarkswordIn this day and age, I just don't see the point of these massive air HSF anymore.
Because they can still perform comparably with AIOs while generally being cheaper and quieter at the same time.
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#8
Dave65
bentan77Because they can still perform comparably with AIOs while generally being cheaper and quieter at the same time.
I can see a need for these I guess for some, but I just couldn't go back to an air cooler..
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#9
Asusx79
Back with an air cooler myself after Coolermaster Eisburg 240 leaked in half a year destroying $3000. build. Water and electricity not a good mix, never again trying the NH-D15.
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#10
hat
Enthusiast
Maybe liquid cooler manufacturers ought to have some kind of warranty or insurance or something in case their cooler leaks and blows up your computer...
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#11
Norton
hatMaybe liquid cooler manufacturers ought to have some kind of warranty or insurance or something in case their cooler leaks and blows up your computer...
Corsair covered damage to one of KieX's rigs when an H100 leaked and killed his video cards along with some other stuff....
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