Tuesday, July 27th 2021

be quiet! Launches Dark Rock TF 2: High-end Cooling with Top-flow Design

be quiet!, the German manufacturer for premium PC components, is announcing Dark Rock TF 2. This high-end top-flow CPU cooler combines maximum cooling performance of up to 230 W TDP with virtually inaudible operation, thanks to its dual-heatsink design, six high-performance 6 mm heat pipes, and two Silent Wings 135 mm fans. Dark Rock TF 2 also looks the part with its brushed aluminium top cover and special black coating with ceramic particles, making it the ideal choice for all who strive for the highest yet quiet cooling performance in style.

For anyone looking for a true high-end cooler, Dark Rock TF 2 ticks all the right boxes. The dual-heatsink design with six high-performance copper heat pipes offers maximum performance even under extreme overclocking conditions and the top-flow design provides ideal cooling not only for the CPU but also for the surrounding motherboard components. Even so, Dark Rock TF 2 is virtually inaudible, thanks to a funnel-shaped Silent Wings 3 135 mm as the upper fan, and a Silent Wings 135 mm (without funnel-shaped entry) as the lower fan. Both fans are equipped with a durable fluid-dynamic bearing, smooth six-pole motors, and up to nine airflow-optimized fan blades, resulting in a low noise level of 27.1 dB(A) at 100% PWM speed. Anti-vibration rubber inserts on the heat sink fins further dampen unwanted operational sounds.
Elegant yet functional design for all build conditions
With its impressive 230 W cooling performance Dark Rock TF 2 performs exceptionally well, but also looks the part. The brushed aluminium cover gives it an elegant look while the special black coating with ceramic particles improves heat transfer compared to other, less sophisticated coating methods. The dual-heatsink design allows installation of memory modules with a height of up to 49 mm, while installation of the cooler itself is effortless thanks to the optimized mounting kit with a fixed cooler mounting bridge. Even though Dark Rock TF 2 includes two fans, users looking for high-end cooling in more compact builds can utilize the cooler in single-fan assembly for a low overall height. be quiet! offers a three-year manufacturer's warranty on Dark Rock TF 2.
Dark Rock TF 2 is available from August 10 at a recommended retail price (MSRP) of $85.90 / €85.90 / £79.99.
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24 Comments on be quiet! Launches Dark Rock TF 2: High-end Cooling with Top-flow Design

#1
dj-electric
Grass grows, birds fly, sun shines and brother, I cool CPUs
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#2
DeathtoGnomes
dj-electricGrass grows, birds fly, sun shines and brother, I cool CPUs
blow harder?? :eek:
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#3
maxfly
Would have been an excellent hsf when i was still using my haf-x.
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#4
bonehead123
Why no pics ???

At least they stated the msrp, unlike a lot of other mfgr's who send PR's here :)
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#5
maxfly
bonehead123Why no pics ???

At least they stated the msrp, unlike a lot of other mfgr's who send PR's here :)
You have to disable your adblocker.
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#6
ixi
bonehead123Why no pics ???

At least they stated the msrp, unlike a lot of other mfgr's who send PR's here :)
There are added pictures :).
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#7
Tomorrow
maxflyYou have to disable your adblocker.
Or disable filter rule within easylist subscription in adblocker settings. A better alternative than disabling the entire thing.
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#8
TheDeeGee
Highly recommend changing rear fan to intake (filtered ofcourse) with a cooler like this.

For a while i had the Noctua NH-C14S in my Define 7. I had 2 Front Intake, 1 Rear Intake and 3 Top Exhaust. it dropped the CPU temps by 3-5C swapping the rear fan (GPU stayed the same).
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#9
Vayra86
Im strugglng to find a diffrence with the DRTF1.

Maybe its more black in some places, but...
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#10
dicktracy
Looks like a great match for NR200
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#11
DeathtoGnomes
Vayra86Im strugglng to find a diffrence with the DRTF1.

Maybe its more black in some places, but...
I was gonna suggest RGB to be the difference, but the fan is more black than RGB. :D :p
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#12
n-ster
For the curious, looks like a different fan, top plate, thicker/denser fins, and I hope a better mounting system. It's a great cooler but I have a hard time seeing the use-case considering it's still 134mm high. The Shadow Rock TF 2 at least makes sense with 112mm height



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#14
AusWolf
n-sterFor the curious, looks like a different fan, top plate, thicker/denser fins, and I hope a better mounting system. It's a great cooler but I have a hard time seeing the use-case considering it's still 134mm high. The Shadow Rock TF 2 at least makes sense with 112mm height



Agreed.

I like the clean design of be quiet! CPU coolers, but I wish they figured out something better for the fan mount instead of the flimsy bent metal thread.
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#15
crazyeyesreaper
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n-sterFor the curious, looks like a different fan, top plate, thicker/denser fins, and I hope a better mounting system. It's a great cooler but I have a hard time seeing the use-case considering it's still 134mm high. The Shadow Rock TF 2 at least makes sense with 112mm height



I have a feeling the second fan likely doesn't improve performance a great deal but since their coolers are quiet its still a welcome addition. With the top fan removed its 109 mm tall. Something to keep in mind. depending on the case or situation a swap to a slim fan would still shave about 10 mm off and since its a top flow design it will cool VRM components etc. So there are some interesting fringe benefits. Eitherway i got one coming for review. So eventually i will be able to see whats what.
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#16
CheapMeat
Hell yes!!! I'm going to try these on my dual system.
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#17
Turmania
I like it. Now if we can have a review on it.
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#18
n-ster
crazyeyesreaperI have a feeling the second fan likely doesn't improve performance a great deal but since their coolers are quiet its still a welcome addition. With the top fan removed its 109 mm tall. Something to keep in mind. depending on the case or situation a swap to a slim fan would still shave about 10 mm off and since its a top flow design it will cool VRM components etc. So there are some interesting fringe benefits. Eitherway i got one coming for review. So eventually i will be able to see whats what.
Nice, looking forward to the review! I'd probably go with the Shadow TF 2 at 112mm if restricted to 115mm or less, considering the Dark costs 40% more, you'd lose the black look though. It'll be interesting to see how it does against something like a U12A or a Dark Rock 4. I wish Noctua would come out with something like a C12A chromax black :D
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#19
ThrashZone
Hi,
I was just going to get a TF last week and didn't lol
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#20
dyonoctis
Vayra86Im strugglng to find a diffrence with the DRTF1.

Maybe its more black in some places, but...
Also a much, much better mounting system. Trust me, you don't want to experience the "old school Bequiet mounting experience"
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#21
ThrashZone
dyonoctisAlso a much, much better mounting system. Trust me, you don't want to experience the "old school Bequiet mounting experience"
Hi,
Yeah have to look into that :/
The worst I've ever seen mounted from the back of the board hope it's not that bad ?
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#22
dyonoctis
ThrashZoneHi,
Yeah have to look into that :/
The worst I've ever seen mounted from the back of the board hope it's not that bad ?
Not as bad (tough bequiet had a few models using exactly that), but you got 4 little bolts to fasten, wich can take a while
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#23
ThrashZone
Hi,
Yeah thought I saw a little wrench that would not be easy to get all the way around on many boards for sure :/
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#24
Vayra86
ThrashZoneHi,
I was just going to get a TF last week and didn't lol
Snag it on discount as the old ones go eol!
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