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be quiet! Dark Rock TF Review

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Introduction


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! is a top-tier manufacturer of a great number of PC products, including power supplies, heatsinks, fans, and, as of recently, cases. Not just padding shelves with products, many of their offerings have won numerous awards from reviewers and readers alike, which goes to show that be quiet! has earned its popularity by following through on its mantra of "no compromise silence and performance." Offering coolers that occasionally beat out Noctua in terms of noise, be quiet! has certainly earned its rock-solid reputation. Should they continue to follow their mantra, be quiet! will undoubtedly continue to grow and expand with a large degree of success.

In today's review, I will be taking a look at the Dark Rock TF, a dual-fan, top-flow design that features six Ø6 mm heatpipes and two 135 mm SilentWings fans. Much like the Noctua NH-C14S, be quiet!'s offering is similar, but does stand apart with its dual-heatsink design. It will be interesting to see if the extra surface area and second fan give it an edge over the Noctua cooler since both belong to the same price segment.

Specifications
MANUFACTURER:be quiet!
MODEL:Dark Rock TF
SOCKET SUPPORT:Intel: LGA775, LGA1150, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, LGA2011
AMD: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, FM2+
HEATSINK:Material: Aluminum (Fins) Copper (Heatpipes & Base)
Dimensions: 162.6 mm x 140 mm x 130.8 mm
Heatpipes: Ø6 mm - 6pcs
Weight: 810 g (w/fans)
FANS:Model: SilentWings BQ SW3-13525-MF-PWM
Dimensions: 135 mm x 135 mm x 22 mm
Fan Speed: 1400 RPM (PWM)
Fan Airflow: 67.8 CFM
Fan Noise: 26.7 dBA
FEATURES:Dual SilentWings 135mm fans
Vibration-isolating elements
Six high performance heatpipes
Dual heatsink design
Six poles fan motor
Aluminum heatpipe caps
WARRANTY:Three years
MSRP:$79.90
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