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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 CPU Cooler

Posted April 2, 2014 by Vinny Petronio in Cooling


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Performance, build quality, quiet running, price


Close tolerances to motherboard heat sinks and RAM height.
If you're looking for great aesthetics, exceptional quality, and superior, yet quiet performance, then I highly recommend the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 for your next build.
by Vinny Petronio
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Features and Specifications:

Model BK019

No Compromise Silence and Performance:

Dark Rock™ CPU coolers have long been category leaders, and now the significantly upgraded Dark Rock Pro 3 is even more powerful. This virtually inaudible double-tower CPU cooler puts famous be quiet SilentWings® technology in your PC where it really counts. They are excellent for overclocked systems and demanding multi-graphics platforms.

Dark Rock Pro 3 offers top performance-to-noise ratio and the highest reliability available. Improved cooling efficiency (250W TDP) and really silent operation (only 26.1dB (A) at maximum speed) mean this cooler strikes the perfect balance between cooling and serenity —truly silence and performance without compromises.

Immensely high cooling efficiency:

  •  Improved dynamic wave-contour cooling fins with small dots on the surface increase air circulation and contribute to high convection efficiency without raising overall noise
  •  Enhanced double-tower layout offers reduced weight and enables high cooling power
  •  Support of additional 120mm fan for extreme cooling performance (free fan clips are included in the scope of delivery)
  •  Seven high-performance heat pipes with copper lining and aluminum caps carry heat to the optimal location on the cooling fins, maximizing heat conductance
  •  The immensely high cooling capacity of 250W TDP offers low temperature even at peak performance
  •  New arrangement of heat pipes enhances the cooling capability

Virtually inaudible Fan operation:

  •  Two SilentWings® PWM fans (front: 120mm, inner: 135mm) with advanced copper core fluid dynamic bearing and dynamically-balanced impeller provide optimal cooling with deep serenity
  •  Inner 135mm SilentWings® PWM fan features nine airflow-optimized fan blades and an innovative 6-pole motor for smoother operation and less vibration
  •  Decoupled fan mount with vibration-isolating elements on the heat sink
  •  Noise is at scant 26.1dB(A) even at 100% PWM function


Product conception, design and quality control in Germany:

  • Compatibility with all current Intel® and AMD™ sockets
  • Completely dark nickel-plated heat sink
  •  Brushed aluminum top cover with high-grade diamond cut finish
  • 3-year warranty
  • Quick support is available via our international hotline, Mondays to Fridays from 9:00am to 5:30PM German local time: +49 (0) 40-736 76 86 – 98

Main Specification:

  • Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm) 150 x 137 x 163
  • Total weight (kg) 1.197
  • TDP (W) 250
  • Socket compatibility Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011
  • AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2 (+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2 (+)
  • LGA1150 ready✓
  • Backplate Mounting✓
  • Fan model, number1 x SilentWings PWM 120mm, 1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm
  • Anti-vibration fan fixing-
  • Overall noise level (dB (A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm) 13.2 / 19.5 / 26.1

Heatsink specifications:

  • Dimensions (L x W x D), (mm) 123 x 133 x 163
  • Number of fins 90
  • Fin material Aluminum
  • Base material Copper
  • CPU contact surface CNC machined
  • Heatpipe number 7, Diameter 6 (mm)
  • Surface treatment Aluminum / Dark nickel-plate
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    As a bequiet user i have to say that they are indeed quality and really do live up to the name,i am a very satisfied user

      Vinny Petronio

      Yes I have to agree they are right up there at the top for quality and performance and one of the quietest coolers to date.

    Sam Nicko

    Excellent review Vinny 🙂

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