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bequiet! Dark Rock 3 190W TDP

Posted October 22, 2014 by Vinny Petronio in Cooling


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Price at time of Review: MSRP $69.99 US


Strong cooling performance,Low noise output,PWM fan,Well built, Rich appearance, 135mm SilentWings adjustable fan to avoid RAM interference, warrenty


Difficult mounting proceedure, Price
The bottom line is, if you dont mind spending a bit more money and are looking for a silent cooler with high quality, and great performance, the bequiet! Dark Rock 3 should be on everyone's short list.
by Vinny Petronio
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One name that comes to mind when you are talking about superior air cooling performance is bequiet!. As you may already know, bequiet! has now become one of the industry leaders with their Dark Rock series of high performance air coolers. Well bequiet! is at it again, entering the ring with a new middleweight contender called the Dark Rock 3. It is a single stack profile in a push configuration which is geared for those higher end rigs and gaming cases that offer very little space around the CPU area.


Today we will be taking an up close and personal look at another addition to the bequiet! family of coolers. The Dark rock 3 is a single tower mid-size cooler that includes the same technologies we have seen in bequiet!’s larger builds with their wave contour fin designs. The Dark rock 3 sports a 190w TDP and smaller profile, done in the same dark nickel plating. Six high performance heat pipes are embedded within the block, along with bequiet!’s signature black aluminum top. All this is packed together in a smaller footprint. Read on and let us see how this middleweight contender stacks up against the competition. Can it pack a punch like its heavy weight bigger brother? We’ll find out!

Our Thanks go out to bequiet! for providing us with our review sample.

About bequiet:

bequiet! Is a premium brand manufacturer of power supplies and cooling solutions for your desktop PC.

The Number 1 for power supplies in Germany

bequiet! Products are convincing which is proved by reaching and defending the market leadership in PSU business in Germany since 2006 *. This is validated and accompanied by numerous awards for both power supplies and cooling solutions.

Repeated winner: Manufacturer of the year

bequiet! is awarded for eight times in a row as “Manufacturer of the Year” in the power supply category by the readers of the well-known German hardware magazine PC Games Hardware. In the category “fans”, be quiet! Earns the first rank for four consecutive times and belongs to the Top 3 CPU cooler brands for more than three years in a row. The community of Hardware luxx also voted be quiet!, “Manufacturer of the Year” in the PSU category for three consecutive years.


Dark Rock 3 Specifications

Main Specs

Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm)
97 x 137 x 160
Total weight (kg) 0.976
TDP (W) 190
Socket compatibility
Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011(-3) Square ILM
AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2(+) / AM3(+) / FM1 / FM2(+)
LGA1150 ready
Backplate Mounting
1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm
Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm)
8.4 / 13.6 / 21.1

Heatsink specifications

Dimensions (L x W x H), (mm)
73 x 132 x 160
Number of fins 51
Fin material: Aluminium
Base material: Copper
CPU contact surface: CNC machined
Heatpipe number / Diameter (mm): 6, 6
Surface treatment: Aluminium / Dark nickel-plated




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