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beQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2

Our first item from them is their newest CPU coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2. The new Dark Rock Pro 2 falls into the same category as the recently reviewed Phanteks TC14PE as they both are twin tower-designed cooler. We have seen over the past few years that dual tower coolers have been the best performing cooler and are big hits for the enthusiasts and overclockers. But how does the new Dark Rock Pro fare? Check out the rest of the review and find out.

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Our first item from them is their newest CPU coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2. The new Dark Rock Pro 2 falls into the same category as the recently reviewed Phanteks TC14PE as they both are twin tower-designed cooler. We have seen over the past few years that dual tower coolers have been the best performing cooler and are big hits for the enthusiasts and overclockers. But how does the new Dark Rock Pro fare? Check out the rest of the review and find out.

 

Introduction to the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU Cooler

Today I am feeling could of lucky. We have finally established a working relation with Germany’s most popular power supply company, Be Quiet. Be Quiet is the reigning king of power supplies in the Germany but they also make other components like fans and coolers. Be Quiet’s main focus is the produce low noise high performance cooling devices.

Our first item from them is their newest CPU coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 2. The new Dark Rock Pro 2 falls into the same category as the recently reviewed Phanteks TC14PE as they both are twin tower-designed cooler. We have seen over the past few years that dual tower coolers have been the best performing cooler and are big hits for the enthusiasts and overclockers. But how does the new Dark Rock Pro fare? Check out the rest of the review and find out.

Be Quiet’s take on the Dark Rock Pro

The virtually silent Dark RockTM Pro 2 CPU Cooler puts our famous anti-noise technology where it counts: at the heart of your system. Its double tower, double fan design is perfect for overclocked systems and the most demanding multi-graphics platforms.

Twin quiet-optimized SilentWings® 2 fans with PWM function and seven ultra-high performance heat pipes generate massive 220W TDP cooling capacity. Special wave-contoured fins minimize turbulence noise and maximize heat transfer, while a stable back plate ensures secure attachment even when the computer is being transported.

Dark Rock Pro 2: offering the greatest performance-to-noise ratio and highest reliability available.

Specifications

Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm): 147 x 138 x 166
Total weight (kg): 1.25
TDP (W):220
LGA2011 ready: ✓
Socket compatibility: Intel: LGA 775 / LGA 1155 / LGA 1156 / LGA 1366 / LGA 2011 AMD: FM1, AM2 (+) / AM3 (+) / 754/ 939 / 940
Back plate Mounting: ✓
Fan model, number: 1 x SilentWings PWM 120mm, 1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm
Anti vibration fan fixing
Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 900/1250/100% (rpm): 13.50 / 19.80 / 26.40

Heatsink_specifications

Dimensions (L x W x D), (mm): 135 x 135 x 25 / 120 x 120 x 25
Number of fins: 44
Fin material: Aluminum
Base material: Copper
CPU contact surface: CNC machined
Heat pipe number, Diameter (mm): 7x 6
Surface treatment: Aluminum / Dark nickel-plated

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General_fan_specifications

Fan dimensions (mm): 135 x 135 x 25 / 120 x 120 x 25
SilentWings: ✓
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm): 1500 / 1700
Air flow @ 12V (cfm, m3/h): 113.8 ; 67.8 / 93.3 ; 57.2
Air pressure @ 12V (mm H2O): 1.82 / 2.1
Bearing type: Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Rated voltage (V): 12
Input current (A): 0.25 / 0.20
Input power (W): 2.64 / 2.40
Connector: 4-pin PWM
Cable length (mm): 250 + 150 / 200
Lifespan (h / 25°C): 300,000

Accessories

Thermal grease (g): 1
Back plate mounting set: ✓
User manual languages: DE, EN, FR, ES, PL

Service

Warranty (Years): 3
International hotline / free of charge: ✓ / DE, FR

Logistics data, RRP

Range: DARK ROCK
Model number” BQ DR2-76-135
Article number: BK017
EAN Code: 4260052182857
RRP (€): 84.90

Features

Very quiet operation »

  • 135mm inner and 120mm front SilentWings® fan with PWM function for optimized fan speed throughout the entire working range provides the perfect balance between superior cooling and quiet. The specially developed wave shaped contour of the heat sink fins optimizes airflow and avoids noise generating turbulence.

Highly effective cooling »

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    • Seven ultra-high performance heat pipes with an oxygen-free copper layer help to transport the heat directly to the optimal place of the heat sinks.

First-class materials »

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    • Dark nickel-plated metal surfaces and a solid brushed aluminum cover. A stable back plate ensures secure attachment, even when the computer is being transported.

Product conception, design and quality control in Germany.

  • 3 years warranty

Closer look

As stated in the introduction of this review the Dark Rock Pro 2 has a dual tower design that is quite popular today. The design has propelled coolers like the Noctua D14 and the Phanteks TC14PE to the top of the cooling kingdom. But with the top notch performance do come some small knocks which usually lay in the area of memory heat spreader clearance and weight.

The Dark Rock Pro stands 6.5” tall and weighs 2.7 pounds when fully assembled. The height of the cooler is something many people can work around or simply don’t have issues with. The weighs maybe of concern for some as 2.7 pounds seems like a lot of stress on a mainboard. Mounting systems like the old Intel push pin would never support a cooler of this mass, improved mounting system allows the motherboard to take less of the pressure of such weight. Making it not much of a problem for many.

The cooler gets its name as you can guess from its appearance. The entire structure of the cooler is comprised of dark Nickel plated fins and heat pipes along with the black top plate and fans. Many companies are starting to develop coolers of colors other than the typical silver we always see for something even more neutral like black.

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 The cooler is made of 44 aluminum made fins on each of the towers. And if you didn’t know the reason twin tower setups are dominating the performance charts is due to its rather large of surface area for dissipating heat a big advantage over the single tower coolers. Removing the top plate we see that there is a wave-like channel going down the center of the fin array which allows the cooler to take full advantage of the fans.

Speaking of the top plate it is made of solid brushed aluminum. It adds to the sturdiness of cooler and hides much of what most people do not want to see. The plate is held one using a total of four screws. A nice touch to the cooler is the fact that Be Quiet capped off the ends of the heat pipes for a more attractive look.

The Dark Rock Pro uses seven 6mm heat pipes to take the job if transferring heat from the base to the fin array. The pipes are Nickel plated and made of copper. The pipes enter the fin array at different points of the towers allowing for the heat to be spread more effectively.

The base of the cooler is pretty shiny which is a result of the Nickel plating but there are still signs of machine lines that can be visually seen. The combination of the pipes, fins and the base helps the cooler to have a total of 220w of TDP cooling capacity.

To take care of the cooling responsibilities two SilentWings fans are used. On the outside is a 120mm version and in the middle a 135mm cooling unit. Because these are two different size units the specifications are totally different as well. The max rotation of each is 1700 and 1500 respectively. The CFM ratings are 93.3 and 113.8. The total dBA setting is 26.4.

The mounting hardware for the AMD socket goes back as far as the 754 and up to the latest AM3+ socket. The Intel route goes from 775 up to the current 2011 socket.

Mounting Images

Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  • Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  • Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  • Load temperatures are recorded by running LinX for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  • Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  • PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  • CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in “Test Hardware”.
  • Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  • Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.
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Testing Hardware:
1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX 1866 DDR3 16GB
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. Microcool Banchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Results

 

Conclusion

When it comes to size the Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 is one of the biggest coolers out right now. When it comes to noise level the Dark Rock Pro 2 is one of the quietest even for its size. And when it comes to cooling performance the Dark Rock Pro 2 is one of the best.

The Dark Rock Pro 2 is in the same league with the like of the Phanteks and Noctua twin tower coolers. This are units take we have come to love for their excellent performance and with that being said because of the performance of this cooler today it should be mentioned in the same breathe. Between the two competitors we mentioned only the Noctua offering matches the DRP2 in noise levels.

We know that Be Quiet puts out a high quality power supply and the same can be said about cooling products. The DRP2 is built with superior material and should provide the user with many years of cooling performance.

The only aspect of the cooler we did not prefer was the mounting. It’s not difficult to install but when it comes to mounting on Intel’s 2011 socket we have become accustom to having the screws that secured to the socket to be part of the CPU mounting hardware not a separate piece. Having the screws separate pieces can cause the user to have to apply more pressure than needed to align the holes of the cooler bracket and press down onto the screws.

Other than the mounting we loved the Dark Rock Pro 2.

We were not able to find any U.S. retailers carrying the cooler at the moment, so pricing as of now.

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