Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review: Page 5 of 7

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00am

System Config & Installation

Testing Hardware:

  • Asus ROG Maximus XI Formula
  • Intel Core i9-9900K
  • 32GB HyperX Predator RGB 3200Mhz DDR4
  • OCZ RD400 512GB
  • Corsair RM1000 Power supply
  • Windows 10 Professional

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

We start out by installing our Intel Core i9-9900K into our system.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

We then dig out all of the hardware out of the baggie labeled for Intel sockets.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

You first install 4 bolts through the backplate and snap the included O-rings over them to keep them in place, as well as using them as spacers.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

The backplate sits over the socket backplate and has holes for the ILM bolts to stick through.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

On the business side, you install four standoffs as shown.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

Afterward, the two mounting arms screw down to these.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

We used every bit of the paste included with the cooler to make a small pea-sized blob. We wish Be Quiet would include just a bit more paste in case you need to re-apply. There is exactly what you need for one install and no extra.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

After squishing the cooler into place (after removing the clear protective film) we used the crossbar mounting arm to hold it down.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

The bracket aligns the cooler and keeps it from sliding side to side.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim Air Cooler Review

The last step is to snap the fan over the cooler and plug it in. Now, let's go see how it does!

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