bequiet Dark Rock 3 Review

Fitting

bequiet Dark Rock 3 Review

Fitting

Fitting the Dark Rock 3 is exactly the same process as for the other bequiet coolers we're recently reviewed, in fact as a little experiment showed, the mounting mechanisms are actually to a greater degree interchangeable.  First job is to attach the mounting brackets to the base plate, with separate brackets being supplied for both Intel and AMD.  Next up, we screw in the double ended bolts.  If you're using anything other than 2011 you'll also be using the universal back plate, so let's hope your motherboard tray has a nice cut out in the rear.

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The bulk of the cooler is then located atop the mounting bolts and screwed down tight.  We've removed the RAM and the fan to make it easier to get at the bolts.

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Although the Dark rock 3 isn't the thickest cooler in the world it does in fact come right up against the RAM when it's re installed, Not actually overhanging, but most definitely abutting.

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The Rock 3 fills the cavernous interior of the Cooler Master "Test Trooper" reasonably well.  Shame they couldn't make it so the badge was the right way up though.

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Most Recent Comments

25-06-2014, 16:33:56

roelst
Is it just me or are those fins on the baseplate mounted the wrong way? If they turned them 90 degrees, the fan would have more influence on those.

Anyway, it is a nice looking cooler!Quote

26-06-2014, 01:35:47

Yoda/Gaz
Love the look of the Be quiet Dark Rock 3 but wish they would sort out the poor mounting system :PQuote

26-06-2014, 02:35:13

demonking
temps don't look right on the 4.4 test.
pro3 has 67.7c with delta of 47.1c and rock3 67.3c with delta 47.3c but both have an ambient of 20c??????.
Am i missing something as that math dos not seem correct or is the rock3 actually outperforming its big bro?Quote

26-06-2014, 12:07:26

looz
Sorry for moaning but would it be possible to upload those charts in .PNG?

Surprisingly good results!Quote

26-06-2014, 12:36:17

Wraith
Very nice offering from Be Quiet! Quality review Gary.
Pros: Colour, nicely lapped base, fins have nice spacing, multi socket brackets, 6x heat pipes.
Cons: Only 1x set of fan mounts leaving out push pull option.Quote
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