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be quiet! : Dark Rock Pro 3

By Andy

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Our Product Rating:

Looks Rating
Looks rating of 5 stars

Value Rating
Looks rating of 4 stars

Build Quality Rating
Looks rating of 5 stars

Overall Rating:
This product has a Gold Rating at Nismotech with an overall rating of 93% This product has been awarded the Nismotech Reviewers Award


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.

silent wingslga 2011 ready
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 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

Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2014
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


£69.99 - at the time of review on Wednesday 9th April 2014
Does not include P&P

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Without doubt one of the most attractive air cooled CPU coolers on the market today, with a stunning black top. Despite its massive size, it’s not too difficult to install on a standard ATX board, however I would recommend installing outside of the case. Fans are mega quiet and build quality is the best out there *NOTE* As we are yet to test the cooling, it’s difficult to compare this to other coolers, but once this has been done we will update.



Tech Specs

Model - Dark Rock Pro 3
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 (+)

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 fins90
Fin materialAluminium
Base materialCopper
CPU contact surfaceCNC machined
Heatpipe number, Diameter (mm)7, 6
Surface treatmentAluminium / Dark nickel-plated
General fan specifications

Fan dimensions (mm)135 x 135 x 22 / 120 x 120 x 25
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm)1400 / 1700
Air flow @ 12V (cfm, m3/h)67.8, 113.8 ; 57.2, 93.3
Air pressure @ 12V (mm H2O)2.1 / 1.23
Bearing typeFluid Dynamic Bearing
Motor technology-
Rated voltage (V)12
Input current (A)0.11 / 0.20
Input power (W)1.56 / 2.40
Connector4-pin PWM
Cable length (mm)200mm (135mm); 250mm (120mm)
Lifespan (h / 25°C)300.000


Thermal grease (g)Corning TC-5121 / 1
Backplate mounting set?
User manual languages DE, EN, FR, ES, PL

Warranty - (Years)3
International hotline / free of charge? / DE, FR
Logistics data,
Article number - BK019
EAN Code - 4260052183625
Dimensions - package (L x W x D), (mm)210 x 180 x 205
Gross weight - package (kg)1.62
Pieces per packaging - unit8
Dimensions - shipping box (L x W x D), (mm)460 x 560 x 428
Gross weight - shipping box (kg)21.13

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