bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Review


It's been quite a while since we've looked at a bequiet product, all the way back to March 2012 in fact when we put the shadow Rock top flow through it's paces.  This apparent hiatus doesn't mean the German based company have been resting up and taking things easy though, far from it, as the suffix of this Dark Rock cooler would imply, they're now onto their third generation of coolers.

With the CPU cooling world increasingly gravitating towards AIO solutions there's something quite refreshing about getting your hands on a good chunk of tower cooler and the Pro 3 is certainly a beefy bugger, measuring as it does 137x163x150mm (WxHxD) it looks and feels substantial.  Throw in the twin stack and twin fan configuration, combined with seven 6mm heat pipes and we should have the right ingredients for an epic air cooler.  All being well, with a hint from the name of the firm and fingers crossed it'll go about its business without creating to much racket thus completing the holy cooler trinity of effective, quiet and attractive.  Let's stick it on the grill and turn up the heat.  Oh we do love torturing coolers here at OC3D.


Technical Specification

 Name Dark Rock Pro 3
 Dimensions 137x163x150mm (WxHxD)

 Intel:  775, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011

 AMD:  754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2

 TDP 250W

 Base Plate:  Copper

 Het Pipes:  Copper

 Fins:  Aluminium

 Surface Treatment Dark Nickel Plating
 Weight 1.197kg

 1x 120mm Silent wings 1400-1700rpm

 1x 135mm Silent wings 1400-1700rpm

 Noise 13.2, 19.5, 26.1dB(A) @ 50, 75, 100% of 1700rpm
Heat pipes7x6mm



  • 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
    • 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 
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Most Recent Comments

10-03-2014, 07:06:43


bequiet have been refreshing their range of coolers. Best we have a little look

Continue ReadingQuote

10-03-2014, 12:22:41

Lovely review as always !Quote

10-03-2014, 12:24:27

Aye Gary does a cracking jobQuote

10-03-2014, 14:02:39

i actually just won one of these! its in transit right now! very excited!Quote

10-03-2014, 14:06:34

What about measurements under the cooler for DIM heights? I can't see that cooler fitting over my Dominator Platinums.Quote

10-03-2014, 18:23:31

Would it really be so difficult for them to rotate the name 90 degrees clockwise ?Quote

10-03-2014, 21:44:35

Having the logo where it is does kinda bother me but still an excellent cooler regardless.Quote

10-03-2014, 23:48:20

Originally Posted by Friction View Post
What about measurements under the cooler for DIM heights? I can't see that cooler fitting over my Dominator Platinums.
i have seen some pics.. its a close fit for any ram with heatsinks... but will fit most. .. now those, are a bit taller than norm i think, so you may have an issue.
Might need to find someone who has triedQuote

11-03-2014, 02:33:25

I have the Corsair Vengeance Pro kit with just 2-3mm to spare before touching the heatsink (of course on the Dark Rock Pro 2) Not sure they have the same clearance?Quote

11-03-2014, 05:00:19

Hmmmm must have. My Shadow Rock 2 will do the job for now Quote

11-03-2014, 05:32:59

Originally Posted by Friction View Post
What about measurements under the cooler for DIM heights? I can't see that cooler fitting over my Dominator Platinums.
LOL it wont mateQuote

11-03-2014, 06:17:13

I have to say I regret getting rid of my old BeQuiet cooler. I think when looking at performance vs. aesthetics their coolers are well up there!Quote

11-03-2014, 06:17:22

Looks like the be quiet cooler was made for the storm trooper case, really nice fit, a more mature look to it. A nice blacked out graphics card to finish it off Quote

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