bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Review

Fitting

bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 Review

Fitting

I's fair to say that fitting large tower CPU coolers can feel a little like rogering yourself with a cactus.  It doesn't matter how careful you are, how much time you take to ease things into place and how carefully you read the instructions, it's still a massive pain in the anus.  Granted anally insertable cacti don't usually come with instructions, or for that matter a box of accessories but I was on a bit of a role with the analogy and I wasn't going to let a simple matter like that stop me.

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Putting the cactus analogies aside for now, the first step is to attach the appropriate mounting brackets for either Intel (everything since 775), or AMD, (everything since the dawn of time).  So far so good, but the real fun has yet to begin.

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Still feeling quite relaxed, this is where you attach the mounting pins to your motherboard or through to the universal back plate if you're using one.  Thus far we haven't felt the need to remove the motherboard but all that could change.

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Remembering to add a dolopette of your chosen TIM the cooler drops in place atop the mounting pins.  Actually there's a bit more to it than that if we're honest, we had o remove the GPU, the RAM, the top of the case and the front fan from the cooler to allow access.  But hey, the Motherboard is still in. 

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All in all it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be, ok so we had to remove a fair bit of hardware but that's pretty much a universal process if you're fitting a large tower cooler so we can't lambast bequiet for that.  The little spanner they provide for doing up the retaining bolts came in handy although it could do with being a little more robust, and as there are no tensioning springs to guide we simply followed bequiet's instructions to "do them up tight but be careful"

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It takes a big cooler to fill the inside of the Cooler Master "Test Trooper" and the bequiet Dark Rock Pro 3 is certainly a big cooler.  We think it looks perfectly proportioned in there having almost forgotten just how much of a case presence a decent looking tower cooler can have.  No LED fans or glowing badges here, just a big chunk of hairline brushed black Aluminium visible through the case window.      

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Most Recent Comments

10-03-2014, 07:06:43

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...110016352l.png

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


Continue Reading

10-03-2014, 12:22:41

TheLostOne
Lovely review as always !

10-03-2014, 12:24:27

tinytomlogan
Aye Gary does a cracking job

10-03-2014, 14:02:39

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

10-03-2014, 14:06:34

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

10-03-2014, 18:23:31

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

10-03-2014, 21:44:35

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

10-03-2014, 23:48:20

StaticFX
Quote:
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 tried

11-03-2014, 02:33:25

TheLostOne
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?

11-03-2014, 05:00:19

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

11-03-2014, 05:32:59

tinytomlogan
Quote:
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 mate

11-03-2014, 06:17:13

WillSK
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!

11-03-2014, 06:17:22

sprintdmc
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
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