be quiet Dark Rock TF Top Flow Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

be quiet Dark Rock TF Review


In a market increasingly dominated by AIOs, it's nice to take see that there's still a place for a good old fashioned traditional tower CPU cooler in all its heatpipey glory.  We say traditional, but if you haven't noticed already, the "TF" nomenclature actually identifies the latest offering from be quiet as being a Top Flow cooler, meaning of course that the fans are mounted so as to direct air not just through the fin stack, but also down onto the motherboard, something that's never a bad thing.  With a TDP of some 220W all indicators point to the TF having some mean CPU cooling credentials.  Looking at it though we can't help but think there's an awful lot of fan and not a lot of actual heatsink.  It'll be interesting to see how the TF fares when it hits our famous Torture Tests. 

Technical Specification   

 Intel 775,115x, 2011(-3) 
 AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ FM2, FM2+
 Dimensions 162.6X140X130.8mm (LxWxH) 
 Weight 0.81kg
 Base Material Nickel coated copper
 Fins Top 62, Bottom 64*
 Heat-pipes 6x6mm
 Fans 2x135mm Silent Wings
 Fan Speed 1400rpm
 Fan Noise 26.7dB(A)
 Air Flow 67.8cfm
 Air Pressure 1.85mmH2O


* be quiet's information states Top fin stack has 62 elements and bottom has 64.  When we counted we found top has 62 excluding the cover plate, but the bottom bank only has 31 fin elements.  That's right guys, we don't just take the manufacturers word for it.

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Most Recent Comments

25-06-2015, 14:19:37

It's a shame it performs poorly out of the box. Mainly due to the fans? I wonder how the single fan configuration performs, these down-draft coolers are great for height restricted HTPC / SFF builds.

I've got a NH-C14 that matches the NH-D14 nearly step for step on a 3960X workstation at work. Wouldn't the Be Quiet TF cooler look nice with some Noctua NF-A14's or NF-P14's strapped on there? I bet those temps would drop a tad too.

They should have followed Noctuas lead and put in some fin stack pass-throughs to allow easy access to the mounting kit.

25-06-2015, 14:30:54

Well most of these top down units are not realy for ultamate oc'ing there more for the budget mobo's that dont have mosfet heatsinks such as a lot of the budget FM2/+ mobos that can overclock, but you will still see in the manufactures notes that a top down heat sink is recommended.Quote

25-06-2015, 15:39:33

I'd say the price range of these places it out of the budget territory that something like the Zalman CNPS series or CM GeminII cover.Quote

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