be quiet Dark Rock TF Top Flow Review
Introduction and Technical Specification
Published: 25th June 2015 | Source: be quiet | Price: 64.99 |
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.
|AMD||AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ FM2, FM2+|
|Base Material||Nickel coated copper|
|Fins||Top 62, Bottom 64*|
|Fans||2x135mm Silent Wings|
* 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.
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.