CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

bequiet Dark RockTF

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

bequiet Dark RockTF

Price:  £64.99

Technical Specification

Dimensions130.8x140x162.6mm (HxWxD)
CPUIntel: 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 775, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD:  FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm copper pipes
FinsTop 62, Bottom 63
MaterialsAluminium fins, copper base
Fan Speed135mm @ 1400rpm
Noise LevelMax 26.7dB(A)
Air Flow67.8CFM 
Air Pressure1.85mmH2O


Up Close

Most bequiet coolers come packed in cardboard inserts.  The Dark RockTF however comes in its very own expanded polystyrene cocoon, and so is very well protected.  The fans are packed separately in separate boxes, with fan clips being provided to affix them to the body of the heat sink.

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The TF if you haven't already guessed stands for Top Flow, and as you can see this is a top down configured cooler.  The TF has two separate heat sink stacks, the lower being considerably smaller than the upper.

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Mounting the two fans above and below the upper fin stack was no easy task, as the spring clips were remarkably stiff and the distance they were required to reach felt like it was just a bit too far.  The 6x6mm heat pipes leave the contact plate on both sides, with a short run of just four pipes going to the lower stack, and all six heading up to the upper stack.

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The pipes are terminated with nice Matt black end caps which sit well against the satin black of the top cover.  The contact plate and heat pipes are finished in dark Nickel, with a great deal of messy soldering in evidence.

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The TF does look kinda smart in the case, and of course as it's a top down design it will aid cooling of motherboard mounted components and especially those components immediately around the CPU area.  The high angle of the heat pipes as they climb to the upper stack also means that the TF is compatible with tall RAM.  From a performance perspective the TF came bottom of the Top Flow charts and well down the ranking in the overall classification.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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