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be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 [review]

April 7, 2013 in Cooling, CPU, Intel, Overclocking, PC, Review

 

Installation

The first step is choosing the mounting brackets for the application (1155/6, 2011, AM3…) and mounting them to the HSF base. mini-100_4331mini-100_4333mini-100_4336

Next the back plate should be mounted, making sure to apply the E (C)-clips and plastic washers as directed. mini-100_4191mini-100_4192

After the back plate is properly secured the supplied TIM should be applied., HSF mounted and fan attached. mini-100_4338mini-100_4340mini-100_4341

When mounting the Dark Rock Pro 2 active cooling of the motherboard PWM sinks with the larger fan was implemented as the memory used in the test-bed is low voltage, low profile at stock speeds and would not benefit as much from the additional cooling. Clearance space for taller memory modules is abundant (standard height and some performance modules), wiring is not impeded and the HSF does not block access to other components or PCIe slots. mini-100_4346mini-100_4351mini-100_4347mini-100_4350

The Height of the HSF is the only potential drawback. As is observed in the center image below (7.75 w case). mini-100_4358mini-100_4343mini-100_4360

Introduction
Packaging, contents and specifications
A closer look at design
Performance
Conclusion

 
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