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be quiet! DARK ROCK 3 SilentWings CPU Cooler - 190W TDP

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SKU: 93614
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Experience: 3 Weeks

Very quiet, keeps temp low but bulky Verified OwnerVerified Owner


- very quiet
- keeps temp low
- bulky
- could be too big for some cases (mine is almost touching the side panel)
- can also block 1/4 ram slots but workaround is to move fan up a bit
Very quiet and keep temp lows for i7-7700k

Experience: 3 Months

Really sleek and quiet


- all black!
- sleek appearance
- very quiet
- good cooling
- none
I'm not overclocking my CPU so I chose this fan purely for noise reduction and aesthetics - definitely worth it in both departments.

Experience: 3 Months

A beast of a cooler Verified OwnerVerified Owner


- Quiet! (Even under load)
- Nice looks
- Massive so will not accommodate any ram sticks
Keeps an 6700K clocked at 4.6 at 30C - 57C that should give you an idea :)

Experience: 7 Days

Best air cooler, period (and good enough for all) Verified OwnerVerified Owner


Exceptionally quiet, even at full load
Looks badass
May take some fiddling to get the right fan height to clear your RAM while still fitting into your case. Low profile RAM is recommended
I bought this to replace a Corsair H60i AIO liquid cooler. Compared to the stock H60i, which is generally around the same price, this cooler is appreciably quieter at idle and absolutely destroys the H60i at load. In fact, it's borderline silent.

Temps are also comparable between this air cooler and the H60i water cooler, which begs the question: why bother with the added complexity of a 120mm or even 140mm AIO?

I argue that this is the best cooler to get for 99% of users. Having used both air and water, I say just get this unless you are planning on going to a much more extensive (and expensive) 240mm+ or 360mm+ watercooling setup.

Experience: 1 Weeks

Great Cooling - Weird Design


1) Very efficient cooling
2) Very quiet
3) Looks great
4) Supplied with clip to install addiitional 120mm fan
1) Complicated (but not necessarily hard) installation
2) Custom size of supplied fan (135mm)
3) Doesn't play nicely with older motherboard (Asus X58)
Cooler replaced a Hyper 212 EVO and works great. Temperatures at load dropped by 6-7 deg.C. Cooler is very efficient at cooling so fan does not need to run vary hard.

The fan spins so slowly that my motherboard figured that it had failed and started throwing CPU Fan Errors. This can be fixed by disabling motherboard cooling profiles and using Coolfan.

My issue with this cooler is the absolutely weird design decisions made by be quiet:
- The supplied fan is a non-standard 135mm unit that seemingly can't be bought anywhere. What happens when it needs to be replaced?
- The 135mm fan has hole spacing that matches 120mm, but the mounting point is halfway on the depth dimension, so the 135mm clips can't be used with a 120mm fan;
- The screws holding the cooler to the motherboard need t be tightened from the backside of the board - they could easily design a fastening system that let's you tighten from the frontside

If I needed to buy this cooler all over again, it would be a Noctua U12S.

Experience: 3 Months

Quiet operation and cool temperatures Verified OwnerVerified Owner


-CPU idles at 34C
-Effectively inaudible
Overall, the cooler was simple enough to install, and provides cool and quiet operation.

Experience: 1 Weeks

quiet with amazing heat transfer


-very quiet
-fan never runs 100%, exept during stress test(prime95)
-amazing heat transfer
-easy to install
-adjustable fan height (if needed for ram)
-great aesthetics
covers first ram slot
I had a stock heat sink with my 3570k and after 2 years I've decided to get another cpu cooling system in order to overclock and get a little more out of my cpu. With my stock cooler my cpu idled around 40C and while playing battlefield 4 my cpu use to run around 75C h 4.0Ghz.. With the Dark rock 3, my cpu idles at 30C and while gaming it runs around 50-53C h 4.65Ghz. With my current fan profile, the fan never goes above 45-50% during gameplay. Runs cool and quiet. I'd say it was an easy install. I used the thermal paste that came with the product. I didn't have issues with my low profile ram as I'm not using the first ram slot. If I was using the first ram slot I would have had to adjust the fan height up 2-4mm. This thing is a beauty, not too big , not too small. Extremely happy with this product. Would highly recommend.

Experience: 20 Days


Cools quietly
Easy to install.
Has a cool, sleek, black design.
Included fan barely makes a sound.
AM3+ sideways mounting
Sadly, AM3+ mounting is only sideways - thus drawing air either from graphics card or top fans. Luckily I have low profile RAMs or else I wouldn't be able to use this cooler because of the lack of AM3+ compatibility.

Experience: 2 Months


The Dark Rock 3 cooler is very quiet and was easy to install . Very nice looking all black with quality construction . My 4790K runs cool and quiet .
I can't think of any negatives besides price but what's new !
Like I said it was easy to install , a big plus . And it works as advertised .

Experience: 1 Days


Super, silencieux et très efficace
Graisse thermique beaucoup trop liquide
Beaucoup d'utilisateur reproche le contact du ventilateur avec les barrettes de mémoire, or le ventilateur peut-être déplacé. Alors où est le problème?

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Features [ Edit | History ]

No Compromise Silence and Performance

Dark Rock™ CPU coolers have long been category leaders, and now the significantly upgraded Dark Rock 3 is even more powerful. This virtually inaudible single-tower CPU cooler puts famous be quiet! SilentWings® technology in your PC where it really counts. They are excellent for overclocked systems and demanding multi-graphics platforms.

Dark Rock 3 offers top performance-to-noise ratio and the highest reliability available. Improved cooling efficiency (190W TDP) and really silent operation (only 21.1dB(A) at maximum speed) mean this cooler strikes the perfect balance between cooling and serenity — truly silence and performance without compromises.

Extremely high cooling efficiency

  • Improved dynamic wave-contour cooling fins with enhanced cooling area and small dots on the surface increase air circulation and contribute to high convection efficiency without raising overall noise
  • Support of additional 120mm fan for extreme cooling performance (free fan clips are included in the scope of delivery)
  • Six high-performance heat pipes with copper lining and aluminum caps carry heat to the optimal location on the cooling fins, maximizing heat conductance
  • The extremely high cooling capacity of 190W TDP offers low temperature even at peak performance
  • New arrangement of heat pipes enhances the cooling capacity

Virtually inaudible operation

  • Improved 135mm SilentWings® PWM fan features:
    • nine airflow-optimized fan blades
    • innovative 6-pole motor for smoother operation and less vibration
    • dynamically-balanced impeller
    • advanced fluid dynamic bearing with copper core
  • Decoupled fan mount with vibration-isolating elements on the heat sink
  • Maximum noise is at scant 21.1dB(A) even at 100% PWM function

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

General Dark Rock 3
Model Dark Rock 3
Main Specification Dark Rock 3
Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm) 97 x 137 x 160
Total weight (kg) 0.976
TDP (W TDP) 190
Socket compatibility Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011
AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2(+) / AM3 (+) / FM1 / FM2
LGA1150 ready
Backplate Mounting
Fan model, number 1 x SilentWings 135mm PWM
Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm) 8.4 / 13.6 / 21.1
Heatsink specifications Dark Rock 3
Dimensions (L x W x D), (mm) 73 x 132 x 160
Number of fins 51
Fin material Aluminium
Base material Copper
CPU contact surface CNC machined
Heatpipe number, Diameter (mm) 6, 6
Surface treatment Aluminium / Dark nickel-plated
General fan specifications Dark Rock 3
Fan dimensions (mm) 135 x 135 x 22
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm) 1400
Air flow @ 12V (cfm, m3/h) 67.8, 113.8
Air pressure @ 12V (mm H2O) 2.1
Bearing type Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Motor technology 6-pole
Rated voltage (V) 12
Input current (A) 0.11
Input power (W) 1.56
Connector 4-pin PWM
Cable length (mm) 220
Lifespan (h / 25¡ãC) 300.000
Accessories Dark Rock 3
Thermal grease (g) Corning TC-5121 / 1
Backplate mounting set
User manual languages DE, EN, FR, ES, PL
Service Dark Rock 3
Warranty (Years) 3
International hotline / free of charge ✓ / DE, FR
Logistics data, RRP Dark Rock 3
Article number BK018
Range Dark Rock 3
EAN Code 4260052183618
Dimensions, package (L x W x D), (mm) 210 x 175 x 155
Gross weight, package (kg) 1.35
Pieces per packaging unit 12
Dimensions, shipping box (L x W x D), (mm) 465 x 485 x 368
Gross weight, shipping box (kg) 17.41

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