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Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced

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guvnar 18th March 2011, 11:47 Quote
I've got this cooling my 4.5GHz overclocked 2500K and it is whisper quiet!

I can't fault it at all and it fits inside my Antec 300 case easily.

The only problem I did have was gettign hold of one as it was out of stock everywhere for a long time but Scan came good in the end.

Bag yourself a great cooler - if you can find one.
Lizard 18th March 2011, 11:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by guvnar
The only problem I did have was gettign hold of one as it was out of stock everywhere

I just spoke to Be Quiet! about this, and they underestimate demand, so have put another batch into production ASAP.
Xir 18th March 2011, 12:23 Quote
they sell the fan alone as well, i suppose they would make for good, silent casefans
Combatus 18th March 2011, 12:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
they sell the fan alone as well, i suppose they would make for good, silent casefans
Click and see!
wbdog206 18th March 2011, 13:12 Quote
Was the US price unavailable or is the cooler unavailable in the US.
I can't find one around where I live.
yogev_ezra 18th March 2011, 13:27 Quote
Why something with a score of 8 gets an Excellence Award (that means "10")?
Please, either give it a score of at least 9, or change the award to "Recommended"
Lizard 18th March 2011, 13:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by yogev_ezra
Why something with a score of 8 gets an Excellence Award (that means "10")?
Please, either give it a score of at least 9, or change the award to "Recommended"

Sorry for the confusion, we talked about this internally this morning as we're planning on updating the scoring and awards on bit-tech and bit-gamer shortly. A side effect of this is that this particular product only gets an eight in the current score system, but is so good its worth an Excellence Award.
Material 18th March 2011, 14:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by wbdog206
Was the US price unavailable or is the cooler unavailable in the US.
I can't find one around where I live.

To the best of our knowledge you cant get any Be Quiet! products in the US at the moment. Sorry.
Legendmir 18th March 2011, 14:26 Quote
No testing for LGA775? :(
law99 18th March 2011, 14:26 Quote
When I get more money, it's going to between this and a H50... but I'll certainly be buyring some of the fans!
Denis_iii 18th March 2011, 15:45 Quote
i'm impressed. asus g73jh arrived today, WOOHOOO, but i'll be torn weather to go with Be Quiet Dark Rock Advanced or corsair h50 when intel releases x68 chipset and cpu's
jon 18th March 2011, 19:30 Quote
Would love an additional noise and cost level against these fans as well. Always good to know how well it cools, of course, but when you tell us "it's really quiet" without comparing it in a similar chart to its cooling capability, it leaves us hanging. Then take a combined cooling / noise ratio, and compare cost against other fans on the list. That gives us a true measure of its value.
Zaim 18th March 2011, 19:41 Quote
Not bad, this is the cooler i was very interested in as its priced the same as a Frio but is quieter. Little disappointed with the AMD results but i'd rather it be a few deg's hotter compared to a frio than have a super loud cooler.

Edit: just noticed the review says the voltage was 1.6V on the 1090t, thats very high for a small overclock.
hardski 18th March 2011, 20:56 Quote
How easy is installing the cooler as ive seen in other reviews its a right pain and needs 2 people to get it in?
Also what ram would be be compatible as you never seem to to take into account the ram heatsinks getting in the way of these huge cpu coolers.
Thanks
guvnar 19th March 2011, 00:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by hardski
How easy is installing the cooler as ive seen in other reviews its a right pain and needs 2 people to get it in?
Also what ram would be be compatible as you never seem to to take into account the ram heatsinks getting in the way of these huge cpu coolers.
Thanks

I will say the cooler was a bit fiddly to fit - would have been helpful if I had three arms - but I got there in the end but I did have the motherboard out of my case (no motherboard cut out on my old antec 300)

I definitely felt it was worth the 10 minutes effort it took.

Also I only have standard corsair ram with no extra heatsink but there appears to be some considerable clearance so I'm not worried about adding more ram in future if I want to.

All in all it's been a great purchase - oh! and it looks the business after I cut a window in the side panel!!!
;)
Kris 19th March 2011, 00:21 Quote
how can there be a difference of almost 20C in the delta between socket 1155 and am3?
does it mean that either:

- 1155 socket cpu-s are making really bad contact with all coolers
- am3 cpu-s require much higher cooling power and lower efficiency coolers show their shortcomings?
- testing results are skewed (don't believe this at all, just trying to come up with all explanations).

just seems that cannot trust any results.

for comparison: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2009/02/19/ga-1366-cpu-cooler-group-test/7
here all the results seem quite close to each other.

for comparison: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cooling/2010/03/22/akasa-nero-s-cpu-cooler-review/2
again, here most seem very close on am3, but very different results for 1156.

can anyone explain? i'd like to know for example, where my cooler stands, but from all these results, i have no idea what's going on :)
Lizard 19th March 2011, 00:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kris
how can there be a difference of almost 20C in the delta between socket 1155 and am3?
does it mean that either

There are two main factors at work here:

1. The Socket AM3 CPU we use has a significantly higher TDP than the LGA1155 CPU we use.
2. Socket AM3 CPU also need to be overvolted more than LGA1155 CPUs (despite being less overclockable).
leexgx 19th March 2011, 01:47 Quote
I would agree and cpus more so phenoms are very good for space heaters using the stock heatsink at stock speeds can result in tosty heatsink and noise (the athlon ii are ok thought, as long its an real one not an phenom with L3 turned off and 2 cores)
Kris 19th March 2011, 13:40 Quote
Hmm, so maybe the am3 socket shows the real max performance of a cooler? So would it not make sense to choose the cooler that performs best on am3 and use it on a socket like 1155(if compatible), while overclocking the s**t out of your 2600k? :)
Cthippo 19th March 2011, 21:23 Quote
I'm wondering of the corrugations on the fan blades actually do anything or if they're jjust for looks. I can see them maybe reducing spanwise flow of stiffening the blades which might reduce noise. If you talk to the manufacturer again could you ask them?
cjmUK 19th March 2011, 23:52 Quote
Good to see noise given more of a raised profile in this review. If I could criticise BT hardware reviews it would be that performance is usually explored (which is understandable), but noise was often glossed over. Summary: "it's a good cooler in it's own right; there are better coolers, but only with a noise premium.". This is the information we need to make a fully informed decision.
Lizard 20th March 2011, 00:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kris
Hmm, so maybe the am3 socket shows the real max performance of a cooler? So would it not make sense to choose the cooler that performs best on am3 and use it on a socket like 1155(if compatible), while overclocking the s**t out of your 2600k? :)

Not really; the CPUs mount in different ways, and despite Socket AM3s outputting more waste heat they have a lower heat density than LGA1155 CPUs. Plus, given that LGA1155 CPUs run so much cooler, you can use a quieter cooler than you could with a Socket AM3 CPU.
jimmyjj 21st March 2011, 21:34 Quote
Check out the overclock 3D review of the Dark Rock Pro (the bigger brother).

Particularly interesting is the shambles of the mounting system. This is the kind of detail I wish I knew before I ordered mine, and is the level of detail I am afraid you do not get with Bit-tech reviews.

No I am not suggesting 15 minute video reviews, or having a pop at BT (which I love), but more detailed information on things such as fitting etc. would be invaluable. Reviews on BT are often a 'starting point' - keeping you up to date on new products - but you have to go elsewhere for really in depth coverage.
alialias 11th May 2011, 16:11 Quote
i wonder if this will fit into my lian li a04
Tinytacohead 12th January 2012, 23:09 Quote
I joined here simply for this post, as I'm currently in the market for a CPU cooler that'll fit within a Thermaltake V4 & found this one mentioned in your ThermoLab BADA review.

"and it should fit in all but the smallest of cases"

Are you kidding me? If it's really 166mm tall - it WILL NOT fit typical, mid-tower cases. I've got basically 6" from CPU deck to wall, or 152mm. I was all excited too, since black is my color this time, heh.
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