be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 4 review

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The cooler is packaged well, cushioned and bundled safely in the traditional black/white/orange be quiet! design box. As you can see, bundled is a Silent Wings fan 135mm in the middle sitting in between the dual-towers, these are fairly low RPM, but above anything, really silent. At the front side, another 120mm Silent Wings fan has been mounted, so this fits a bit of a push-pull configuration.


Once unboxed you'll spot the cooling unit consisting of the heatsink assembly, fan, and brackets + back plate that supports a very wide range of AMD and Intel processors. It's quite a beast to look at really as that is a big cooler. The dark beast weighs 1130gr with dimensions of 163x136x146mm (LxWxH).




Anything Intel is supported and AMD up to and including AM4 Ryzen, but not SP3 Threadripper which I find to be a bit of a miss really, this cooler would be great for Ryzen Threadripper. But supported are Intel: LGA 775 / 115x / 1366 / 2011(-3) Square ILM / 2066 AMD: AM2(+) / AM3(+) / AM4 / FM1 / FM2(+). A little thermal paste is included well. This cooler is rated at 250W.


Above, the cooler placed on its back, we can see the base plate. It uses seven copper based heat pipes arranged in a U-shaped design with the fan located at the opposing side in at the top. The fins effectively disperse heat away from the CPU via composite heat pipes towards the two radiator units. The fin stack itself is moved back slightly in order to bring the fan closer to the center of the cooler, and helping with RAM compatibility. The entire product as you can see is painted black, and that certainly brings in a great aesthetic feel and look.



That powder coating, however, is fragile, you can easily scratch that black coating on the alu fins. For example, securing the fans with the retention clips will quickly result in a bit of paint damage.  The top of the cooler has been reinforced with a top side plate. It also serves as access hatches towards the screws (we'll show you that later on).

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