Product on Review: be quiet! Dark Rock Slim
Manufacturer: be quiet!
Street Price: GBP £54.99 / USD $59.90
A little over a year back, be quiet! Introduced both the Dark Rock 4 and Dark Rock Pro 4, both of which were received very well. However, one common complaint was their sheer size, often fouling on tall RAM modules or just that it doesn’t fit into their chassis. Well, may we introduce the be quiet! Dark Rock Slim, a tower cooler which aims to resolve those issues while retaining a 180W TDP and 23.6dB(A) noise rating.
Helping to keep things quiet, included with the tower is a 120mm Silent Wings 3 PWM fan with clips for attaching a second fan if you require the additional cooling capacity. This fan features seven airflow-optimised fan blades and a six-pole motor for decreased vibrations.
The tower itself boasts an arrangement of four 6mm copper heatpipes to maximise heat conductance, with that heat then passed onto wave-contoured cooling fins which is coated with a ceramic-particle finish for optimal heat transfer.
With be quiet! shaving down on the cooler’s size, will that have a noticeable impact on acoustics or cooling ability? Let’s find out, shall we?
be quiet! on the Dark Rock Slim:
Dark Rock Slim is equipped with four advanced technology 6mm copper heat pipes that maximize the heat conductance. Airflow-optimized, wave-contoured cooling fins with small dots on their surfaces increase the air circulation. The special black coating with ceramic particles makes a perfect transfer of heat possible.