The be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2 is an imposing cooler standing 166mm tall, 147mm wide and 138mm deep (6.5×5.8×5.4") and weighing in at 1.25kg which means not all cases can accommodate it and it will dwarf an mATX board. The two fans are mismatched, one is 135mm and one is 120mm however [H]ard|OCP's testing proved that does not mean it is a loud cooler. It's cooling ability is quite impressive and puts it at the top of the chart; unfortunately so does its $90 price tag which is higher than other competitive coolers. If you can find it on sale it is well worth investing in.
"CPU air cooling and huge cooler sizes have become synonymous. One thing that is not synonymous with high end air cooling are muted sound profiles. be quiet! looks to remedy this issue with its Dark Rock Pro 2 CPU air cooler that sports a tremendous 220 watt cooling capacity all in that be quiet! package."
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I’m still new to PC building,
I’m still new to PC building, as I’ve only built one so far, but it seems like these air coolers are getting bigger and bigger. Hope this isn’t too stupid of a question, but would this put too much weight on the board or CPU depending on if the board is upright or flat surfaced (like a rackmount computer)?
well most air coolers are big
well most air coolers are big but they wont rip a huge hole into your motherboard if its not flat surfaced. but i guess you shoudnt drop your pc… the more interesting question is, will your ram and all the other stuff you need fit onto the board? so you might wanna get low profile ram dimms.
You can move the front fan up
You can move the front fan up about 2cm. Even ram with bigger heatsinks will fit that way.
I personally use one of these
I personally use one of these beasts in my rig. Mounting is very good with a thick metal backplate. It feels extremely well fixed in place, so no worries about the weight from my side. I’ve seen many graphics card which put much more stress on the board. Cooling performance and sound levels are outstanding.
Seems a bit small…
Seems a bit small…