BeQuiet! Dark Rock Pro C1


Test Rig

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE
  • Motherboard: Gigabite GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
  • GPU: MSI ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
  • RAM: Geil Ultra Plus 2133MHZ 4GB
  • HDD: 2 x WD 250GB Caviar SE, 1 x WD 500GB Black
  • PSU: Zalman ZM600-HP
  • Case: Fractal Design XL

Installing this cooler is a bit of a pain, to be honest. Usually installing a heatsink takes a few minutes, you simply push the pins or screw tight the bolts. In the case of the Black Rock Pro it’s a bit harder. First of all the cooler is massive, which makes it hard to handle. Secondly the backplate, which gets bolts pushed through from behind, doesn’t easily stay in place. This gets annoying when, after pushing on the rubber rings, you have to both push the back plate against the motherboard and with the other hand aim the cooler on the four bolts that need to be fit real tight to stand up straight. Therefor installation is recommended to happen outside of a computer case, directly on the motherboard which can then be installed again. No quick switching coolers here.

Dark Rock Pro C1
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Once installed, the cooler can be tightened down real well to assure optimal mounting pressure; which certainly is a good thing. Another thing to note is that standard RAM will fit underneath, but any special heatsink will have trouble fitting underneath this monster. Optimal mounting is, of course, with the exhaust of the fans aimed at the exhaust of the case, in order to provide maximum airflow.

Dark Rock Pro C1
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