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Dravenspur

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Dec 13, 2015
Hey guys - I was looking again at Newegg for the cooler I wanted to get (Dark Rock Pro 3) and it seems to have disappeared from the site. I don't think be quiet quit making it, but Newegg quit selling it, and now there is a Dark Rock TF low profile cooler. Have you guys heard anything good or bad about that cooler? I am going to build a micro ATX computer with the Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 case and an Intel 6600K processor in the next two or three months. The Dark Rock Pro 3 barely fits in the case (about 2 mm to spare)...it seems the TF would fit just fine if the TF is as good in cooling as the Pro 3. Any input is appreciated. :D
 

ATMINSIDE

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Jun 28, 2012
I'd just get an NH-D14 or NH-D15 instead...
The low profile is not going to cool nearly as well as a dual tower cooler.

Alternatively, find it somewhere besides Newegg. They're not the only site selling PC parts.
 
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Dravenspur

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Dec 13, 2015
You're right ATMINSIDE. I just read the review overclockers did for the TF and it seemed to be ok, not the best. Back to the Dark Rock Pro 3, I guess. Noctua would be fine, except their aesthetics are ridiculous (to me). I had decided on the Pro 3 for my build a while back before I checked Newegg and found them not selling it anymore. I really like the look of the Pro 3.
 

ehume

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Oct 30, 2009
You're right ATMINSIDE. I just read the review overclockers did for the TF and it seemed to be ok, not the best. Back to the Dark Rock Pro 3, I guess. Noctua would be fine, except their aesthetics are ridiculous (to me). I had decided on the Pro 3 for my build a while back before I checked Newegg and found them not selling it anymore. I really like the look of the Pro 3.
As the author of that TF review, I'd say you were smart not to get it. It has a really ancient mount. They know better.

So, things to look for: the mount; the number of heatpipes; the size of the heatpipes; the size of the fins; the size of the fans. Better check out the reviews for a look at the DRP3's mount. It has 7 heatpipes, the center being 7mm (it is no accident that the best performing heatsink has a pair of 8mm heatpipes). I can't tell about the size of the fins. But the center fan being only 120mm is perhaps a warning.

Maybe an editor can ask be quiet to send me one for comparison testing.