Be Quiet slims down the Dark Rock 4

Be quiet! is a name better known to our readers outside of the U.S. than on our home turf, and yet the company's products have been finding their way to this side of the Atlantic more frequently of late. You can find the massive Dark Rock Pro 4 cooler over on Newegg right now, for example. For folks who find that giant block of aluminum fins to be too, uh, giant, be quiet! is about to release the Dark Rock Slim.

The German company acknowledges that while the Dark Rock 4 coolers owe their high performance to their enormous bulk, that same size also makes them difficult to use on machines employing tall RGB LED-equipped RAM or motherboards with outsized VRM cooling. To that end, the Dark Rock Slim is the Dark Rock 4 on a diet, which itself is a Dark Rock Pro 4 on a diet.

Despite the slimmer size, be quiet! says the Dark Rock Slim can cool CPUs producing up to 180W of heat. Be quiet! includes one of its own own Silent Wings 3 premium fans with the cooler, and the mounting hardware is decoupled from the heatsink itself so that you can add your own fan if you like. It also includes installation clamps for you to attach a second fan if you have the space. There are four copper heat pipes in board.

If you're after a blacked-out lightweight tower cooler, keep an eye out for the Dark Rock Slim in Q2 of this year. There's no set price yet, but a rep for be quiet! told us that the cooler to go for about $50 USD when it launches.

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    • firewired
    • 9 months ago

    My major concern with Be Quiet CPU coolers is not the cooler itself, but the fan and fan mount mechanisms.

    If you take a good look at them you can see Be Quiet uses non-standard fan mounting holes. They are in the middle (width-wise) of the fan assembly, not the inside-and-outside edges. It may seem like a minor thing, but replacing a fan means you have to replace it with a Be Quiet fan, not a generic or other branded fan.

    Personally, I would replace the stock fan right away with one of Corsair’s ML Pro non-LED fans, if it could fit that is.

    That is a shame too, because I like the look of the Dark Rock 4, and the Dark Rock Slim is a great idea to resolve the RAM clearance risks.

    Now… if they would only use proper fan mounting holes, you know, like everyone else.

      • DPete27
      • 9 months ago

      I think it’s a 135mm fan with 120mm holes.

        • firewired
        • 9 months ago

        Look closer, sideways at the fans. The fan holes are in the MIDDLE of the plastic assembly, not on the outside and inside where every other fan manufacturer puts them.

        You can fit the mounting bracket on other fans BUT it will not reach the heatsink side to mount cleanly. It will either be too long (if using another fan’s inside mounting holes) or too short (if using the outside mounting holes).

        To use a comparative analogy… imagine an ATX PSU manufacturer not putting the screw holes in the same place, which of course would render their PSU unusable without an aftermarket bracket.

        I would call this bad design, but that is giving Be Quiet too much credit. It is an intentional design decision Be Quiet made to ensure only their fans will work on their heatsinks, and it should be called out for what it is, specifically non-standard design for the benefit of their own greed. Some might say this is not a big deal, fans rarely die before a system needs to be replaced anyway and you can always order a replacement from Be Quiet. My response to those people would be, “Why should I have to order a replacement fan from Be Quiet?” Any fan of the same size should fit.

        Even Noctua, who pretty much only makes cooling equipment, does not do this. They make their fans the same way everyone else (except Be Quiet) does – so they can be mounted on a system without proprietary requirements.

          • mudcore
          • 9 months ago

          be quiet! includes fan clips for a standard 120mm with the heatsink. There’s zero forcing you to use one of their fans if you ever need or desire to put on a replacement. I mean good lord anyone with half a second of thought could easily shape the clip for the 135mm into the appropriate shape. Or just double sided tape. Just LOL at being upset about the fan choice for inane reasons.

            • Concupiscence
            • 9 months ago

            You’re right! The special clips are specially shaped, fairly strong wire, and there’s nothing particularly special about them. Tie wraps, thin nylon string, or paper clips would do in a pinch.

            • firewired
            • 9 months ago

            No, they do not include clips for standard fans. They include clips for their own non-standard fans, and therefore you cannot replace them with standard fans for the reasons I initially stated.

            As for rest, I will simply respond by saying that industry standardized components are generally preferred by most PC enthusiasts. If you prefer proprietary non-standard solutions, that is your choice.

          • DPete27
          • 9 months ago

          Ah, I see what you’re describing now.

    • aporetic
    • 9 months ago

    I’m sure it’ll sell well enough on the strength of the be quiet! name alone but $50 for a basic 4-heat pipe tower cooler seems a bit fanciful when the Gammaxx 400 would seem to offer similar specs for $17 on Amazon as I write this. Heck, for fifty bucks you can take your pick from a whole host of really terrific products – I’m particularly fond of the Scythe Mugen 5 (six heat-pipes, asymmetric design) and Fuma (a dual-tower cooler!) which can both be found for ~$45 all day long.

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      Shrunken components do often carry a price premium. If you’ve got the space you might as well use it. Otherwise, it’s nice to have a little extra wiggle room in the parts you can pick without having to worry too much about noise or thermals.

      • DPete27
      • 9 months ago

      I’m liking the [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9ZH88Z4921<]Reeven Ouranos = $55[/url<] (except the yellow fan)

    • Concupiscence
    • 9 months ago

    I wonder how the noise level compares to the Dark Rock 4 I’ve had cooling my 7940x for the past couple of months. Awesome to see this available, anyway.

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