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be quiet! Dark Rock series CPU coolers. Overview

High-end CPU Cooler for the toughest demands

Following the successful launch of the SilentWings fan series, the be quiet! brand is now adding a further product segment to its cooling range: CPU cooler. The Dark RockC1 series is the first pillar in be quiet!’s cooler portfolio, and this will be continuously added to in the future.

Dark Rock PRO C1 (left) and Dark Rock Advanced C1 (right)
The Dark RockC1 CPU coolers are designed for the enthusiastic PC user who expects a great deal from their computer: performance, reliability and a very quiet operation.

The Dark Rock range offers reliable cooling even at extremely high processing power: the three-dimensional moulded heat pipes work rapidly to transport the heat with the help of an oxygen-free copper layer (OFC) to the optimum point within the cooling lamellas. Even in overclocking operation, the fans of the Dark Rock range ensure an efficient heat dissipation.

Dark Rock PRO C1 (left) and Dark Rock Advanced C1 (right)
be-quite! specially developed SilentWings PWM fans guarantee the best possible ratio of cooling efficiency to noise-levels. In addition, the serrated contour of the cooling lamellas minimizes noises and optimizes the airflow. This ensures a pleasantly quiet operation of the Dark Rock fans.

However, the Dark Rock coolers are not only technically advanced, but also feature an attractive design: the fan surfaces are coated in dark nickel and the brushed, fully aluminum cover connects the fan to a closed unit. The stable backplate ensures a shockproof attachment, even when transporting the computer.

Dark Rock PRO C1 (left) and Dark Rock Advanced C1 (right)
be quiet! Dark Rock PRO C1 and Dark Rock Advanced C1 combine maximum cooling efficiency with a pleasantly quiet operation. With an extremely low noise level, efficient cooling is provided for gaming, multimedia and CAD systems even at maximum processing power. This CPU coolers are enhanced by the high-quality materials used, as well as its attractive design.

Main features:

  • Extremely efficient
    • The six three-dimensional moulded heat pipes work rapidly to transport the heat with the help of an oxygen-free copper layer (OFC) to the optimum point within the cooling lamellas.
    • The single-tower layout with six heat pipes enables excellent heat dissipation within a small space.
  • Nice and quiet
    • The 120-mm SilentWings PWM fan guarantees the best ratio of cooling efficiency to noise level.
    • The wave-shaped contour of the cooling lamellas prevents noises and optimises the airflow.
  • High-quality materials
    • The fan surfaces are coated in dark nickel.
    • The brushed, fully aluminium cover protects the cooling lamellas.
    • The stable backplate ensures a shockproof attachment, even when transporting the computer.
be quite! Dark Rock cooler technical data
ModelDark Rock PRO C1Dark Rock Advanced C1
Main Specs:
Thermal resistance @ CPU
Power disposal (Rth @ P)
0.0920.109
Overall dimensions without
mounting material (L x W x H) (mm)
133 x 150 x 166122 x 95 x 167
Total weight (g)15501100
CPU Wattage Range (W)220180
Socket compatibilityLGA 775 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366, AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / 754 / 939 / 940
Backplate Mountingyesyes
Push pin mountingnono
Fan model, numberSilentWings PWM , 2SilentWings PWM , 1
Anti vibration fan fixingnono
Rubber stringnoyes
Stainless steel clip and contact ringyesno
Overall noise level (dB(A))
@ 900/1250/100% (rpm)
12.0 / 19.8 / 25.96.6 / 14.4 / 18.8
Heatsink specs:
Fin dimensions (L x W),
thickness (mm)
133 x 47 x 0.4122 x 72 x 0.4
Number of fins4444
Fin materialAluminiumAluminium
Base materialCopperCopper
CPU contact surfaceCNC machinedCNC machined
Heatpipe number, Diameter (mm)7; 66; 6
Surface treatmentNickel platedNickel plated
Fan specs:
Fan dimensions (mm)120120
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm)17001500
Air flow @ 100% (CFM; m3/h)57.2; 93.350.5; 85.8
Air pressure (mm H2O)2.11.63
Bearing typeFBDFBD
Rated voltage (V)12.012.0
Input current (A)0.20.09
Input power (W)2.41.09
PWM Controlleryes
Connector4-pin Molex4-pin Molex
Cable length (mm)250200
Cable sleeveyesyes
Livetime L10 @ 25 °C (hours)300.000300.000
Accessories:
Thermal grease / quantity (g)Shin-Etsu X-23-7762 / 2Shin-Etsu X-23-7762 / 2
4-pin Y-Adapteryesno
Push pins mounting setnono
Backplate mounting setyesyes
Printed user manualyesyes
Other details:
Warranty (years)33
Model numberBQT-DT7601-120-2BQT-T6601-120
MRSP(€)79.9059.90

Source: be quite!

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