With six 6mm diameter heat pipes spread across two aluminum fin zones and two 135mm Silent Wings fans, this is arguably the best performing clamshell heatsink on the market, at least on paper. Still, be quiet! has kept the aesthetics latent in all their products, with a sleek black design and no illumination to further denote that they prefer to focus on improving performance than aesthetics.
Dark Rock TF 2, the best top flow heatsink on the market?
The Dark Rock TF 2 initially makes an impact with its top flow design with two inverted towers and two 135mm fans. For anyone looking for a top of the line heatsink with this design, this heatsink looks to meet all the requirements for both compatibility and performance, and as we mentioned earlier it boasts the ability to dissipate up to 230W of heat, making it ideal for servicing the most “guzzling” high-end processors from both Intel and AMD.
The dual heatsink design with six high-performance copper tubes offers maximum performance even under extreme overclocking conditions and the top-flow design provides ideal cooling not only for the CPU but also for surrounding components such as RAM or VRMs. All in all, the Dark Rock TF 2 is virtually inaudible thanks to its two 135mm diameter Silent Wings 3 fans, both equipped with a durable fluid dynamic bearing, smooth six-pole motors and nine optimized blades to promote airflow. As a result, these fans result in a low noise level of only 27.1 dBA at maximum speed. In addition, they have rubber inserts to absorb vibrations and further reduce noise.
Stylish, functional and all-rounder design
With its impressive performance of up to 230W TDP, this heatsink maintains the elegance and functionality that are hallmarks of the brand. The brushed aluminum casing gives it a sleek look while the special black coating with ceramic particles improves heat transfer compared to other less sophisticated coating methods.
The dual heatsink design allows for the installation of RAM modules up to 49mm in height without hassle, while the installation of the heatsink itself is extremely easy thanks to the optimized mounting kit with a fixed mounting bridge. Although the Dark Rock TF 2 includes two fans, users looking for good cooling but for more compact environments can dispense with the top fan, reducing the height of the assembly.
Be itt! offers a three-year warranty on this new heatsink, which will be available from August 10th with a recommended retail price of 85,90 euros.