be quiet! Dark Rock 2 Tower Heatsink

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BASE & INSTALLATION

The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible.


At first glance, the base seems like a typical nickel-plated base with a mirror polish. When we pressed a straight edge against it however, we found that the surface was flat at the center in the direction parallel with the heatpipes but convex in the perpendicular direction.


The Dark Rock 2 uses an unremarkable backplate mounting system that requires bolts to be inserted through the back (the motherboard has to be flipped upside-down). Plastic spacers that grip around the bolts prevent over-tightening and helps ensures equal pressure.


The problem with these types of systems is the mounting clips have to be attached very securely to the base or when the bolts are tightened, they may bend downward. Thankfully this wasn't an issue in this case.


Fully installed on our LGA1366 test platform.


Like most large tower coolers, the fan hangs over the first memory slot of our test board. There was 51 mm of space underneath the heatsink, but memory clearance depends on how high/low the fan is positioned relative to the heatsink.



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