Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 & Cryorig H5 Universal Coolers

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Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 & Cryorig H5 Universal Coolers

February 8, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3
CPU Cooler
Cryorig H5 Universal
CPU Cooler
Be Quiet! Cryorig
Street Price
US$90 US$50

The Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 and Cryorig H5 Universal are larger than average CPU coolers but they each play a different angle in a bid to win enthusiasts over. The Dark Rock Pro 3 is Be Quiet!'s top of the line model, a generously sized dual tower heatsink with two fans that hopes to deliver premier performance. The H5 Universal isn't as ambitious, utilizing a slim fan and a smaller single tower structure shaped in such a way as to improve memory compatibility compared to a typical cooler.

Cryorig H5 and Dark Rock Pro 3 boxes.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3

Dark Rock Pro 3.

Since the landmark launch of the Noctua NH-D14, the dual tower design has become the standard for most manufacturers' flagship CPU (air) cooling solution. The Dark Rock Pro 3 follows suit, a massive hunk of nickel-plated copper and aluminum with a seven heatpipe design and a pair of fans, making it deeper than it is wide. Be Quiet!'s fans are rather interesting as the mounting holes are located on frames that stick out along the center of the perimeter. Unfortunately this means the clips are not designed for any aftermarket case fans. Oddly, and like the NH-D14, the two fans are also of differing sizes, a 120 mm model in the middle and a 135 mm variant on the outside. The top is covered with a substantial metal plate which may impede heat dissipation or help air to flow in the right direction (probably a little of both).

Dark Rock Pro 3 package contents.

The cooler ships well packed in thick foam inserts. Inside a thin cardboard box are the accompaniments, separated into different bags to prevent any confusion during installation. Aside from the required mounting hardware, the accessories include an assembly guide, an extra set of fan clips for a standard 120 mm case fan, a tube of thermal compound, and a small wrench.

Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm) 150 x 137 x 163
Total weight (kg) 1.197
TDP (W) 250
Socket compatibility Intel: LGA 775 / 1150 / 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011(-3) Square ILM

AMD: 754 / 939 / 940 / AM2(+) / AM3(+) / FM1 / FM2(+)
Fan model, number 1 x SilentWings PWM 120mm, 1 x SilentWings PWM 135mm
Overall noise level (dB(A)) @ 50/75/100% (rpm) 13.2 / 19.5 / 26.1
Warranty (Years) 3
Heatsink Specifications
Dimensions (L x W x H), (mm) 123 x 133 x 163
Number of fins 90
Fin material Aluminum
Base material Copper
CPU contact surface CNC machined
Heatpipe number / Diameter (mm) 7, 6
Surface treatment Aluminum / Dark nickel-plated
Fan Specifications
Fan dimensions (mm) 135 x 135 x 22 / 120 x 120 x 25
Speed @ 100% PWM (rpm) 1400 / 1700
Air flow @ 12V (cfm / m3/h) 67.8, 113.8 ; 57.2, 93.3
Air pressure @ 12V (mm H2O) 2.1 / 1.23
Bearing type Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Rated voltage (V) 12
Input current (A) 0.11 / 0.20
Input power (W) 1.56 / 2.40
Connector 4-pin PWM
Cable length (mm) 200mm (135mm); 250mm (120mm)
Lifespan (h / 25°C) 300.000

Cryorig H5 Universal

The H5 Universal.

The H5 Universal is much smaller than the Dark Rock Pro 3 and has a more modest design, but a few notable features stand out. The heatsink body is asymmetric, shifting some of its bulk to the back compared to a typical tower. A stock fan, half the thickness of a standard case fan, keeps the cooler far away from the memory slots. Most Cryorig coolers put an emphasis on superior compatibility, perhaps to differentiate from competitors. For a newer company trying to establish itself in the industry, it's not unwise to seek a niche. It's not a huge niche, as memory clearance is less of an issue on Intel motherboards, but the DIMM slots on AMD models are often very close to the socket. Compounding this issue is the popularity of RAM with tall heatspreaders among enthusiasts.

H5 Universal unpacked.

The H5 Universal is compactly packaged with the accessories housed in two slim compartments on either side of the heatsink. The pieces are more diligently segregated than the Dark Rock Pro 3, but the bags are not resealable. Along with the mounting gear, the heatsink ships with a tube of thermal interface material, a screwdriver, documentation, an alcohol cleaning pad, and an extra set of fan clips for a standard 25 mm thick fan, and rubber damping pads (designed for Cryorig fans only).

Cryorig H5 Universal: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Dimensions (with fan)
L98 mm x W143 mm x H160 mm
Weight (with fan)
853 g
Weight (without fan)
764 g
Heat pipes
6mm heatpipe x 4 units
T = 0.4 mm ; Gap = 2.8 mm
Fin Pcs
38 PCs
Copper Base
C1100 Pure copper nickel plated
RAM Height Limit
Fan Specifications
Model XT140
L140 mm x W140 mm x H13 mm
89 g
Rated Speed
700 ~ 1300 RPM ±10 %
Noise Level
20 ~ 24 dBA
Air Flow
75 CFM
Air Pressure 1.49 mmH2O

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