So do we jettison this dark cooler to the voids of deep space and pretend we never heard of it, or is this cooler worth running in your own rig? To start with it has first class aesthetics and build quality. It comes in packaging that protect it well enough to prevent damage while being shipped. And performance wise it is right at the top of the list for air coolers and even some AIO water cooling units. Top that off with a nearly silent operation and there is a lot to like about this tower cooler.
On the other hand, it is simply not for beginners when it comes to installation. I feel the process of trying to get the cooler lined up and attached leaves too much room for a bad mount or even a potentially scratched base. And don’t forget about that strange fan issue when starting. It requires the user to go straight into the BIOS to get the fans working correctly and is not a good thing. Finally at a rumored $100 USD (cooler not yet for sale in the US) this cooler is at the top end of the air cooled price spectrum.
So after careful consideration ThinkComputers gives the Dark Rock Pro 2 a 7 out of 10 score. A lower price would be all it would take to move this cooler up to an 8.
- Build Quality
- Sound Level
- Strange fan speed issue