The be quiet! Dark Rock Elite uses the same heatsink as the Dark Rock Pro 5, but with different fans, achieving better performance, which allows to meet eye-to-eye the tough competition in the mega air-cooling category.
be quiet! recently introduced two new coolers, the Dark Rock Pro 5 and the Dark Rock Elite. I have already evaluated the former, and in this review, I will look at the high-end model with an official rating of 280W TDP. Like the Dark Rock Pro 5, the Elite has enormous dimensions, which help it keep noise output low. It uses a pair of 135mm Silent Wings fans. You can read the review of the Silent Wings 4 140mm here. The Elite model uses stronger Silent Wings fans, with a top speed of 2000 RPM, compared to the 1500 RPM of the 135mm Silent Wing fan that the Dark Rock Pro 5 uses.
|Dark Rock Elite||Dark Rock Pro 5|
|Front Fan||135mm Silent Wing Fans (2000 RPM)||120mm Silent Wings 4 Fan (2000 RPM)|
|Middle Fan||135mm Silent Wing Fans (2000 RPM)||135mm Silent Wing Fans (1500 RPM)|
Since both coolers use the same heatsink exactly, the fans had to be different to provide an advantage to the Elite model. Moreover, the latter has a special bracket for the front fan, making its height adjustment easier. The top cover also features ARGB LEDs, while the Dark Rock 5 cooler’s top cover doesn’t have any lighting. These features justify the 15 euros difference in price between the Dark Rock Pro 5 and the Elite model.
The cooler has a large footprint, so you must ensure it will fit in your chassis before buying it.