One of the first things a PC enthusiast does after purchasing a CPU is to use the stock heatsink, if provided, to ensure the product is working before promptly replacing it. While AMD seems to have put some effort in negating this by developing a vastly improved stock cooler relative to their previous offerings, Intel on the other had has completely ditched stock coolers for high end CPUs now. As such, the $25-35 USD range for aftermarket CPU coolers is one of the, if not the most, contested among various companies. Anyone who has a decent sense of this market will be able to tell you that the Cooler Master Hyper 212 (Plus/Evo/X etc) outsells just about anything else in this range, and by a large margin. This could be mainly attributed to marketing and larger brand/retail presence, but thankfully that has not stopped companies from introducing competing products they believe are better performers. There are of course the tower style coolers with 92mm fans such as the Silverstone AR02, and also low profile top-bottom coolers such as the be quiet! Shadow Rock LP but a single tower, 120mm fan style cooler remains the most popular here. Enter then the be quiet! Pure Rock, and thanks to Chris and Roxie for sending a sample for testing.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the specs courtesy the product page:
As always, be quiet! does not disappoint when it comes to product specifications and offers a plethora of information that may or may not benefit everyone- better to be on this side than be lacking in information every time! There is also a dimension sheet available online here. For those who would rather have a single diagram to refer to, Thermalbench reader and air cooling enthusiast Doyll comes to the rescue again with one of his very helpful technical drawings:
As we saw before, the Pure Rock is a single tower cooler intended for a 120mm fan(s) and the dimensions reflect that. The cooler is also compatible with every consumer Intel and AMD socket released this decade so no complaints there either. The heatsink is, as usual, aluminum based for the fins and with a copper base plate and heatpipes and the included fan is a Pure Wings 2 which we saw before with the Shadow Rock LP, and the cooler is light enough where people will not worry about air coolers affecting motherboards/cases. Let’s take a look at the cooler on the next page.