The following system was used to test the cooler:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2
Software used for testing the cooler:
– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.25.5400
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
– Prime95 29.1
The cooler was tested with the CPU at the default turbo frequency of 4.9 GHz and overclocked to 5 GHz with a core voltage of 1.261 V.
Also, the included fans have been used at their maximum speed.
The room temperature was approximately 26°C (78°F), with 2°C margin of error.
The idle test consists of the CPU sitting idle at the desktop for 30 minutes, the temperature was measured at the end of the test.
The settings of the software used are the following:
Intel Burn Test v2.54 – Stress level: Maximum
Prime95 29.1- small FFT
AIDA64 Extreme Version – FPU Benchmark & Temperature monitoring.
Each test was conducted for 40 minutes.
Full Load – IntelBurnTestV2
Full Load – AIDA64 CPU, FPU & Cache
The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 2 db.
The Pure Rock 2 has a good clearance for the RAM slots of the motherboard, in fact, the fan does not reach the first RAM slot.
The PCIe expansion slot clearance is also good, with approximately 30mm of space between the heatsink and the graphics card.
The be quiet! Pure Rock 2 is a good CPU cooler that has a good performance and is silent. The build quality is good, with no sharp edges on the aluminum cooling fins, or imperfections on the surface of the baseplate or heatpipes.
The Pure Rock 2 is available in two versions, and has two prices available. The regular version has a price of around 40 US dollars or EUR while the all black variant has a price of around 45 USD or EUR. The only difference between the two coolers is the appearance.
The performance is good for a cooler which uses a single tower heatsink of this size. In addition, the included 120mm fan is silent and has no unwanted noises, such as bearing or vibration.
The installation process is simple thanks to the refined and simplified mounting system, which is used in multiple be quiet! coolers.
In conclusion, the be quiet! Pure Rock 2 is a good and affordable CPU cooler, which offers a good performance, and a low noise operation. One of the advantages of the Pure Rock 2 is the overall design which has no RGB integration. This makes the Pure Rock 2 a great choice for those that want a quiet CPU cooler that will deliver good performance, without any RGB in their system.