Dark Rock 4 vs Noctua NH-U12S- differences and similarities

Dark Rock 4 vs Noctua NH-U12S

Dark Rock 4 vs Noctua NH-U12S

There are a variety of CPU coolers presently available in the market. However, most of the time, users often end up searching for a comparison between their liking. Thus we try making it easier for those who are looking for such comparison. Today we will compare the Dark Rock 4 vs the Noctua NH-U12S.

Before jumping straight ahead, let us provide a summarized specification.

SpecificationsDark Rock 4Noctua NH-U12S
TypeSingle Tower- AirSingle Tower- Air
Dimensions in mm(L X W X H)96 x 136 x 15971 x 125 x 158
Heat pipes65
Fans pre-installed11
Fan size135mm (room for additional 120mm fan)120mm
Fan speed Max in RPMNot specified1500
Airflow in CFM>7093.4 m³/h
Noise in dBA21.422.4 dB(A)
TDP in Watts200130


Let us simply analyze the differences first.


The Dark Rock 4 is a bit bigger in dimension than the Noctua NH-U12S. Hence in this section, the Dark Rock 4 is the winner as a bigger heatsink is generally more effective in heat dissipation.

Heat pipes

The Noctua NH-U12S features 5 heat pipes whereas the Dark Rock 4 features 6 pipes. It makes the Dark Rock having quite an upper hand in overall thermal performance.


NH-U12S is equipped with 120mm NF-F12 PWM while the Dark Rock 4 is equipped with a 135mm silent wings fan. However, the Dark Rock 4 also has an to add another 120mm fan to it. It clearly gives more advantage to the Dark Rock 4.


Be Quite is well known for quite an operation style. And as is expected the Dark Rock 4 offers a quieter performance with a 21.4 dB(A) aquatic level. However, the Noctua NH-U12S offers also a similar kind of aquatic level with 22.4 dB(A).


The Dark Rock 4 offers a higher TDP value of 200 while the Noctua NH-U12S offers a bit lower one at 130. Therefore, the Dark Rock 4 has a bigger advantage in this aspect and will be perfect for power-hungry processors.


There are not many similarities that can be narrowed down. As it is quite clear the Dark Rock 4 has a bigger advantage in terms of thermal, noise, and performance as well. However, if you are looking for a lower-profile CPU cooler then the Noctua NH-U12S will be the best option.

Be Quiet Dark Rock 4

Be Quiet Dark Rock 4

Noctua NH-U12S

Noctua NH-U12S

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