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be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Compact CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Compact CPU Cooler Review

We can usually rely on be quiet! for silent CPU coolers, but how about performance in something this size (small)? Let's take a close look.

Chad Sebring | Dec 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm CST - 3 mins, 38 secs time to read this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: be quiet!

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing

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be quiet! has been pretty busy lately offering up a few new coolers to check out. We just recently looked at the Dark Rock TF, and while it stems from the wrong series of coolers, this latest cooler is very similar in style. Both of these coolers are C-style coolers where the fan is on top of the cooler, forcing air down onto the motherboard after passing through an arrangement of fins. This is all these coolers have in common, though, other than both being made by be quiet!.

The cooler we are looking at soon is from the Shadow Rock series of coolers, and in our time we have seen a few of these coolers. They may not be as aesthetically trimmed out as the Dark Rock series, but loads of users like natural aluminum contrasting against exposed copper bits. This is not to say that quality suffers in any way, and the Shadow Rock series is just as capable, they are just the casual brother to a refined gentleman. The main concept in design that separates this Shadow Rock cooler from most of the others in the be quiet! line is that keeping as low of a profile in overall height was the main concern in this design.

With this in mind, we are about to bring you the be quiet! Shadow Rock LP. We feel the naming is pretty straight forward leaving no guesses as to why it is called this, we just hope that it does not poop out like many other coolers such as this do. By this, we mean that while all coolers should do well with stock level CPUs, it is rare that you find a cooler that is honestly low profile and still be able to tame our test system. If be quiet! can pull that off, delivering the same level of quality we expect, and near silent operation, we feel they may have a winner on their hands.

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The Shadow Rock LP is 134mm long, 122mm wide, and with the fan included, stands 75.4mm in height, weighing in at only 390 grams. Along with the full support of Intel including LGA775 and newer sockets, and AMD since AM2 on up, this 130W TDP cooler should be able to do a decent job at taming most CPUs. The mounting hardware is shown to include a backplate just before the notification that this heat sink is cooled via a Pure Wings 2 fan that is rated at a maximum noise level of 25.5 dB(A).

In the next section of the chart, we move back to the heat sink portion specifically, we find without the fan the cooler is only 50.4mm tall, and is also where we find there are two fin stacks in this design. The larger one on top contains 54 aluminum fins while the lower section between the main fins and the base offers a stack of 34 fins. The base, as well as the heat pipes, are made of copper, but only the base is nickel plated. As to the number of heat pipes, there are four 6mm diameter pipes, all of which pass through the main section, but only two of them pass through the smaller block of fins.

The Pure Wings 2 fan that is included in the kit is a 120mm fan that is 25mm in thickness. It can spin up to 1500 RPM delivering 87 CFM. On its rifle bearing, this four pole motor can enable the blades to deliver 1.25mmH2O of static pressure. The last bits cover the power draw, which there is 220mm of fan cable that it terminates in a 4-pin PWM connection, and this fan boasts a lifespan of 80,000 hours.

The Shadow Rock LP is a fairly new design, and as such, it is not that easy to find in stock. While we did locate a few listing of the cooler, we did notice that some of them do not hold any stock at this time. This leaves us with Amazon with stock of the Shadow Rock LP for $54.95 also requiring an extra $6 for shipping. Now we have just seen a much smaller design that did not fare so well with the overclocked end of testing, so at more than fifty dollars to obtain this cooler, we hope that this cooler is more capable as well.

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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