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be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU Cooler Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Apr 14, 2020 at 9:10 am CDT - 2 mins, 15 secs time to read this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: be quiet!Model: BK013

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In this image, we have all of the bits needed to mount the shadow Rock 3 onto any compatible Intel motherboard. At the top are the top mounting brackets flanking either side of the backplate, which is made to install in any orientation. In the front row are the standoffs, screws, and washers that work with the backplate. The next set of screws secures the top brackets to the standoffs, while the set of standoffs to the right are for LGA 2011 and 2066 users.

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AMD users will want to look for these bits in the hardware box. AMD uses different top brackets, where the AM4 holes are marked in the steel. Between the brackets are a set of plastic spacers, thin washers, and screws to secure these bits to the motherboard's backplate.

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Either camp you belong to, you will need the cross-bar bracket to secure the cooler to the top of the other hardware. It is secured with the pair of Hex head/Phillips head screws. You will need to be accurate with the initial mounting of the shadow Rock 3, as there is a syringe of supplied paste, but there is not much paste inside of it!

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While only a single Shadow Wings 2 fan is included, Be Quiet wants to be sure that those who want the option of dual-fan cooling have what they need and is why there are four wire fan clips. The screwdriver above is used to mount the cooler, it is long enough to pass through the tower, and is magnetic to simplify things further.

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When we can, we like to look at the back of the fans and view the sticker to see check against the specifications. The BQ SHW2-12025-MR-PWM fans show the same 12V power source, use of 0.20 Amps, and its 1600 RPM top speed. The frame seems much thinner than we typically see, beyond the fact the corners being put on a diet. In each corner, there are isolation measures taken in the form of rubber inserts, and we can see that the lead to power the fan terminates in a 4-pin connector.

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The literature in the hardware box comes in the form of the installation guide and the disposal information insert. The manual has anything you will need, from a parts list to detailed installation instructions, even down to company information and where to address issues should you have one. As for the disposal information, it changes based on regions, so give it a read so you are sure what to do with the shadow Rock 3, years from now, when it may come time to replace it.

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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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