The German cooler brand be quiet! recently unveiled the third generation of the Shadow Rock Tower cooler – we took a closer look at the CPU cooler.
Unlike its predecessors, the Shadow Rock 3 is not symmetrical. The asymmetrical design is said to have improved compatibility with high memory modules. The fan has also been improved, a Shadow Wings 2 in the high-speed version is now included. But there are also some shadow sides which the new version brings along.
For example, the number of cooling fins has been reduced from 51 to 30, and the entire heat sink has also become more compact. The resulting reduced weight should relieve the mainboard – is that really necessary? We doubt it. For us it sounds more like economy measures, just like the modified heatpipes: on Shadow Rock 2 there were four 8mm heatpipes, on Shadow Rock 3 there are five 6mm heatpipes. In addition, be quiet! saves on the copper base plate and now uses direct touch.
All in all, the “improvements” sound rather negative, so we are curious if the be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 can still convince – after all, the TDP has been increased from 180 to 190 watts, so according to be quiet! the new generation should offer better cooling performance than its predecessor. The result of our be quiet! shadow rock 3 test can be found in this review. We didn’t make a comparison with the Shadow Rock 2, but with the be quiet! silent loop water cooling system with 240 mm radiator.
|Model||Shadow Rock 3|
|Overall dimensions without mounting material (L x W x H), (mm)||121 x 130 x 163|
|Total weight (kg)||0.71|
|Socket compatibility||Intel: 1200 / 2066 / 1150 / 1151 / 1155 / 2011(-3) Square ILM, AMD: AM4 / AM3(+)|
|Fan model, amount||1x Shadow Wings 2 120mm PWM high-speed|
|Decoupled fan mounting||✓|
|Overall volume @ 50/75/100% (rpm)||11.5 / 17.5 / 24.4 db(A)|
|Dimensions (L x W x H), (mm)||96 x 130 x 163|
|Number of cooling fins||30|
|Base material||aluminum / copper|
|CPU contact area||Heatpipe-Direct-Touch|
|Heatpipe Number, diameter (mm)||5 / 6|
|Fan dimensions (mm)||120 x 120 x 25|
|Speed @ 100% PWM /12V (rpm)||1,600|
|Engine technology||4-pole fan motor|
|Rated voltage (V)||12|
|Rated current (A)||0.20|
|Power consumption (W)||2.4|
|connecting plug||4-pin PWM|
|Cable length (mm)||220|
|Life expectancy @ 25 °C (hours)||80,000|
Packaging & scope of delivery
The Shadow Rock 3 is delivered in a black cardboard box, which is printed with numerous information. Unfortunately only in English, but don’t worry: The assembly instructions are in English and German.
Besides the heat sink, the mounting material (backplate, screws, spacers, brackets) for all common Intel and AMD sockets is included. Only the Threadripper platform is not supported. Also included is a fan as well as mounting brackets for two fans – so you can mount another fan later. Thermal paste and a screwdriver with a magnetic tip complete the package.