The cooler experts from be quiet! have presented an update of their popular Pure Rock Slim. With the Pure Rock Slim 2, the company realizes extensive improvements in almost every discipline. The company’s low-budget cooler always scored with a flat, slim design. Now the compact cooler is supposed to get a bit bigger. The reason is the revised lamella tower. Thanks to this upgrade, however, the tower cooler should also be able to cope with higher TDP.
The fins, which run along the processor, are now arranged asymmetrically. This doesn’t have any optical reasons, but rather practical ones. After all, the memory banks shouldn’t be overbuilt thanks to the asymmetry. Thus, modules with higher heat sinks can now be used. Another difference concerns the lower fin levels. While the first generation of the Pure Rock Slim still relied on a recess, this is omitted in the new edition. In the course of this, the height grows from 125 mm before to 135 mm now.
Not for high-end systems
As is typical for be quiet!, the generation change of the Pure Rock Slime 2 is also accompanied by the switch to Direct Touch. The three heatpipes are affected by this. They are no longer embedded in a copper plate in the Pure Rock Slim 2. Instead, they lie directly on the CPU’s heat spreader. A 92 mm fan provides the corresponding ventilation.
Needless to say, the Pure Rock Slim 2 is not designed for high-performance, high-end systems. Although the TDP number increases by 10 watts to a total of 130 watts in the new generation, this should still not be enough for potent gaming computers. The manufacturer itself says that the tower cooler is primarily suitable for “compact multimedia systems”. Due to the flat dimensions, it is probably ideal for such PCs.
Not an 0815 cooler
Although the new cooler from be quiet! is primarily suitable for average setups, it is by no means supposed to be an 0815 product. After all, the Pure Rock Slim 2 is not only functional, but also offers a few visual highlights. This includes not least the high-quality cover of the lamella tower. On top of that, the cooler offers matching caps at the ends of its heatpipes. Thus, the product stands out decisively from the competition, not least in terms of quality. Those looking for a nickel-plated heatpipe and fins will have to look at the higher-priced coolers from be quiet! again. The Pure Rock Slim 2 is mounted on the matching Intel sockets with the help of push pins. Those who want to mount the cooler on AMD motherboards, on the other hand, have to use a suitable mounting bracket.
Happy price reduction
Manufacturer be quiet! opts for a price reduction in the MSRP of the new generation Pure Rock Slim. At 25.90 euros, the new tower cooler will cost just under two euros less than its predecessor from the start. Thus, we can probably expect prices around 20 Euros over time. The new Pure Rock Slim 2 goes on sale on March 23.