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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Review

red454    -   February 3, 2014
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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Testing:

Testing of the Shadow Rock 2 will be accomplished by installing the cooler into the test system case, rather than a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a (relatively) sealed chassis, so this method will be used to generate the idle and load results to give a real world view as to the cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary by several degrees due to case design, case fan placement and ambient air temperature. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.9 for a period of two hours, with a cooldown period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 4770K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C during the testing to minimize the effect of temperature variations. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer-supplied thermal compound as delivered.

 

Testing Setup:

 

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At idle, the Shadow Rock 2 is able to keep the 4770K CPU at 26 °C stock with the included fan, which is no surprise. With the CPU loaded, we are at 64 °C, which is excellent - and that is running right in there with the big boys.

As for overclocking, the gap grows and we are at 88 °C, which is a bit on the toasty side. With such good stock performance, I was expecting a similar result with the overclocking, but the heat builds up and holds at 88. Just for giggles I added a second fan from my random parts bin and I was able to knock the OC load temperature down by just under three degess, which brings us a little closer to the results I was hoping for. So the Shadow Rock 2 can keep you cool whether your system is a daily driver or a mild gamer, but it struggles when you enter the overclock zone. Adding a second fan is certainly an option, and the additional fan noise may be worth it.




  1. be quiet! Shadow Rock 2: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Closer Look: Continued
  3. be quiet! Shadow Rock Pro 2: Specifications & Features
  4. be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. be quiet! Shadow Rock 2: Conclusion
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