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be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Review

ccokeman    -   July 4, 2013
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be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Testing:

Testing of be quiet!'s premium series Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results to give a real world view as to what kind of cooling performance one can expect, based on the test system listed below. Of course, your results may vary, due to case design and ambient air temperature by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime 95 version 27.7 for a period of two hours, with a cool down period of one hour, after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 24 °C throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. Each cooler is tested with the manufacturer supplied thermal compound as delivered. Many of us have our own TIM favorites, but for the end-user without a half dozen tubes of thermal paste laying around, the supplied TIM will have to do and is how these coolers will be tested.

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Running near dead silent, the Shadow Rock TopFlow delivered excellent temperatures for a C-style heat sink that blows airflow down onto the components, keeping the VRM circuit cooling cool. Using four heat pipes passing through the copper base and aluminum fin array it performs about as well as similarly configured tower designs, all while staying dead silent, much like the more capable dual tower Dark Rock Pro 2. Comparing the performance of the Shadow Rock TOPFLOW to a direct competitor, the NH-C14 from Noctua, we see that the four heat pipe be quiet! design is a little less efficient than the six heat pipe design from Noctua. As far as noise goes it's a wash. When you compare the pricing you have to figure out if the extra $30 for the Noctua fits into your budget.




  1. be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Introduction& Closer Look
  2. be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Closer Look: Continued
  3. be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Specifications & Features
  4. be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Testing: Setup & Results
  5. be quiet! Shadow Rock TOPFLOW SR1 Conclusion
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