be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Review
be quiet! Shadow Rock LP Review
Glinde, April 14th 2015 – be quiet!, the premium grade provider of power supply and cooling solutions in Germany, extends its cooler range with a new model in a smaller size: the Shadow Rock LP is characterised by its compact low-profile design and high cooling capacity, making it ideal for use in space-saving systems and home theatre PCs (HTPCs).
Shadow Rock LP combines compact size with strong performance and whisper-silent operation. Let’s start with quick unboxing.
Package design is simple, but still very stylish and for be quiet! specific dark theme.
The cooler was well protected and as it’s quite lightweight is doesn’t need any extra protection during shipping. We found instructions which are easy to understand, silent fan, mounting brackets with screws and the cooler itself.
As we can see, we have to do here with a lower profile cooler. The overall height with fan is 75,4mm so without fan it would be only 50.4mm, which should work with most HTPC cases.
Using of four ø6mm thick copper heat pipes ensures optimal thermal transmission up to aluminium fins of cooling tower. The front side is covered with brushed aluminium cover and also here we can see nice finish in detail. The design of the cooler is interesting and overall build quality is at high level.
We can see some fins are missing. The tower will be fixed with two small screws which have to be inserted thru this opening between fins. It was very difficult to insert those screws from side and simultaneously screw it in with a screw driver thru those openings. We wish that 1-2 more fins were removed for easier access. The cooler base is also made of aluminium and be quiet! uses its own thermal paste. Here we have little complain about using too much compound, which we found all over the CPU after we finished testing and demount the cooler.
Shadow Rock LP is using the popular Pure Wings 2 fan with PWM. Which was inaudible during testing in IDLE. During full load, we have measured noise level up to 41dB(A), but it’s not screaming noise so let’s call it acceptable. The fan holder is something similar as we can see by Noctua or Phanteks fans and we really like this kind of fan fixation, because it’s fast and easy to remove if needed and you are able even to change the position of fan installed on top of cooler if needed.
Shadow Rock LP Specifications:
To ensure that the results from one review to another are comparable, the Testing Methodology will be the same throughout all reviews, otherwise we will make a note if somethings changed and keep it separately from other results.
All testing was done on test Bench-table with a room ambient temperature of 22- 23°C and if temperature changes we will add delta T °C to the results.
Before testing we run 10 minutes of Prime95 followed by 30 minutes of idling. This warm up period was done at stock CPU core frequency. For noise testing we ensure the PSU fan is isolated or using fanless PSU. We mostly do fan noise test over night so we have our room as silent as possible.
We take values at IDLE and full load – where all fans are running at their maximum RPM.
For testing we used OCCT software and between each test we leave the PC at least 15 minutes to rest so that the temperature went back to the IDLE state. Followed by overclocking with help of Easy Tune Software (for Gigabyte mainboard) or for ASUS mainboard (BIOS CPU Ratio only). Each test lasted for 15 minutes. If the temperature of any CPU core exceeded 85°C the test was automatically turned off and the value of the results we have marked as “failed”. The resulting temperature in the tables are the average temperature of all cores. The results of the tests are influenced by many factors such as: the amount of thermal paste, pressure between the processor and CPU block, humidity, thermal conductivity of thermal paste, etc.. Therefore this results should be considered as indicative only.
For this test we were using it’s own thermal paste provided by manufacturer.
Tower may collide with higher RAM modules