Be Quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow CPU Cooler Review

/ 5 years ago

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As a rule of thumb there are two types of CPU cooler on the market. The “conventional” and most common design which is a “Tower-Heatsink” design. This consists of one, two or sometimes three aluminium heatsink “towers” with fans in between them and they are generally quite tall – around 160mm.

The second type of CPU cooler is a “Top-Down” style where there is normally a single aluminium heatsink which is positioned horizontally to reduce height. The “Top-Down” is reflective of the fact there is normally a fan at the top blowing downwards. Sometimes these types of cooler can equip two fans but normally there isn’t enough space for a fan below.

There are other coolers that won’t fall into either of these categories, the No Fan CR-95C, and some that fall into both, the Prolimatech Genesisbut as a general rule these coolers are very rare.

Today we have a cooler with is categorised into the “Top-Down” category, a hint perhaps given away by the “TopFlow” included in the name. Be Quiet! are sort of renowned for the matte-black design of their coolers and the Shadow Rock TopFlow bucks this trend abruptly as its nearly entirely silver metallic with a black 135mm Silent Wings PWM fan.

The top-down approach isn’t the most effective design for performance, consequently it will require a great combination of features if this is going to win an award because for a top-down cooler the Shadow Rock isn’t that much smaller in height than a tower heatsink.

You can find full specifications here.

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