be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 CPU Cooler Review
Peter Donnell / 11 months ago
A Closer Look
be quiet! always nail their product design, and that’s certainly true here. The TF 2 looks superb, and that’s thanks in no small part to their in-house designed fans. The 135mm design fan is one of the quietest on the market and since I’ve used them myself on various builds, I can certainly attest to that. Aesthetically speaking, the all black fans are some of the best designed on the market today.
There are five heat pipes on this cooler, which pass through the CPU block at the bottom, then through the large heat sink that sits parallel, albeit raised above, the CPU mounting.
The fan is mounted to the cooler using a simple bent metal retention clip. This means you can fairly easily remove the fan from the top of the cooler without removing the cooler from your motherboard. This makes cleaning and maintaining the fan and cooling tower much easier.
The cooling tower design is certainly unique. There’s a smaller bridge tower from the CPU block, passing up to the main block. This is no doubt to increase the surface area and should provide some extra heat dissipation direction from the CPU block.
For ease of installation, be quiet! pre-apply thermal paste for you. There are screw mounts on the block, allowing you to fit the AMD or Intel plates.