The Shadow Rock TF 2 is another capable cooling solution from the folks at be quiet!
It is a good-looking cooler with its capped heatpipes and aluminium heatsink. The dimensions are also interesting as it is relatively large for a low-profile cooler, while there is also a DIMM height limitation of 48.5mm which potential buyers should be aware of.
Installation is a bit tricky, though, and is probably the weakest area of the cooler – users have to turn the motherboard over and secure the cooler in-place, while holding the cooler to prevent it from slipping out of position. If this could be improved that would benefit everyone.
Performance is good, however, and the TF 2 finished as the best performing low-profile cooler we have tested to-date. It did perform best at stock clocks, dropping away slightly once we overclocked the CPU, but it is still very competitive.
Acoustics is another strong area as the 135mm fan keeps noise to a minimum. Even with our CPU overclocked, the noise was not intrusive at all and that definitely appeals.
So, all-in-all, the be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 is a very capable low-profile cooler. Users will want to make sure it fits in their case, as its height of 112mm is bigger than most low-profile coolers, but its performance and low noise levels make it well worth buying.
You can buy one for £59.99 inc. VAT from Overclockers UK HERE.
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- Strong performance.
- Nice and quiet.
- Fiddly installation.
- 48.5mm maximum DIMM height.
KitGuru says: be quiet! has produced a very good low-profile cooler in the Shadow Rock TF 2. It is a bit bigger than its competitors but its performance is good, while the noise levels are far from intrusive.
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