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Be Quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow CPU Cooler

Be Quiet! have given the Shadow Rock TopFlow a slightly different appearance to the Dark Rock series that we looked at previously. We’re a little sad to say that Be Quiet! has chosen not to decorate the end of the cooler with an attractive anodised aluminium plate like they do with the Dark Rock series of coolers. In this case it isn’t as important, though, as it is a top flow cooler rather than a tower so you don’t see the ends.

The heatsink itself comprises of no fewer than 53 nickel-plated aluminium fins arranged around four 8mm nickel-plated copper heatpipes. There is a Be Quiet! logo on the end of the heatsink surrounded by four heatpipe end caps. The heatpipes pass through the CPU block at the bottom which is also made of nickel-plated copper.

As the products name suggests, the single 135mm fan sits atop the heastink, blowing down towards the CPU socket. The fan itself is a PWM model that spins at a maximum of 1500 RPM and generates a maximum of 66.8 CFM of airflow. It has a rubber pad attached to the back to prevent vibrations being transferred to the heatsink. The fans fix to the cooler using a wire clip on either side.

The TopFlow design of the cooler has allowed Be Quiet! to make the cooler substantially lower profile than their equivalent tower coolers. We would have liked to see fan mounts on the underside of the heatsink as well, though, as this would allow us to install the cooler in even more space restricted environments.

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