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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Air Cooler Review


by Stuart Davidson - 26th September 2013
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be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Air Cooler Review

be quiet! Shadow Rock 2 CPU Cooler Review

For a while it looked like a number of key manufacturers would take over the high end of the cooling market with their factory sealed liquid coolers. Those guys, like Asetek and CoolIT, built and licenced some impressive units however have never really got to the tipping point which would draw in mainstream users as well as enthusiasts.

More than anything else people just trust air cooling over liquid and for that reason we continue to see a steady stream of new high end heatsinks released. One of the more recent models is Be Quiet's Shadow Rock 2 and that is the focus of our review today.

Packaging and Bundle


Shadow Rock 2 boxShadow Rock 2 box

Be Quiet go with familiar branding on this product and we get a reasonably clear image of the cooler on the front. There is plenty of product information on the other sides and within the box we find the cooler suspended in foam and cardboard.

Shadow Rock 2 bundle

In their own little tray above the cooler we find the bundled items which are installation brackets and items for socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011 as well as AM2/3/FM1/2. The manual covers installs for AMD/Intel systems and some thermal paste is also included as is a mini spanner.

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