bequiet Shadow Rock Slim Review

Up Close: The Cooler

bequiet Shadow Rock Slim Review

Up Close:  The Cooler

At just 52mm deep without the 22mm deep 130mm silent wings fan the Shadow Rock Slim certainly justifies its name.  We've seen these fans before on other bequiet products and they seem to do the job pretty well, and as importantly, quietly.  at 130mm the fan is actually slightly oversize for the fin stack, overlapping it by quite a margin at the base, on the plus side, this additional airflow will help keep things cool around the CPU area.  The fan is powered by means of a 220mm long 4pin PWM connector.

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The 4x6mm Heat pipes are distributed evenly within the fin stack which should make for even heat distribution.  A slight notching to the otherwise clean lines of the fin stack is, we think, intended to give the illusion of twin stacks.  Either that or bequiet think that reducing the heat disipant area will increase the coolers abilities.

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The fin stack comprises of 52 aluminium elements, topped off with a thicker Aluminium top plate.  Although finished in matte Nickel, as opposed to the Black we saw when we looked at the Dark Rock Pro3, the overall effect and feel is of a high quality, high cost component.  It certainly looks like it costs a great deal more than the £33 being asked for it. 

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The thick, almost billet like Aluminium top plate does a great deal to add to this feel of quality, as do the milled chrome effect heat pipe end caps, which to me resemble miniature versions of the volume and selection knobs seen on 1970s Hi-Fi separates.  We also quite like the machined simplicity of the recessed hex bolt heads and the elegant bequiet logo, but as remarked when we reviewed the Pro3, it's a shame the logo appears on its side when the cooler is mounted in the case.

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The heat pipes are securely held into the base plate, although we did note there was quite a large amount of solder bleed in evidence.  This of course won't be seen when the cooler is mounted, but we're not called OC3D without good reason.  Although not polished to a mirror finish the base plate has been machined and appears very flat indeed

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02-05-2014, 08:58:32

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...124948659l.png

Let's take a look at the appropriately named bequiet Shadow Rock Slim


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02-05-2014, 13:09:05

Davva2004
Great review, but seeing as this is oc3d is it okay for me to point out the spelling error?

02-05-2014, 13:10:53

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Davva2004 View Post
Great review, but seeing as this is oc3d is it okay for me to point out the spelling error?
Yeah in the page header - BAD GARY!

02-05-2014, 17:20:39

G-Dubs
Whoops! And it's not like I can even blame the keyboard. My apologies to bequiet. TBH always had a bit of a blind spot for double letter combinations in words.

05-05-2014, 03:33:10

Zoot
How difficult is it to get your hands on a 135mm fan in the event the cooler's fan kicks the bucket? I don't think I've ever seen them being sold.

05-05-2014, 04:48:56

G-Dubs
The odds of a fan kicking the bucket are so close to zero as to not really be worth factoring in to a purchase decision. In the event that it did however the spring clips would enable a 140mm unit to be fitted.

05-05-2014, 05:10:53

Feronix
Zalman do a 135mm fan, but the mounting holes are for 120mm standards:
http://www.zalman.com/global/product...ad.php?Idx=432

Nice review though, Gary. For the price it seems like a nice, quiet alternative to the Hyper 212 Evo.

Oh and pssssst
http://youtu.be/lh6QSb0qMtc

05-05-2014, 07:01:47

Zoot
Quote:
Originally Posted by G-Dubs View Post
The odds of a fan kicking the bucket are so close to zero as to not really be worth factoring in to a purchase decision. In the event that it did however the spring clips would enable a 140mm unit to be fitted.
No problem then, it's easy enough to pick up a 140mm fan.

But yeah if you're someone like me who'll use the cooler as long as you can use it ie. 4/5/6 years+ you'll have fans fail from time to time.
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