bequiet Shadow Rock Slim Review

The Build

bequiet Shadow Rock Slim Review

The Build

Regardless of whether you're sticking it to an Intel or AMD chip, the assembly and fitting of the Shadow Rock Slim is by fairly traditional and straight forward means.  First step is to secure the appropriate set of mounting brackets to the base of the heat sink.  A universal back plate is used for both AMD and Intel with slotted holes to accept the varying inter screw distances of the Intel chips over the years. 

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If you're using the back plate then the next step is to use the pass through bolts to lock it in place.  As we're not we simply screw into the 2011 boards own retained back plate with double ended bolts.

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As the cooler is indeed very slim we're not going to be getting overly vexed about access to the nuts that fit over the bolts and hold the whole assembly firmly in place.  It is however necessary to remove the RAM to make the job considerably easier.  That said, we didn't feel the need to take the fan off.

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Neither the cooler or the fan come anywhere close to encroaching on the RAM area so feel free to use RAM with heatsinks to rival the Eiffel tower.  Just a shame that Logo is on its side though.

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The Shadow Rock slim is somewhat dwarfed by the cavernous interior of the Cooler Master "Test Trooper" case we use to undertake all our heatsink testing in.  What is of note though for a cooler with such purportedly demure dimensions is that it stands quite tall at 161mm.  Not a problem in this case but it may cause some issues for those trying to fit it into some of the smaller Mid towers it is perhaps aimed at 

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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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