be quiet! Shadow Rock LP CPU Cooler Review


Shadow Rock LP Benchmarking

In the benchmarks that will be run, we used an Intel 4770k clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost and the low power state enabled. Turbo Boost allows the 4770k to hit up to 3.9GHz right out of the box.

To record temperatures, we used Core Temp, logged the temperatures for 15 minutes or while each program was active, and averaged all 4 cores.

Benchmark wise, we will be using several synthetic and real-world benchmarks to perform normal, heavy, and extreme load. The benchmarks that we’re going to use today include: Prime95, x264, 3DMark 2013 (Firestrike test only), Metro Last Light, and Sleeping Dogs. Prime95 will peg all four cores and eight threads to 100% with the In-Place Large FFT test, which will help us to understand exactly how hot this CPU can get with each cooler.

Ambient temperature during all testing was 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

I have reviewed several other liquid CPU coolers in the past and you will find them in the charts below for comparison purposes.

*** While we’re going to be reviewing this cooler in a full-sized case today, the ideal placement would be in a small form factor case or your HTPC. I do have an HTPC in my house, using the Fractal Design Node 605, however I do not have any benchmarks run against it and it was never really geared to be utilized for such in reviews.


be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - Idle


be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - Prime 95


be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - x264

3D Mark 2013

be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - 3DMark 2013

Metro Last Light

be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - Metro Last Light

Sleeping Dogs

be quiet! Shadow Rock LP - Sleeping Dogs

Overall Results: With not a whole lot of other air coolers to compare to from our previous testing, the Shadow Rock LP performed almost exactly like the full-sized CM Hyper 612 V2, which is impressive. Overall results were very good for a cooler of this caliber.