be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 Review 6

be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 Review



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be quiet! is an enthusiast favorite that is well known for producing a plethora of silence-focused PC products. From cases and coolers to power supplies, they have garnered a significant following over the years. This likely stems from the fact that they don't pad shelves with a new product every few months. be quiet! instead focuses on refining core designs, and it shows as they continue to rack up numerous awards from both reviewers and readers alike, earning their popularity due in part to their philosophy of "no compromise silence and performance."

In today's review, I will be taking a look at the Shadow Rock 3, which features an offset, large cooling tower that receives heat via five Ø6 mm heat pipes with a single 120 mm Shadow Wings 2 fan for airflow. Altogether, the design is rated to handle a maximum TDP of 190 watts. Unlike other manufacturers going with RGB everything, be quiet! opted for a higher contrast black and white theme with no LEDs.

MODEL:Shadow Rock 3
SOCKET SUPPORT:Intel: LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA2011, LGA2066
AMD: AM4 / AM3+
HEATSINK:Material: Aluminium (fins)
Copper (heat pipes)
Dimensions: 162.96 mm x 130 mm x 121.4 mm
Heat pipes: Ø6 mm - 5 pcs
Weight: 606 g
FAN:Model: Shadow Wings 2
Dimensions: 120 mm x 120 mm x 25 mm
Fan Speed: 1600 RPM (max)
Fan Airflow: N/A (max)
Fan Noise: 24.4 dBA
FEATURES:Silent Operation
Heatpipe Direct touch
Five copper heat pipes
Perfect memory compatibility
Easy install
WARRANTY:Three years


The box for the Shadow Rock 3 is fairly compact, with the front showing the cooler and product name on a black background. The left side has a QR code for quick access to product information. In contrast, the back has a short paragraph detailing the product's asymmetrical design that allows for perfect memory clearance on both Intel's LGA115x motherboards and AMD's AM4 motherboards.

Turning to look at the right side of the box, we find a specifications table detailing all the typical information you may need to know. This includes the cooler's weight, dimensions, fan RPM, and supported sockets. Oddly missing, however, is the CFM rating for the fan. Finally, the top, like all the other panels, is black and simply lists the product name and TDP rating, which is 190 watts.


Hurray for foam packaging! be quiet! must know I have a soft spot for it. Jokes aside, they have been using foam for a long time, which is definitely a good thing as product packaging is something that can and is sometimes overlooked. Good packaging gives a product a premium feel over say blister packs and plastic clamshells. Thus, the fact that the Shadow Rock 3 cooler is well packed with foam, and the mounting hardware is secured in the smaller box on the left with the fan on the right, leaves a generally good impression, at least on yours truly.

The mounting hardware is similar to what we have seen from be quiet! previously and should pose no real problems. It supports the majority of today's modern sockets, and while the smaller parts can be a bit of a pain, they do serve a proper purpose. That said, further refinements to the hardware are still possible, with an example being the free-floating mounting bridge.

Common parts supplied for mounting include:
  • 4x Intel backplate screws
  • 4x AMD backplate screws
  • 4x Rubber O-rings
  • 4x AMD washers
  • 4x Mounting bracket screws
  • 4x AMD spacers
  • 4x Intel 115x/1366 spacers
  • 4x Intel spacers
  • 4x Thumbscrews
  • 4x Fan clips
  • 2x AMD mounting arms
  • 2x Intel mounting arms
  • 2x Mounting bridge screws
  • 1x 120 mm x 25 mm fan
  • 1x Intel backplate
  • 1x Cooler mounting bridge
  • 1x Tube of thermal paste
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