be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 White

Testing

The following system was used to test the cooler:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
– Thermal compound: Noctua NT-H2

 

Software used for testing the cooler:

– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.32.5600
– Intel Burn Test v2.54
– Prime95 29.1

The cooler was tested with the CPU at the default turbo frequency of 4.9 GHz and overclocked to 5 GHz with a core voltage of 1.261 V.
Also, the included fans have been used at their maximum speed.
The room temperature was approximately 26°C (78°F), with 2°C margin of error.
The idle test consists of the CPU sitting idle at the desktop for 30 minutes, the temperature was measured at the end of the test.

 

The settings of the software used are the following:
Intel Burn Test v2.54 – Stress level: Maximum
Prime95 29.1- small FFT
AIDA64 Extreme Version – FPU Benchmark & Temperature monitoring.
Each test was conducted for 40 minutes.

 

Idle

 

Full Load – IntelBurnTestV2

 

Full Load – AIDA64 CPU, FPU & Cache

 

The noise level was measured at three different distances from the fans (10cm, 20cm, 30cm.) the noise was measured with a margin of error of ± 2 db.

 

The Shadow Rock 3 will not cover the RAM slots on an ATX motherboard. This is due to the asymmetrical format of the heatsink.

 

The PCIe expansion slot clearance is very good, with approximately 30mm of space between the heatsink and the graphics card.

 

Final thoughts

The be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 White is on average available for roughly 10 USD or EUR more than the regular variant of the cooler.
The cooler has a good build quality, and the all-white matte coating is evenly applied on every component and surface of the heatsink. The fins of the heatsink have smooth edges that will also provide a solid base for the fan clips to hold onto.

The performance of the Shadow Rock 3 White is good and identical with the performance of the regular variant of the cooler. For a cooler of this size, which also uses just a single 120mm fan, reaching a maximum temperature of 89 degrees Celsius with a i9 9900K CPU overclocked to 5GHz is pretty good.

Thanks to the offset design of the heatsink and heatpipes, the cooler does not interfere with the RAM slots of the motherboard. However, this will pose issues if you want to install a second fan at the back of the cooler. This is due to the fact that the offset design pushes the heatsink too much towards the back of the system.

The installation process is very simple, thanks to a mounting system that is now being used with most mid-range be quiet! coolers. One thing that can be improved here is the main metallic beam, which is difficult to hold in place if the system is not placed on its side. A method of attaching the beam in place on the cooler should be developed, to prevent any movement during the installation process.

In conclusion, the be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 White is a good CPU cooler that now is available in a unique all-white matte finish. The performance of the cooler is good and the same can be said about the build quality.

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