...won't break the bank and offers good build quality, five nickel-plated heatpipes and an asymmetric fin-stack...
be quiet!'s Shadow Rock 3 is a solid choice when configuring a modern PC to run as discretely as possible.
Available for £45, the cooler won't break the bank and offers good build quality, five nickel-plated heatpipes and an asymmetric fin-stack that's sized to avoid any potential interference and steer well clear of memory slots.
A comprehensive bundle helps simplify an already-easy installation mechanism - a supplied screwdriver and spare thermal paste ensure everything you need is included in the box - and the Shadow Wings 2 120mm PWM fan can keep noise levels down to imperceptible levels. The caveat to that, however, is that while the cooler is satisfyingly quiet, performance isn't quite as exceptional as advertised, particularly on an overclocked many-core CPU.
Bottom line: looking for a no-nonsense cooler that's affordable, capable and quiet? Shadow Rock 3 fits the bill.
Very quiet at stock frequencies
Steers clear of memory
No lights, no software
Middling overclocking performance
be quiet! Shadow Rock 3
The be quiet! Shadow Rock 3 CPU cooler is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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