be quiet! Shadow Rock TF 2 is a downward-facing beast

With the current popularity of tower coolers and water cooling systems, it's easy to forget the days when fans used to point down at CPU heatsinks. be quiet! hasn't forgotten, and the Shadow Rock TF 2 combines the shape of old-school CPU coolers with the larger fans used in modern heatsinks. The TF 2 is designed for applications where there's limited room for a cooler, though users obsessed with the temperature and airflow near the power delivery circuitry may equally appreciate its design.

Seeing as the TF 2 weighs in just shy of 24 oz (680 g), it likely offers substantial cooling power. Five 6-mm copper heatpipes ferry heat away from the CPU and into an array of aluminum fins. be quiet! draws special attention to the aluminum caps on the heatpipes, something the company says helps give the cooler a sleeker appearance.

It can be difficult to judge the size of CPU coolers from photographs, but the TF 2 is enormous. The included fan is one of be quiet's 135-mm units. For comparison's sake, the Mini-ITX standard calls for motherboards measuring 6.7" (170 mm) square. The large area of the fin array and the low-profile fan work together to reduce the TF 2's overall height, which measures just 4.4" (11.2 cm).

The included retention hardware can join the cooler with Intel sockets with anywhere between 775 and 2011 pins, and all recent AMD sockets including Ryzen's AM4. be quiet! didn't mention Intel's new LGA 2066, but the silicon giant says LGA 2011 coolers should also work with its upcoming Core-X CPUs. Support for the AMD Threadripper's gargantuan TR4 socket seems less likely.

The Shadow Rock TF 2 is available now for $60. be quiet! backs the top-flow cooler with a three-year warranty.

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    • AnotherReader
    • 3 years ago

    I am of the tribe that prefers down blowing coolers. How does this compare to Noctua’s NH-C14S?

    • swaaye
    • 3 years ago

    I like these down-blowing coolers for the fact that they blow at the VRM area. Though this also highlights how silly that plastic shroud on the motherboard is.

      • maxxcool
      • 3 years ago

      I like it for that reason AND it is not #$%^ing so tall as to make me buy huge deep cases ..

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I have no doubt that this is a formidable cooler, but there are certain sockets I would not trust to hang 690g from.

    I’ve seen too many motherboards die/misbehave after a year or two of no obvious reason but that they notably have tight retention on the cooler or heavy coolers that are visibly warping the board around the socket area.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 3 years ago

    Doesn’t have RGB lighting.

    Fail.

    • Dysthymia
    • 3 years ago

    At ~$60, why not just get a Corsair [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181030<]H60[/url<] instead?

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      Some people don’t want liquid cooling anywhere near their electronics.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 3 years ago

      120-mm standard-thickness liquid coolers likely aren’t going to be appreciably better at cooling, nor will they be quieter than the be quiet! at idle.

      • synthtel2
      • 3 years ago

      This will idle a lot quieter and be more reliable in the long-term, and the H60’s advantages in other areas probably won’t be that big.

        • southrncomfortjm
        • 3 years ago

        Wouldn’t this idle silently?

          • synthtel2
          • 3 years ago

          If your mobo’s fan control goes down to 0%, then sure. I think most do these days. Mine does, but I still idle fans at 25-30% because I’m sick of random hardware failures and don’t want to cut any corners when it comes to cooling.

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            … besides if someone says they can hear a modern quiet fan at 25% ratio from 3 feet, I’ll give them a job atop an air traffic control tower.

            • synthtel2
            • 3 years ago

            It just depends on the environment. My current setup is two NF-A9s idling at ~700 RPM (probably 35%) in a fairly open case. Right now, I can’t even hear them at 6 inches because the fridge is running, the wind is blowing, and a couple other things like that. On a calm day out here in the country with nothing else going on in the house? Yeah, I can hear my computer from maybe 6 feet.

            Too many people in the modern era don’t know what silence really is.

      • kmm
      • 3 years ago

      In addition to all the other comments, this will fit in some cases where there’s no 120 mm fan mounting spot available for the H60, and it would cool the VRMs better (and RAM but that matters less).

      And it’s not going to fail over time in a way that’s not readily replaceable. You can always change a fan several years down the line. If the pump in an AIO starts having problems after the warranty period, or there are other issues, you probably need to swap the whole unit.

    • maxxcool
    • 3 years ago

    Ah there we go, and has enough room for Gskills heat sink towers on the Dimms. this I like.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 years ago

      It’s good that there’s clearance.

      It’s not so good that you need to remove the heat sink to reseat or upgrade your RAM….

        • maxxcool
        • 3 years ago

        Gotta be honest, once built i never seem to ad ram.. last build was a 4670k for home gaming, dropped 16gb in it wont likely add any more until the next build which will be either a 4.5ghz ZEN or a 5.5 ghz intel whatever-edition.

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        And since it’s nearly as tall as a 92mm tower heatsink, you might as well go that route since the tower will provide the same/better cooling, cost less, and allow for replacement/adding ram.

          • synthtel2
          • 3 years ago

          Will it? This looks like it easily beats my NH-D9L on both fin area and airflow. The tower has all the miscellaneous advantages, but probably not one in raw cooling capacity.

          (The D9L does provide VRM cooling too, which is the biggest reason I chose it over the bigger U9S.)

        • caconym
        • 3 years ago

        It seems like there’d be enough wiggle room to pull them out in order, as long as the RAM isn’t crazy-tall. At least is a big-ish case. And with my tiny, baby hands.

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