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  • bequiet! Shadow Rock 2 Heatsink Review



    The bequiet! Shadow Rock 2 is designed for Intel Socket LGA2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 775 and current AMD processors. Here is an overview of the system and testing methodology.
    The system as it was tested
    Asus P9X79 - X79 Chipset
    Intel Core i7 3960x (3.3Ghz) Hex Core 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 15MB L3 Cache
    bequiet! Shadow Rock 2
    Thermaltake Water 2.0 Pro (Dual Fan)

    The CPUID System Monitor was used to obtain and record system temperature data and being that this is a quad core processor we need something that will work across all of the cores at once.  For this task we're using a new version of Prime95 (p95v255a) that will allow you to spawn (n) instances to test with.
    Editors note: Even though the Windows 7 task manager reported 100% processor usage we could never attain a 100% of the rated heat output as documented by Intel (see below) when using Prime95 as a basis for that heat production. Knowing this we ran the stress test until the maximum temperature was attainted and stabilized.

    Other things to consider when judging software induced heat output.
    a) Clock throttling by the processor at high temperatures.
    b) Normal software isn't designed to produce maximum heat output.
    c) Variances of cooling temperature.
    d) Variances in CPU load.
    e) Inaccuracies in thermal diode readouts.
    Of course the list goes on..

    Our testing methodology is aimed to provide a real world look into this heatsink given the test system provided.
    Default Speed
    A C/W rating can quickly be calculated using this formula.

    C/W = (CPU temp - Ambient temp)/(Variance(%) * CPU Watts)
    Allowed variance for this test = 85%
    CPU Watts = 130W

    0.24C/W = (49C - 22C)/(.85(130W))
    For this next test the CPU speed was cranked up to 4.2Ghz and the test was re-run.
    To calculate a new C/W rating for this test we will need to factor in the increased processor wattage. The formula and constants for this are listed below.

    ocC/W = dCPU Watts * (ocMhz / dMhz) * (ocVcore / dVcore)2
    ocMhz = 4200
    dMhz = 3300
    ocVcore = 1.25
    dVcore = 1.2
    The variance still applies for our C/W calculation
    Allowed variance for this test = 85%
    CPU Watts = 180W

    0.24 C/W = (58C - 25C)/(.85(180W))
    Benchmark Conclusion
    In our heatsink and waterblock tests we don't really focus on overall load temperatures but rather how well the product can remove heat given a specified heat load. Since this is a real world testing method we need to take into consideration real world variables and estimate tolerances. This is why we normally only apply 85% of the total wattage output to our heat calculations.

    The resulting C/W number is used to rate how efficient a heatsink or waterblock is based on the given heat load. These numbers can be used to determine heat capacity, the larger the difference the less efficient the heatsink is. (aka not good for overclocking)

    Here we have a heatsink that can clearly handle what our system can dish out, kinda.  All too often we find a rather pronounced variance between the default and overclocked temps which is sometimes good and sometimes bad.  For these tests you'll see that the resulting C/W numbers remained the same meaning that we have not gotten close to the thermal limit of this cooler.

    The thing make note of is that while our C/W numbers remained the same the CPU as only overclocked 900Mhz with a .05v bump in CPU voltage.  In terms of overclocking this isn't all that impressive especially considering that going any faster would quickly collapse the cooler under load.  We noticed a similar situation with the six heatpipe Dark Rock 2 but, with a much higher heat capacity.

    Keep in mind these calculations are provided for demonstration purposes only and may not reflect the actual lab tested C/W rating, but we're pretty close.