Rated 4 out of 5 by 3
Rated 3 out of 5 by Polar14 Good cooler, does the job. Poor mounting solution though.
As a cooler the Shadowrock Pro is a good choice. As a Be Quiet product is runs very quietly (barely audible at all) and keeps the cpu temps optimal. On a 4670K overclocked to 4GHz it's idling around 35-40C (which is about 13-18C above ambient). In cinebench with 100% on all cores it topped out around 60C (38C above ambient). So as a cooler I'm very happy with it.
The con though was the installation. The mounting solution is a bit bizarre. The custom backplate screws directly into the heatsink. Most aftermarket coolers I have used before have a method of securing the backplate before installing the heatsink. The method employed by the Shadowrock makes for a much more complicated install and will be a pain if I want to reseat it later.
I wouldn't say you should avoid this cooler, as most people will only have to deal with the installation once or twice, I would however probably look for a cooler with a simpler mounting solution just to make the installation a little easier.
26 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3dSteve Great product
reduced my CPU temps by around 10deg, super cool and quiet. The heatsink is a beast so its pretty big. Had to take the high heat sinks off 2 of my ram chips to fit the sucker in and doesnt quite fit in my case because of my side fans but I knew that already, so make sure you have room for the heatsink but other than that great build quality and does exactly what it says.
08 September 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Chris Light construction so not likely to strain the motherboard. Good, solid mounting mechanism.
I bought memory that has its own heat sink at the same time as the Pro SR1 and they wouldn't fit together. However, nearly all large CPU heatsinks will have this problem. The lesson is to go with low profile memory even if it doesn't look so badass.
09 August 2012