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be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler Review

Installation
Before getting started on the installation I have to commend be quiet! on the simplicity of the process. It was simple, fast, and painless; I was pleasantly surprised. With that out of the way let’s begin.

The first step in installing the SR1 is to take the multi socket backplate (this single backplate is used for all socket types) and find the correct holes for your CPU type. Place a single clear plastic washer on each of the longer screws and insert them into the correct hole (our socket type is 1155). Repeat at all four corners

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

Now simply pass all four screws through the holes in the motherboard. We pulled the left side screws out and installed them after the backplate was against the motherboard as that side of the backplate couldn’t clear the case’s cut out.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

With all four screws through, keep one hand on the backplate and flip the motherboard over. Slide an oring over each of the screws to hold the back plate and screws in place. I love this added feature, as it makes things so tidy for the installer.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

With the motherboard prepped for install we now need to attach the mounting brackets to the CPU’s base. Using the manual find out which of the three sets correct for your socket type. With the correct brackets in hand, take the remaining four smaller screws and attach the brackets to the base.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

Before going further take a couple minutes to decide how you want the cooler to be oriented. The mounting bracket is square, so any direction will do, but make sure you take the time to find a way that is optimal for your case and components. It’s worth noting that there is actually enough clearance to install the cooler over our fairly tall Corsair Vengeance ram dimms.

Now that everything is ready for install place a grain of rice size bead of thermal material on the CPU. Stand your case back upright. With one hand take the cooler and line it up with the protruding screws around the CPU. With the brackets lined up straight, from behind the mobo using a Philips head screwdriver carefully start to thread each screw into the bracket. I strongly suggest getting all four screws started before tightening any of them down further. Once all four screws are started press the cooler into the CPU and hold it tight. Now using a cross pattern slowing tighten all four screws taking turns with each until they are all snug.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

The cooler is now firmly attached to the CPU and all that is left is to plug the PWM plug into the CPU_FAN header on the motherboard.

be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler be quiet! Shadow Rock TopFlow SR1 CPU Cooler

Installation complete!