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SilverStone Tundra Series TD02 All-in-One Liquid Cooler Review

Features and Cooler Design

Features

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  • Easy installation with aluminum clips and steel back-plate
  • Maintenance free, no refill required
  • Dual auto adjustable 120mm PWM fans included
  • Durable full alloy water-block for improved reliability
  • Patented brazing fins radiator increase cooling efficiency by 40%
  • Socket LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011/AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

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The SilverStone Tundra Series TD02 all-in-one liquid cooler is a fully enclosed water cooling unit designed with an aluminum 2x120mm radiator and an aluminum uni-body water block with copper base plate. The radiator and water block are connected with ridged FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) 1/4" inner diameter tubing. The unit comes standard with two 120mm 2500 RPM fans as well.

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The 240mm radiator is an all aluminum unit with plastic covers on the top and bottom of both sides of the radiator for aesthetics and added protection of the top and bottom water chambers within the unit. The radiator has two 1/4" barbs integrated into its design, connected to the CPU block by FEP tubing. The unit has a fin density of 11 FPI (fins per inch). While that is drastically lower than the FPI count on radiators from other manufacturers, the unique construction methods used to fix the individual fins in place within the radiator's body makes up for its lower fin density. Because of the radiator's low fin density, you can use lower RPM fans more effectively with this unit.

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From the side view of the radiator, you can easily see just how thick the unit is. The unit is 45mm thick, just short of the thickness of two standard 120mm fans.

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The TD02's water block is of an aluminum, uni-body design housing both the unit's pump and copper CPU base plate. The block is constructed of three parts with the top plate fixed in place via the top-mounted hex screws. The top plate is brushed aluminum, giving the block a unique look with a blue LED that illuminates the SilverStone logo in its center. The mid-section houses the pump and electronics for the unit with the screws through the top plate holding the mid-section to the copper base plate of the unit. The CPU hold-down arms are screwed directly into grooves in the mid-section of the block, making for a very strong and secure mount. The arms shown are for use with mounting the block to an Intel-based board. A power lead comes off the from of the top plate while the integrated 1/4" barbs are located in the back-middle of the unit. The power lead from the block powers both the pump and integrated LED and is sleeved with high density black plastic sleeve to protect the wires. The power cable terminated in a standard, 3-pin fan connector that can be plugged into a motherboard fan header.

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The unit's copper base plate is unmarred by pass-thru screws because of the unique method SilverStone devised for constructing the water block. SilverStone soldered the base plate to the aluminum body, negating the need for screws through the bottom plate entirely.  The base plate is machined flat and polished to a mirror-finish with only very fine machining and polishing marks evident in the copper. The base plate itself was designed to be wafer thin to minimize the amount of material sitting between the liquid cooling medium and the CPU surface and maximize the cooling potential of the base plate for heat conduction between the CPU and the cooling medium.

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TD02 design schematic
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The TD02 consists of a radiator that is 278mm in length, 120mm wide, and 45mm deep. The radiator and water block are connected by 310mm of FEP tubing. The block itself is 55mm square and 33.5mm deep. Because of the width of the radiator, you will need to double check your case mounting location to ensure that your case can accommodate the radiator and fan thickness (close to 75mm in depth). If you choose to use fans on both sides of the unit, the radiator's depth increases to just shy of 100mm (assuming the use of 25mm thickness fans).

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Used in conjunction with an ATX-based Z87-style board, the TD02's water block encountered not tight fitting areas to the front, rear or sides of the socket. Because of the 90 degree rotary barbs used in the water block, the barbs do not stick out further than the arms of the hold-down bars.

February 19, 2014 | 10:29 AM - Posted by Paws (not verified)

So for just cooling performance, I am not seeing a lot of reasons to go for these AIO water units. The Silver Arrow seems to be just as good as any of them.

February 19, 2014 | 07:03 PM - Posted by biohazard918

The silver arrow is massive you can fit an AIO liquid cooler in a lot of cases that won't handle a big air cooler. They are great for lan boxes as you don't have all the weight hanging off the motherboard same applies to system builders like ibuypower and falcon northwest its much safer to ship a system with an AIO vs a big air cooler. Plus they don't block your ram slots its a matter of personal preference.

February 21, 2014 | 11:30 AM - Posted by PapaDragon

Thanks for the review Morry!

February 24, 2014 | 04:17 PM - Posted by mtrush (not verified)

add a diy cooler for comparison?
120 dual rad up to 120 quad maybe?

February 24, 2014 | 05:09 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

The XSPC kit is a DIY kit...

February 25, 2014 | 11:32 AM - Posted by mtrush (not verified)

okay but isn't it said a high_end air cooler is good a all_in_one watercooler?
why isn't watercooling winning here?

February 25, 2014 | 12:12 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Water cooling does win if you take into account the noise that the high-end air cooler generates.

Also, high-end water cooling is more of a hobby thing.  I have been building custom kits for years because its what I like to do, and you do get lower temps, but there is also a point of diminishing returns with any cooler because of the cooling medium used as well as the heat dissipation medium...

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