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

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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SilverStone Technology is a well known brand name with high quality solutions in the form of everything from cases to case-mounted fan controllers and displays. They have also gone through several iterations of CPU all-in-on liquid cooling solutions with their newest models being part of the Tundra Series. The Tundra Series TD02 liquid cooler is designed to cool CPUs of any make, including the latest offering from both Intel and AMD. The cooler is comprised of a massive 2x120mm radiator attached to a copper base plate with integrated pump. To best measure the TD02's performance, we set it against several other high-performance liquid and air-based coolers. With a retail MSRP of $129.99, the TD02 comes in at the higher end of the all-in-one cooler price range.

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Continue reading our review of the SilverStone Tundra Series TD02 all-in-one liquid cooler!

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The Tundra Series TD02 liquid cooler was designed to keep your precious CPU cool under any conditions. Silverstone obviously did their homework in designing this cooler, integrating a 45mm thick 2x120mm aluminum radiator in with a CPU solid copper base plate enclosed in an all metal shell. This is one of the few all-in-one liquid coolers that I've encountered where the entire CPU block is an all-metal construction. Most are PVC or Acrylic bodies with copper base plates. Further, SilverStone constructed the base place so that the screws securing the copper base plate are secured from the top of the plate, leaving the bottom as an unblemished, solid piece. The base plate itself is machined flat and polished to a mirror-like finish, ensuring optimal mating and heat transfer between the CPU surface and the copper base plate.

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Silverstone includes several desing innovations with the Tundra Series of all-in-one coolers that differentiate them from their competition. The CPU block is an all-metal construction with integrated aluminum hold downs for strength and an unblemished copper base. The radiator is constructed of individually soldered aluminum fins, giving the fin pattern a rectangular look instead of the triangular look to the competitors radiators constructed with a single peice of metal bent in a wave-type pattern to fit in between the liquid channels.

Technical Specifications (taken from the SilverStone website)

Tundra Series TD02 All-in-One Liquid Cooler

Model No.

SST-TD02

Application

Intel Socket LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

Net Weight

1501g

Water block

Dimension

60mm (L) x 55mm (W) x 33.5mm (H)

Material

Copper base with nickel-plated aluminum unibody

Pump

Motor speed

2500±200RPM

Rated Voltage

12V

Rated Current

0.28A

Fan

Dimension

120mm (L) x 120mm (W) x 25mm (D)

Speed

1500~2500RPM

Noise level

16~33.5dBA

Rated Voltage

12V

Rated Current

0.3A

Max airflow

92.5CFM

Pressure

3.5mm/H2O

Connector

4 Pin PWM

Radiator

Dimension

278mm (L) x 124mm (W) x 45mm (H)

Material

Aluminum

Tube

Dimension

310mm

Material

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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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