One thing I can tell you is that you will find no other AIO offering quite like what you get with the Tundra series of AIO solutions from SilverStone. Of course, you can go and buy any other fat single 120mm version and doll it up yourself, but even then, not to the level SilverStone has taken it. The full metal construction of the head unit is just superb, and something I can appreciate, because I have had caps pop off before, and I have had some really tough times with some of the lame mounting solutions that have come along in some previous AIO offerings.
The TD03 brings you a solid component that is easy to mount with this style of hardware, extruded aluminum mounting legs, and the solidity of the way they are attached to the head unit is something you just have to experience to completely appreciate. There is one bit I did not show in review images about the head unit, and it was mostly because it was near impossible to tell without the lights being off in the room. This is the fact that on every side of the snowflake logo, there are tiny little blue LEDs that do illuminate, but it has to be pitch black in the room or you are looking way too close at the unit to even tell they are there.
Looking past the white tubes, I do like the white tubing as a change, but the color here is irrelevant to the transfer of fluids to the radiator. Here is where things got odd, but SilverStone's ideas do seem to work rather well. Of course, you do have to take some abuse to your ears to get the performance levels to compete with the other AIOs on our charts, but you do have a really slick theme. Since the head unit looks so high-end, the radiator got dressed up in a gunmetal grey tuxedo trimmed with a white tie and cummerbund. I'm sure now that the modders have seen this, more shrouds will show up on other AIO units, but remember folks; SilverStone was the first to show you that an AIO doesn't have to be plastic and black. I do wish the noise levels were a fair bit lower with this kit, because then I feel it would be the complete package that everyone has been waiting for, but never knew it until now.
Even now I keep going back to the material choices and the fact that this cooler does offer things that other solutions near this price point never even pondered as they followed the rest of the band through the parade of AIO coolers. While the pricing may be slightly higher than what we are used to at $99, I think just in sheer looks and performance levels, SilverStone has a real winner on their hands. If they can somehow manage similar performance with a less ear abusive solution in fan choices, the SilverStone Tundra Series TD03 would literally be flying off the shelves faster than the e-tailers could stock them.
I do know this though, there are going to be a lot of people buying these coolers based on the material choices and the stunning looks, but they should be looking at this for the mounting system along with all those other reasons. Even if this is a touch on the loud side, as enthusiasts we are always playing with various fans, and I would still get this AIO just so I didn't have to have the same old boring thing that has been regurgitated in various ways. That was until SilverStone shined the light from the heavens and delivered an AIO, that even now, I still can't get over the features and looks offered in the TD03.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [SilverStone Tundra TD03 AIO CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [The Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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