I feel like I used up all my good lines when I looked at the TD03. I mean, I was really going on about the aesthetic appeal of that cooler, and just when you thought a larger cooler might look a bit awkward, SilverStone comes off with the TD02 dual 120mm radiator version and it is just as sleek and stylish as the first one was. There are only a couple of things to separate the masses in AIO coolers. One is the option for software, and the second is some sort of lighting. SilverStone does add a bit of blue LED lighting around the snowflake on the top of the head unit, but currently does not offer any software. That being said, outside of that, all other AIOs besides the H220 look exactly the same and SilverStone made sure that wasn't the case with their Tundra series.
The performance at stock levels were very good for the TD02, and when we applied the overclock, it dropped a few spots, but still hung tough in the top ten of all coolers tested. The installation is like that of any other cooler on the market these days, and it took SilverStone to deliver a far superior mounting kit before I realized how weak and flimsy most AIO mounting solutions are.
There still is that one black eye about the Tundra series though, and that is the high level of noise you have to deal with from the fans. The head unit, with the pump inside, that is near silent, but those fans will drown out most other fans in any system. Of course you can look at it like I do and just acknowledge that you are likely to change the fans on this AIO for a set of four to do a push/pull setup, and you can get noise appropriate fans then if you already don't have a set that will work on hand currently.
With a price set as high as $119.99 to obtain this dual 120mm radiator version of the Tundra series with the TD02, I bet many potential buyers will let others lead the way in buying theirs in hopes that just like any other AIO out there, pricing tends to drop as the kit becomes older or slightly outdated. If you want the best of the best, in all categories, and are tired of that plain and simple looking AIO that is currently in your system, step up the quality of your build and opt for an AIO that not only can handle the heat, makes like easy with its awesome mounting system, but with the use of top end materials and finishing touches, you will definitely be the envy of all of your friends and likely the trend setter.
Even if you decide against buying the Tundra series because you own a recently released version from someone else, I bet you are Google searching various vinyl sheets to make yours look like this anyways, and that in itself says a lot. While the pricing is a touch expensive, you definitely get everything an AIO should be.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [SilverStone Tundra TD02 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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