SilverStone Tundra TD02 240mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler Review



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SilverStone Tundra TD02 (18)

The build up to SilverStone’s Tundra series of All-In-One closed loop liquid CPU coolers has been a very exciting one for me. While quite a few of news sites falsely reported that the Tundra is based on a collaboration between SilverStone and Asetek/CoolIT, the Tundra series is unique because it is entirely in-house. That means SilverStone designed everything themselves from the ground up. The model we have here today is the flagship Tundra TD02, the 240mm radiator based version, and this unit (like the TD04) uses an aluminium unibody and has some rather unique aesthetics. Aluminium and alloy is are the materials of choice throughout the majority of the product’s construction making it both high quality and unique looking.

Furthermore, the pump head is fully aluminium too and uses a more durable screw-less design as well as integrated mounting brackets to make installation a lot easier. What is also interesting is the radiator which uses a unique patented design. It is certainly like no other radiator I have ever seen before and the main advantage is extra surface area though they’ve also equipped a very thick 45mm wide radiator which is nearly double thickness. Below you can see the SilverStone Tundra TD02 radiator design and then below that you can see a “traditional” radiator fin design.

So straight away before we’ve even delved into testing we can see the Tundra TD02 is very unique in its design, construction and styling. Below you can see the full specifications of the Tundra TD02 but now let us proceed onto the rest of the review.

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  • Wayne

    Now this looks like a really nice cooler and your review really piqued my interest. I’m looking forward to getting my claws into the TD03 because the TD02 won’t fit in my case (on the open bench it’s not a problem naturally). Hopefully I can obtain a ‘sample’ that I can keep but that’s not always guaranteed. I too am not a lover of FEP tubing but this thing looks like it’s built to last so maybe FEP is not a bad choice.

  • sath

    would this fit in a haf x?

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Yes this would fit in a HAF X at the top. You should also be able to get the fans inside the case in push too. If you look at the attached image you can see a H100 in push pull (total thickness is 27+25+25= 77mm) the SilverStone Tundra TD02 is 70mm thick so will definitely fit. If you have any more questions please do no hesitate to ask.

      http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/1206/img9619c.jpg

      • sath

        Thanks for the reply, how about If I wanted to do a push pull as well, would 4 fans be too much ?

        • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

          Inside the case it would BUT If you choose to use “slim” fans it would work. By slim I mean 12mm thick 120mm fans like the Gelid Slim 12, Phobya G-Silent Slim 12 etc. Four of those in push pull would fit. Or alternatively you can use four “normal” (25mm-thick) fans but the second pair would need to mount on top of the case underneath the ventilated plastic shroud.

  • HG

    What about a Phantom 820/Switch 810? Is it possible to fit this is push/pull with standard 25mm fans?

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      That’s a total thickness of 90mm needed between the top of the case and the start of the motherboard. It will vary on what motherboard you choose. A H100(i) in push-pull with standard fans does fit. This might be tight as its 13mm thicker. I’d say it should fit yes, but it does depend a lot on your motherboard. As for the Phantom 820 again I’d say yes but the same precautions apply. Demonstrations here:

      Phantom 820 – http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=48602

      Switch 810 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmBE4BwjoR4

      • HG

        Thanks for the detailed answer!

        The point is that I got some GT AP-15 fans from a friend that I’d like to use in my next build. I thought about a H220 in push/pull, but this Tundra looks very interesting since I’m not really interested in expandibility.

        It seems that someone managed to fit a XT45 radiator in those case but, as you said, probably it depends on the motherboard (that will be probably either a Z87X-UD4H, an Extreme 6 or an Asus Pro)

      • HG

        *fit a XT45 radiator (push/pull) in those cases

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