A Closer Look at the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E
As usual with any of our cooler reviews, we first look at the aesthetical characteristics of the unit itself. The Tundra TD03-E, like most SilverStone products, comes well packaged. I usually avoid talking about a product’s packaging, but SilverStone definitely deserves a worthy mention, since a well packaged item can be a sign of a great product. We are on for a good start with this one.
Included with the SilverStone Tundra TD03 are two 120 mm PWM fans, a 4-pin Y-splitter, a 4 pin to molex power adapter, thermal paste, the necessary screws to mount the cooler on most Intel and AMD sockets of the last decade, and an instruction manual.
Tubing measurements of the Tundra TD03-E are average. At 310 mm, they are shorter than the Cooler Master Nepton 120XL, but longer than those of both the Corsair H80 and H80i. The tubes’ rubber construction allow it to be easily flexed without kinking. The tubes are attached to the side of the cooler’s block using 90 degree swivel barbs which should avoid any kinks near the block.
At the bottom of the head unit we find a copper based cold plate with no screws, which should in theory allow for thermal paste to sit more evenly between the block and the processor. There are no major deviations or seams, however the base could benefit from being polished.Aside from the base, the base of the cooler is made with an aluminum uni-body, with a nickle plated exterior for a more stylish look.
Like the body of the pump, the radiator is also constructed using aluminum. The radiator measures 159mm (L) x 124mm (W) x 27mm (H), which is fairly standard for a 120 mm radiator. Unlike other radiators were the fins are stacked in a grooved pattern, the fins in this radiator are completely flat, perpendicular to the water channels on the radiator. SilverStone claims that this allows for better cooling by allowing the fins to touch all sides of the piping.
Adorning the side of the radiator, is a carbon fiber pattern covered by a plastic cover which should protect the radiator from scratches. The radiator also has appropriate spacing between the fins and the screw hole points to prevent the fins from being bent. SilverStone also added some noise-dampening material in the screw joints to prevent rattling from occurring. These small features are greatly appreciated, and come at no surprise from a company like SilverStone.