SilverStone Tundra TD03-E: Performance Test 2
It’s time for our second and most important test. In this test we look to compare each cooler side by side by eliminating all the variables that may hamper our results. This means using our choice of fans and TIM throughout the entirety of this test. Buyers may benefit from buying custom fans and TIM by gaining performance, as well as by reducing the noise coming from the high RPM fans included with most cooling units. Our choice of TIM is Prolimatech PRO-PK3-5G which is an aluminum based solution that does not require any burn in time to reach peak performance.
Yate-Loon Fan Specifications
Our choice of fans include the Yate-Loon D12SM-12 120 mm and D14SM-12 140 mm fans. Yate-Loons are mostly known for their quiet operation, and very low price. They are also very common among power supply fans, and are well known for the many re branded versions available from different companies.
|Dimensions:||120 x 120 x 20 mm||140 x 140 x 20 mm|
|Air Flow Max.:||70.5 CFM||62.0 CFM|
|Noise Level Max.:||33 dBA||29 dBA|
|Fan Speed:||1650 RPM ± 10%||1400 RPM ± 10%|
|Rated Voltage:||12 V DC||12 V DC|
|Input current Max.:||0.30 Amps||0.70 Amps|
Test 2 Results
The stock performance of the SilverStone TD03-E is right on par with most 120 mm All-In-Ones. It manages to beat the all mighty Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo and comes close to beating the bulky Cryorig R1 Ultimate.This comes as no surprise, as we don’t expect such a small cooler to outperform the beasts in the market. As more coolers are released throughout 2015 we will continue to update this chart.
Our overclocked temperature measurements further increase the gap between the SilverStone TD03-E and other coolers. Both the SilverStone TD03-E and TD02-E are greatly affected by a lack of airflow, however this can be interpreted as both the SilverStone TD03-E and TD02-E response greatly to an increased airflow. This can be clearly seen with the stock fans, which happened to have a higher CFM rating than the Yate-Loons we are using for test 2. Using the included fans, temperatures dropped by 4 degrees. But how much louder were they?