All-In-One CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
My final opinion on the SilverStone TD03-E is fairly positive. It performs as expected and although we cant test for reliability, it shows the usual quality and attention to detail of any SilverStone product. But there are still some things that SilverStone could work upon to make the buying experience more positive. Starting with the mounting mechanism, which feels outdated and is difficult to install, SilverStone should include a better retention mechanism for the back-plate, which easily fell if not being held from behind. There should also be an LED turn off switch, in order to match the color scheme of buyers.
SilverStone Tundra TD03-E Conclusion
The performance of the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E is right on the expectation level of most 120 mm all in one coolers. Using the included fans and TIM, it managed to beat some of the 240 mm water-coolers on our first test. In our second test, the TD03-E still passed our Aida64 Stability Test with flying colors, although average temperatures increased by 4 degrees when compared to the stock fan and TIM configuration.
It can almost be proved that I am biased towards SilverStone’s choices of design, but then again, beauty is very subjective and can change from person to person. The SilverStone TD03-E follows SilverStone’s design philosophy with a glossy black finish on the block surrounded by a nickle plated cover at the bottom. The radiator has carbon fiber accents along the side, which is a really nice addition. My only complaint is the blue LED located on top of the block, which unfortunately can not be turned off.
Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to test the reliability of most of the products we review. However, the TD03-E shows some very positive signs when it comes to it’s overall construction. The mounting mechanism is sturdy and showed no signs of flex, it also included the appropriate washers to prevent damage to the motherboard mounting holes in our mounting test. The radiator has the appropriate spacing between the screw joints and the fins to prevent the fins from being damaged. The copper base plate has no screws which should in fact prevent leaks from occurring at the bottom of the plate.
Is the SilverStone TD03-E functional? Like most all-in-one coolers nowadays, the TD03-E comes pre-filled and ready to be used out of the box. There are no complicated steps or problems that should prevent amateur builders from buying the SilverStone TD03-E.
Our last score pertains to the value of the product at hand. The SilverStone TD03-E is priced at $86.99 ( Newegg l Amazon) which is a fairly steep price for a 120 mm water-cooler. However, you do get a product with the uppermost quality backed by a 5 year warranty and SilverStone’s great customer support.
+ Two PWM 120 mm fans included.
+ Stylish design.
+ Above average performance.
+ 5 Year Warranty.
– Mounting mechanism could use some improvement.
– Expensive for a 120 mm AIO.