SilverStone Tundra TD02-E CPU Cooler Review
By Julian Duque
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.
Spring signals the fore-coming of summer, but to Benchmark Reviews, it also means time for some cooler reviews. The first manufacturer in our 2015 list is SilverStone. Last week, we reviewed the SilverStone TD03-E, a 120mm all-in-one CPU cooler which served as an update to the already aging TD03. Today we take a look at it’s bigger brother, the SilverStone Tundra TD02-E, an astonishingly stylish 240 mm all-in-one CPU cooler.
SilverStone is mostly known for being a very innovative company. As expected, most of their products have patents, and they continue to appear every time they release a new product. This time, SilverStone has added two features to the Tundra series that set them apart from other coolers. First is the all metal construction of the copper base which has no screws for superior reliability. Second is the premium soldered heatsink fin array in the radiators which should provide a higher heat transfer with fins touching all sides of the liquid piping flowing through the radiator.
Features & Specifications
Courtesy of Silverstonetek.com
|Water block||Dimension||60mm (L) x 55mm (W) x 33.5mm (H)|
|Material||Copper base with nickel-plated aluminum unibody|
|Fan||Dimension||120mm (L) x 120mm (W) x 25mm (D)|
|Noise level||18~35 dBA|
|Connector||4 Pin PWM|
|Radiator||Dimension||278mm (L) x 124mm (W) x 27mm (H)|
|Application||Intel Socket LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011/2011-v3
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
Air-Cooling VS Water-Cooling
There are several misconceptions when it comes to the ordeal of choosing a cooler for your processor. It is true that Water-Cooling may yield better cooling results, mostly due to water’s higher thermal conductivity when compared to the ethanol and ammonia mixture found in most heat-pipes based coolers. But that does not mean that air coolers should not be considered as an option for enthusiasts. Unlike water-coolers, air-coolers do not need a pump, and can be “Passively Cooled” for quieter operation. Although pumps have become more silent and reliable, they should still be considered as another moving part inside your system that may be subject to failure, as well as being a source of noise. Another important factor to take into consideration when choosing the right CPU cooler is compatibility, Most heatsinks require certain parameters to be met including the CPU cooler height limit of your case, and motherboard clearance compatibility. In contrast, water-coolers only require a place to mount the radiator inside your case, as most CPU blocks are small enough to not interfere with important components near the CPU socket.