Testing & Results
The CPU tested was mounted in a SilverStone PS11B-W case. The case was in it’s normal upright orientation and case doors were fully closed during testing. There are two 140mm front intake fans, and one 120mm exhaust fan.
The front 140mm fans are set to at 100%. The exhaust fan set to 50%. BIOS controlled CPU fans were set to 50% minimum speed with a target temp of 40°C. Settings were left the same for all coolers while testing was done. AMD Cool and Quiet was disabled for all testing.
CPU cooler prep included cleaning and prepping the CPU coolers with the same TIM that was included with the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim. The same amount of TIM was applied to all coolers for this test.
Testing was performed with AIDA64 Engineer software using their stability test application, which generates 100% CPU usage during the entire test run. The stability test was run until CPU temperatures had plateaued, then began to record ambient air temperature and CPU temperatures over the next minute. I then shutdown the PC completely and turned it back on after a minute or so and ran the test 3 times in total.
After swapping and running the test 3 times in the exact same way with the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim, Cooler Master Hyper D92, and AMD stock cooler, I took the results of the CPU temperatures and discarded the highest and lowest temperature results and subtracted that result from the ambient room temperature.
The EVGA GTX 560 Ti was left installed and running with fans set to a static 35% to keep any variance from the GPU out of the equation.
Ambient room temperatures were measured in degrees Celsius using a thermometer with decimal point accuracy.
Motherboard: MSI 870-G45
System Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR3 4GB (2×2) 1600 CL8
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 3.7GHz 1.45 vCore
Video: EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2GB
Disk Drive 1: WD Black 750GB SATA 2
Disk Drive 2: WD Scorpio Blue 350GB 2.5″ SATA 2
Optical Drive: DVD Burner 16x SATA
Enclosure: SilverStone PS11B-W
PSU: OCZ ModXstream 700 watt
Monitor: Acer X223w 24in 1680×1050
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Listed from best to worst, the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim shows just how effective liquid cooling systems can be. With a 7C lower idle, and 7.2C lower 100% temperature over the CoolerMaster Hyper D92 it’s easy to see why enthusiasts like AIO liquid coolers.
At no time during testing could I hear any audible noise from the TD02 Slim pump. Normal fan speeds for the TD02 Slim set to 50% are roughly 1,400 to 1,500 RPM. During testing they would peak at 1,700 to 1,800 RPM. At that level I could not hear them over the sound of my 140mm intake fans on the front of the case. If you put your ear to the top of the case they are clearly audible, but not loud. The 120mm Slim fans were not audible until going over 2,000 RPM. The noise generated by the 140mm front fans is the only thing I can hear otherwise.
As a bit of fun to really see how much heat the TD02 Slim can handle I ran Prime 95 torture test with the in-place large FFT test selected. This generates a lot more heat and caused the TD02 Slim fans to push past 2000 RPM. I recorded the temperature at 24.5C over ambient. Observed temperature on the core was 45C. The Hyper D92 under the same conditions hits 59 to 60C on the core. And the stock cooler, forget it. The stock cooler will not handle the heat from Prime 95.