Final Thoughts & Conclusion
This being my first AIO liquid cooler, I’m fairly impressed with the SIlverStone Tundra TD02 Slim. It may not be the power-house of it’s bigger siblings, but in my case it definitely did an awesome job.
Enthusiasts can rejoice now that there is an option out there for a cooler that can fit in a bit smaller enclosure than normal AIO liquid coolers.
Installing the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim was a bit of a pain, but that was mostly due to my inexperience and not foreseeing the potential problems with installing the cooler in the manner the manual instructs you to.
Speaking of the manual, I really did not like the manual at all. Even the PDF version is no different. The small print is hard to read. In fact, I had to use my cell phone camera on macro mode to zoom in on the text to read it. Do yourself a favor and just download the PDF version if you have problems reading small print. Also, the explanations in the steps to install were scant and left a bit of guess work on my end. The illustrations were decent enough for me to understand. SilverStone should re-work their manual for the TD02 Slim, in my opinion.
The performance of the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim was admirable. The TD02 got the job done and did so without a hitch. The pump and fans perform quietly and only get noisy once the fans pass 2,000 RPM.
Appearance is always subjective. A radiator is always going to look like a radiator. It’s kind of hard to make a call on appearance. I’ll say that the pump looks nice. It’s simple, with a SilverStone logo, and LED lights that are understated. I do appreciate the looks of the rubber hoses though. I’m not fond of the rippled hose look on some other coolers.
The construction of the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim is outstanding. Everything fits nice and snug. There isn’t any alignment problems with the parts fitting or mounting holes. It’s perfect.
Functionality of the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim was good. The problems I had during installation were no fault of the unit itself. The TD02 fits in the SilverStone PS11B-W snugly, but it works just fine.
I would recommend the SilverStone Tundra TD02 Slim to anyone who is looking for a good AIO liquid cooler with a case that requires it. There are plenty of options on the market for AIO liquid coolers, but the TD02 has a special niche that just might be the ticket for your needs.
+ Slim design
+ Quiet operation
+ Solid construction
– Manual needs clarification
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award
COMMENT QUESTION: Is liquid cooling worth the added cost?