Silverstone TD02-E & TD03-E Coolers Review
In 2013 Silverstone released their first ever All In One CPU Cooling solutions - the Tundra TD02 and TD03 - and helped redefine how closed loop water coolers should be designed. Before these two products major AIO manufactures all used folded fin based radiators and never really put a high priority on the overall aesthetics of their wares. Then Silverstone released their high-performance, awesome looking Tundra series and pretty much changed everything.
Now Silverstone is hoping to change things yet again with the TD02-E and TD03-E CPU, successors to those highly popular original coolers. With these two revisions, they hope to remove the one area in which the Tundra AIO's were arguably inferior to the competition: size. Put concisely, both the TD02 and TD03 may have been excellent looking and outperformed their competition but their rather thick dimensions caused some installation challenges. Much like Corsair's H80 series, using a thick radiator meant their AIOs simply would not fit into some cases but the so-called “E-series” is about to change all of that.
Make no mistake, even though Silverstone has made ease of installation a high priority with the new E models, neither the single bay, single thickness TD03-E nor the dual bay, single thickness TD02-E has made comprises in the performance department. Rather than simply making the E models less capable than their predecessors Silverstone has taken the intervening time between launches to also improve upon the overall efficiency of their waterblock and pump design.
This is not to say that both models are designed or marketed towards the same consumer. The 120mm TD03-E focuses on mainstream users who prize ease of installation over raw performance and do so at a reasonable price point. Meanwhile the TD02-E is geared towards performance orientated consumers.
Oddly enough, neither of these new models replaces the originals. Rather, they will co-exist and be marketed to slightly different corners of the market. The one negative to this refocusing is that with online average asking prices of $115 (TD03-E) and $99 (TD02-E) these new Tundra models need not only equal their predecessors’ performance but also out-perform a wide variety of less expensive AIOs that have been released since the original Tundra series landed. Such competition includes everything from the Corsair Hydro H60 to the H80i GT for the TD03-E. The TD02-E meanwhile has to contend against the likes of Corsair’s Hydro H100i GTX & H110i GT, Cooler Master's Nepton and Seidon series and even Antec's Kuhler series.
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