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Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid coolers

Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid coolers

The TS02's build quality is on a level to that of other all-in-one liquid cooler on the market

SilverStone has unveiled two new liquid coolers called the Tundra TD02 and TD03, and from what we saw at Computex 2013, they look seriously impressive.

SilverStone has long been a bit-tech favourite when it comes to cases, and it’s never been afraid to rock the boat when it comes to design, pioneering the inverted and rotated case layouts that are now becoming increasingly popular (the FT04 and Raven 04 are two new additions to that roster also announced at the show). Now it has applied its skills to liquid coolers, creating easily the most attractive and best built we've yet seen.

Of course, sealed all-in-one liquid coolers are nothing new, with Asetek and CoolIT having successfully licensed out their designs to a whole herd of partners, from Corsair and Thermaltake to Antec and even Intel itself. SilverStone’s model is designed internally though, and offers a build quality that, on first inspection, is vastly superior to anything else on the market,

The combined waterblock and pump enclosure is a solid, all-metal piece, with a large flat copper base un-besmirched by screws or bolt heads. The mount arms are all solid aluminium, and the overall effect is entirely reassuring; this isn’t something that’s about to snap or bend during repeated fittings.

Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid coolers Hands-on with SilverStone's Tundra liquid cooler
Click to enlarge - The base is a smooth, flat, copper plate

The rotating sealed fittings connect to sturdy looking ribbed tubing, but it’s the radiator enclosure that really impresses. Rather than the usual bare black-painted copper radiator, the Tundras' are encased in an aluminium and white plastic shroud, making it something you’d actually want to draw attention to inside your case, rather than tuck away in the roof-space. The casing also made the radiator feel extremely solid, and at 60mm deep, it’ll offer plenty of cooling potential in either TD02 (dual 120mm fan) or TD03 (single 120mm fan) configurations. SilverStone told us pricing would be ‘competitive’ in comparison to existing high-end liquid coolers such as Corsair’s H110i.

Excited by SilverStone’s Tundra series? Or does the market have enough liquid-coolers already? Let us know in the forums.

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Noob? 8th June 2013, 20:58 Quote
Really looking forward to these, may swap out my H100 for one of these in the main build.

Got to say the finish does indeed look good on both the smaller and bigger version! Tempted, pricing and warranty will most likely be the decider on what I do.

*Awaits ETA!* Hint: Bit-Tech *Cough*

EDIT: Must say Guys/Girls you've done a great job of covering Computex! Thanks.
Baz 8th June 2013, 21:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Noob?

EDIT: Must say Guys/Girls you've done a great job of covering Computex! Thanks.

Thanks! Honestly, you have no idea how much this means. Really appreciate it.
thom804 8th June 2013, 22:17 Quote
Off topic, but just went to check the FT-04 after you mentioned it. Really not a fan of doors on cases and the trend continues. And they're orientated the mobo into a regular position, eurgh!
Still happy with my FT-02.
Dogbert666 8th June 2013, 23:27 Quote
I should be getting one or more of these in for review asap :)
SpAceman 9th June 2013, 02:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by thom804
Off topic, but just went to check the FT-04 after you mentioned it. Really not a fan of doors on cases and the trend continues. And they're orientated the mobo into a regular position, eurgh!
Still happy with my FT-02.

Well not the regular position. They flipped it over 180 degrees.
Better than stock but not as good as the 90 degree orientation of the older Ravens and Fortresses.
.//TuNdRa 9th June 2013, 02:34 Quote
I should get one of these. TuNdRa with a Tundra. But seriously; I hope these are good. If they prove to be; I'll be recommending these instead of the H80i/100i (Due to the backplate issue.)

Any news on when the new Silverstone Case designs are going to hit the market, anyhow?
Noob? 9th June 2013, 20:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Thanks! Honestly, you have no idea how much this means. Really appreciate it.

As I've said, and I'll say it again, thanks!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dogbert666
I should be getting one or more of these in for review asap :)



Hint: I'll take the review samples if you need to clear some space, I'll store them in my rigs. :D
AverageNinja 9th June 2013, 21:01 Quote
I like those AIOs! They look the part!
Tangster 9th June 2013, 21:11 Quote
Oh my. Those are seriously sexy. I hope Silverstone also market the radiator individually, I'd love to have one in my loop.
Noob? 9th June 2013, 23:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
Oh my. Those are seriously sexy. I hope Silverstone also market the radiator individually, I'd love to have one in my loop.

You've got a point there my friend! ;)
SchizoFrog 10th June 2013, 02:26 Quote
I saw these mentioned somewhere else recently, possibly on Toms, and instantly they got my attention looks wise. I was already considering an AIO cooler for my future build and these look amazing, as does almost everything Silverstone makes. The thing I wish to bring up though is that on the other article, a few people mentioned that the type of tubing used is that of much older models from other manufacturers and isn't anywhere near as good as the tubing now used on almost all models. I'll look forward to a future review to see what you guys actually think of it when you get your hands on them.

Any idea of when we might possibly get a review?
damien c 10th June 2013, 10:51 Quote
About time someone started doing some AIO coolers with a decent sized radiator, but it looks like Nanoxia are really going to turn the screw on Corsair etc.

Saw a video for a new case I think it was, and in it they had a 360mm AIO cooler which looks quite decent but they didn't comment on it and moved along very quickly.
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