Established in 2003. SilverStone is a popular name in the PC industry. SilverStone has been serving its customers across the globe for many years. The company itself has a strong reputation in manufacturing quality products, and believing in outstanding design and high levels of customer satisfaction, which also led to the top notch products in the market. Mainly specialized in power supplies, while cooling solutions, PC chassis, storage units and many categorical accessories are also included in its portfolio.
Recently, I received the SilverStone TD02 – LITE Tundra series Liquid cooling solution for testing. Courtesy of SilverStone.
Today, I am taking a look at the SilverStone Tundra series SST-TD02-LITE All-in-One Liquid Cooler. It’s a good looking CPU Liquid cooler for both platforms, Intel & AMD. Has a radiator dimension of 273 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm and comes with 2x 120mm fans and weighing 990g including box. A 240mm AIO cooler offering enough cooling output to the high overclocking systems under controlled ambient environment. That being said, the probing and results will show how good this AIO liquid cooler is.
Looking at the box, it’s a plain, brown box with printed content across sides. The top view displays SilverStone logo at the top left corner and a product model next to it. Cooler sketching and silent features in middle, and socket compatibility at bottom. In addition, the bottom left contains an AMD RYZEN AM4 Ready! Sticker. Which means TD02 LITE is fully compatible with all socket types of AMD released till today.
Around the side, the specification list and very important features are multilingual.
The Bottom view of the box is more of visuals. It gives a measurement of the cooler, including the radiator, the tubes, the pump, and the copper base. Such visualized presentation is very handy for consumers looking for quick notes.
Inside the box, I found a manual on top and white styrofoam for protection inside the packaging. An installation manual having information regarding installation kit, its specification and a ‘How to Install’ guide, too, available in multiple languages.
Deep inside, I have the core stuff, and everything is packed in the plastic bags as usual one will experience with any other AIO cooling solution packaging.
Took everything out of the box, and I have AIO pre-installed cooler, 2x 120mm fans and the accessories box in white. The accessories box includes many screws, a backplate for INTEL & AMD, a couple of mounting brackets, a thermal compound, a pad, a Y-cable, one molex connector and a sticker..
Unpack the Screws bag, I have many screws and I am listing them below. Sequence from left to right.
- 8x fan mounting screws in dark grey
- 8x additional mounting screws in dark grey
- 4x long backplate screws in silver
- 2x socket 2011 screws in silver
- 4x thumb screws for cpu block in silver
- 8x small radiator mounting screws in chassis
- 4x plastic washer in black
- 4x plastic rings in black
A Closer Look
Looking at the radiator, it’s a black, aluminum radiator with many fins in the middle. The sides look pretty good and screw holes have a good finish, while it only has space for installing 2x 120mm fans at max.
A couple of tubes being connected to both ends, one with radiator and other one to the CPU Block. The rubber tubes with matte black color scheme pretty much regular stuff, while being 310mm long for full tower cases.
The CPU block, on the other hand, is well polished with excellent finish. The cold plate has a copper base with plastic body. Perfectly connected with top body using several screws. And Please-remove-before-install sticker on top.
Looking at the top, it also has a plastic body having a pump inside that runs at the speed of 2500, while there is a SilverStone logo on top of the pump. Also, the logo contains an LED, so it glows when cooler is operation. The side of the block has a power cable with 3 pin connector, which will power up the pump.
SilverStone has added 2x 120mm fans having 9 white blades, while the frame is mesh black, besides it got 4pin PWM connector. Fan runs at the rate of 2500 revolution per minutes (RPM). Further it has static pressure of 3.5mm /H2O and air flow at 92.3 CFM. In addition, the noise level, according to the specs, is 35 dBA max.
Installation and Final Look
The backplate black, and designed for all sockets of Intel and AMD. What I’ve got is a V2 type backplate, which ensures to be fully compatible with Ryzen AM4 socket, too.
Start off with the back plate and its screws stick at the back of the motherboard. The backplate has two faces, one for INTEL and another one for AMD. The Intel side should face the motherboard. I used the long silver screws and mounted them on all predefined holes. In addition, that similar plate will be used on AMD RYZEN AM4 socket.
Mounted two 120mm SST fans on the radiator by using mounting screws for fans. Also, have a final look to the copper base before it get glued on the chip. Fabulous!
Coming to the front, I placed in the black, rubber washers on all four screws and then applied the paste on to the CPU chip. Bringing the CPU block on to the top, I placed it on top of four screws, placed all four thumb screws upon them, and tightened them with a 4 angle screwdriver. Installation is done!
Overall, I found the installation process was extremely easy. The kit however is very detailed, but Instructional manual eases things up. I took some help from the manual, and found it very precise and handy.
I loved the LED logo on top of the pump, especially when glowing, giving an exquisite look to the block.
- ASUS ROG Maximus VI HERO
- Intel Core i5 4670K 3.4 GHZ (OC 4.5GHz)
- Gskill Trident X 2x4GB 2400mhz
- Gigabyte HD 7850 2GB Graphics card
- Enermax Revolution XT II 650W GOLD PSU
- Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound
The basic test setup is pretty much the same as used in any other CPU cooler testing, using i5 4670K, a 4th generation INTEL processor, on a ASUS Maximus VI HERO motherboard. For high quality testing, Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste, a renowned thermal compound, is used for a high overclocking system. All the test conducted on 33C ambient temperature with +/-1 margin of error.
I used Prime95 25.11v – Blend Mode – torture test for the cooler to be tested on an extra high load. This program can determine the extent to which your CPU can afford to handle the heat, of course under extremely intensive loads. All the tests were run for 15 minutes and it was a good enough time to put probing and getting desired results. I used the wPrime program to probe the CPU Cooler performance under very intense conditions.
The Comparison Cooler I’ve have used:
- Noctua NH-U14S
- Reeven OKEANOS RC-1402
- SilverStone Heligon HE01
Coolers were being tested with default fan(s) specs. To ensure the fair comparison among them, no additional cooling fan is used.
- An Elegant Design
- Good Build Quality
- LED Logo on CPU block
- Excellent Cooling performance
- Very Good Price
- Fully Compatible across platforms
- Fans are noisy at 100% operation
- No RGB fans
Looking at the Cooler, I must concede that the level of work that has been done on the SilverStone TD02 LITE is excellent. The Copper base CPU block, the pump, the tubes, and the radiator has been designed well and I don’t see any problem with them. It may not be the best, but it is one of the top AIO coolers when it comes to design.
Coming to the compatibility, of course nothing to complain about in this area. It supports all Intel and AMD sockets including RYZEN AM4, is worth mentioning. The radiator is 240mm in length that means, you can mount 2x 120mm fan no it. Being connected with the rubber tubes, a 310mm length, ensures to mount on any typical full tower case. On the other hand, the CPU block has an elegant design and the SilverStone LED logo on top of the pump is, nevertheless, a great touch to the final product.
Next is the performance. Looking at the charts, the TD02 Lite performed well, and stock/overclocked temperatures are extremely worth considering. The performance would increase with better ambient temperatures. On the other hand, if it compares to other high end Air coolers, the performance was good, but unable to get significant lead in any test. Nonetheless, TD02 LITE AIO liquid cooler is a very competitive product among AIO and top-tier air coolers.
That being said, one dislike towards this AIO cooler, is the fan performance. I found them quite noisy, especially under 100% fan speed. Although I could bear the noise but others might not. You can get this SilverStone TD02 Lite for $73.99 from Amazon. To be honest, I found the price quite reasonable, being under the $80 price point, especially compared to other air coolers that I’ve tested. Personally, I am loving it, and would recommend to enthusiasts’ who are looking to follow the trend, unless you’re not comfortable with liquid cooling solutions.
Lastly, If you’re searching for a good looking cooling solution having a quality build, uncompromising cooling performance, and that could replace your tower heatsink in a very affordable price, then look no further because SilverStone TD02 LITE fulfills most of the demands.