SilverStone Tundra TD02 LITE Review
Published: 28th July 2015 | Source: SilverStone | Price: 68.99 @ OCUK |
Remember Trinity? No, not the Latex laden lovely from the Matrix Movies, although I will allow you a few moments to ponder the image. Back with us? Good. By Trinity we mean the Holy Trinity, the means by which we assess coolers. In simple terms, and in no particular order a cooler must look good, keep things cool and be as quiet as possible. The reason for starting the conclusion by reminding you of this is that when we compare the TD02 LITE to the original and it has to be said more expensive version we see a perfect example of the Trinity in action.
But before we give you or thoughts on how it faired, let's have a look at the LITE in more detail and spend a bit of time comparing it to the original version. Open up the plain brown box and you'll find that like the Original the LITE is a 240mm radiator based AIO. Unlike the original however it has a more traditional Aluminium finned radiator and does not utilise the rigid brazing fin technique we saw before. The radiator in fact bears a remarkable resemblance to rads we've seen on other AIOs, some of which have failed to impress us with their performance. The Pump assembly also differs considerably. Gone is the classy Nickel coated metal body, replaced instead with a simple plastic affair, again more akin to many of the others on the market. The Contact plate itself is also different in that it's now screwed to the pump body as opposed to being bonded as in the original. The rubber tubing and white bladed fans though do remain a common part
The LITE comes pre-assembled with Intel brackets, but these can be easily removed in favour of the supplied AMD brackets. Inside the accessories box there's everything you're going to need to fit it to a whole raft of CPUs from both sides of the fence. Fitting it into your case is about as simple as it gets, with a set of mounting screws attaching to your motherboard or back plate and the Pump assembly simply being screwed down in place on top using the supplied spring tensioned bolts.
In use at the full 12v and generating a not insignificant 36dB(A) the LITE is not going to be easy to ignore. However, if you're mid gaming session, with the speakers up, or your head phones on it's going to be less of an issue. With the fans backed down a bit the noise settles down, reaching a mere whisper at its lowest rpm setting, where, it's nice to know the pump also fails to sonically intrude.
To be honest we weren't expecting great things with regards to performance. The original didn't exactly have stellar cooling capabilities, and as we've noted, the rad used on the LITE bears more than a passing resemblance to others we've seen on AIOs that performed very weakly. Well, we couldn't have been more wrong. The LITE offered us great performance right out of the blocks, and all the way up to the hallowed 4.6GHz mark. In the process it saw off not just the more expensive glamorous original version of the Tundra, but also a good few higher priced AIOs from other manufacturers, including the one that it shares a rad with.
So what of the competition. Well, there are a good many 240mm AIOs that cost a hell of a lot more than the £69 being asked for the LITE. OK, so some of these perform better than the LITE, but that said, some of them don't perform nearly as well. The only other real contender cost wise is the Raijintek Triton. At just £65 it's in the same territory as the LITE and is, in itself, a nice bit of kit, let down only by its poor performance on anything but full rpm. The only other thing we really want to add though is that the LITE version of the Tundra is actually only £7 less than the original. Come on SilverStone, LITE means LITE. Had you made this thing £60 we'd have been all over it, especially as it blows the original out of the water. As it stands though, if you're on a very tight budget and need a cooler that will absorb as much heat as you can throw at it the SilverStone Tundra TD02 LITE should be high up on your shopping list.