Published on Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:51
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From time to time some of you have asked us about what we believe is the best CPU cooling solution currently in the market and although I’ve said numerous times that things are not black and white still that question seems to land in our inbox quite often. Personally i think that getting any CPU cooler requires making some compromises so as i always say it comes down to what you really want and/or need and how much you're willing to spend. For example towers with good airflow levels will do fine with just a regular air cooler while small mini-ATX/ITX cases will probably be better off with a AIO liquid cooler and if you happen to want the best of the best then a custom water cooling loop or a Freon solution are the obvious choices. Since however AIO liquid CPU coolers combine the best of both worlds and don't cost nearly as much as a custom water cooling loop it doesn't really come as a surprise that they've become the number 1 choice for gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts all over the world so with that in mind today we're taking a look at the brand new Tundra TD02-E by SilverStone.
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As the name clearly states the Tundra TD02-E is an updated version of the Tundra TD02 model which we reviewed roughly a year ago and is also the flagship model by SilverStone right above the TD02-Lite which also passed through our lab a couple of months ago. The two very obvious changes between the TD02 and the TD02-E is the thinner radiator (27mm vs 45mm) and the tubings since SilverStone has begun to use flexible PA (Polyamide) ones instead of the much harder FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene). The interior of the waterblock is also slightly modified to increase cooling efficiency (and there are no screws at the bottom) but unfortunately although i was expecting a different pump model roughly 4 years after the release of the TD02 according to the specs provided by SilverStone they've not only used the same high-speed one (2500RPM) but they've also used the exact same 120mm PWM fans (2500RPM/92.5CFM/35dBA). With that in mind i don't know how better the TD02-E can be compared to the TD02 but with roughly 4 years between them i expect it to be there.