SilverStone Tundra TD03 Liquid CPU Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is that the cooler be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the unit's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible. For the Tundra series, SilverStone uses a simple bolt-thru system that most enthusiasts have probably seen in some shape or form previously.

Bolts are pushed through a backplate on the trace side of the motherboard, plastic spacers are inserted, and spring-loaded screws are capped to the bolts.

Bolts and spacers in place.

Water block fully mounted.

As we test heatsinks on an open test platform, the TD03 was placed as close as possible to where it would be mounted inside a case, near the exhaust fan placement.

Padding is applied to the corners on each side of the radiator for dampening and the fans are hard mounted.

The water block left a very thin layer of thermal compound on the CPU heatspreader. The globules were fairly small but the imprint was not as faint as some of the higher end heatsinks we've tested in the past. Contact was good but not great.

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