SilverStone Tundra TD03 Liquid CPU Cooler

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TEST RESULTS

Test Results: SilverStone Tundra TD03 (Pump at 12V)
Fan Voltage
Single Fan
Dual Fan
SPL@1m
Thermal Rise
SPL@1m
12V
36 dBA
36°C
34°C
43 dBA
9V
30~31 dBA
38°C
35°C
35 dBA
7V
25 dBA
39°C
37°C
30 dBA
6V
22 dBA
41°C
38°C
24 dBA
5V
18~19 dBA
44°C
40°C
20 dBA
Pump at 9V
6V
21~22 dBA
42°C
-
5V
18 dBA
44°C
Pump at 7V
6V
21 dBA
42°C
-
5V
17 dBA
46°C
Reference 120 mm Fan (Pump at 12V)
12V
19~20 dBA
41°C
39°C
23 dBA
9V
18 dBA
44°C
40°C
19 dBA
7V
17 dBA
47°C
43°C
18 dBA
Reference 120 mm Fan (Pump at 9V)
12V
18 dBA
41°C
39°C
22~23 dBA
9V
15~16 dBA
44°C
41°C
17 dBA
7V
14~15 dBA
48°C
44°C
16 dBA
Reference 120 mm Fan (Pump at 7V)
12V
17~18 dBA
42°C
40°C
22 dBA
9V
14 dBA
45°C
41°C
15 dBA
7V
13 dBA
50°C
44°C
14 dBA
Measuring mic positioned 1m at diagonal angle from the center of the heatsink.
Ambient noise level: 10~11 dBA.

With the stock fan, the Tundra TD03 is an excellent CPU cooler, but only at high fan speeds. At lower fan speeds, its cooling proficiency dropped to middling range. Equipping the second fan netted about a 3°C drop across the board but the increase in noise meant that no overall gains were obtained; ie, a given noise level provided the same cooling as with one fan. We also found that slowing down the pump had hardly any effect.

Our reference Nexus 120 mm fan delivered better results despite not being designed specifically for this type of cooler. However, it is not entirely surprising given the nonstandard structure of the radiator that is somewhat similar to an air-cooled heatsink. Once again, we found that adjusting the pump voltage accounted for only a minute performance difference, but the Nexus' lower noise levels were obviously preferable.

The Nexus fan's superior acoustics also gave it an edge in dual fan performance. The addition of a second fan was a net positive, especially when both the pump and fans were set to 7V. In this configuration, we observed a 6°C improvement compared to the single reference fan setup.

HEATSINK COMPARISON TABLES

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with Single Stock Fan
SPL (dBA@1m)
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
Thermalright HR-02 Macho
 
39
     
40
41
 
43
 
Scythe Mugen 4
     
40
   
42
 
45
Scythe Yasya
   
40
       
43
   
SilverStone Tundra TD03
(dual ref. 120 mm fans,
pump at 7V)
         
41
44
     
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
     
41
 
43
 
46
 
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
       
42
 
47
 
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
   
41
       
44
54
 
Silverstone Argon AR03
   
43
         
48
SilverStone Tundra TD03
(ref. 120 mm fan, pump at 7V)
   
42
   
45
50
   
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
(dual stock fans)
       
44
     
Scythe Ninja 3
   
44
       
46
   
SilverStone Argon AR01
   
44
         
50
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
   
44
     
47
     
Titan Fenrir
   
45
 
47
     
Cooler Master Seidon 240M (dual stock fans, pump at 7V)
 
40
 
43
   
53
     
Antec Kühler H20 920
(dual stock fans, pump at 7V)
 
41
               
SilverStone Tundra TD03
(dual stock fans, pump at 12V)
40
                 
SilverStone Tundra TD03
(pump at 9V, 7V)
   
44
46
           
Antec Kühler H20 620
(pump at 7V)
 
44
 
47
         
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
45
     
47
 
49
     
GELID Tranquillo Rev.2
 
48
 
49
   
50
     
bequiet! Dark Rock 2
 
48
     
52
 
55
61
 
Zalman CNPS9900DF
48
   
50
   
53
     
Reeven Kelveros
       
51
     
58
GELID GX-7 Rev.2
     
51
     
56
   
Swiftech Polaris 120
         
54
 
59
 
Intel Core i7-980X Stock Cooler
         
53
   
62
 
Enermax ETS-T40
49
         
55
 
64
AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
     
55
     
62
 

The TD03's best results aren't terribly impressive. With a single stock fan, it's in line with the Antec Kühler H20 620, and with dual stock fans it is similar to the larger H20 920. Compared to the multitude of air coolers we've reviewed, it's positioned near the middle along with the other water cooling units. Using our reference fan bumps up its station up considerably but for US$100, plus the cost of the replacement fans, it's not a very cost-effective choice.

°C Rise Comparison: CPU Coolers with 120 mm Reference Fan
Heatsink
Fan voltage / SPL @1m*
12V
(~17 dBA)
9V
(~14 dBA)
7V
(~12 dBA)
Scythe Mugen 4
37
39
41
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C
38
40
43
Thermalright Venomous X
38
41
43
Prolimatech Megahalems
38
41
44
SilverStone Argon AR03
38
41
45
Noctua NH-U12P
39
42
44
Scythe Mugen-2
39
42
45
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
40
42
45
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
40
42
45
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
43
46
SilverStone Argon AR01
41
43
46
Scythe Yasya
41
43
47
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
40
43
48
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
41
44
48
Thermalright Ultra-120
42
45
49
SilverStone Tundra TD03 (pump at 7V)
42
45
50
Titan Fenrir
43
46
50
Scythe Ninja 3
44
47
49
Enermax ETS-T40
44
46
50
Noctua NH-C12P
43
47
51
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
43
47
53
Swiftech Polaris 120
46
49
54
GELID GX-7 Rev.2
47
50
52
Zalman CNPS10X Flex
45
50
54
be quiet! Dark Rock 2
48
50
52
Cooler Master V8
46
50
54
GELID Tranquillo Rev.2
48
50
53
Antec Kühler H20 620
(pump at 9V, 7V, 7V)
46
52
53
Reeven Kelveros
47
51
55
Antec Kühler H20 920
(dual fans, pump at 7V)
48
(fans at 7V)
-
-
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
49
52
58
*Note: there are minor differences in measured SPL due to the variety of fan orientations and mounting methods offered by the compared coolers.

Against competing air coolers armed with the same 120 mm reference fan, the TD03 takes a back seat to a whole host of heatsinks. It's not a bad cooler per se, but keep in mind every single product on this list that placed above it is cheaper, some by half or more.



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