Page 4 - Conclusion
From the SilverStone Tundra TD03-E to the TD03-LITE to the TD03-SLIM we are reviewing today, it is easy to see where all their similarities end and differences begin. The SLIM version is the slimmest of the three iterations, and as we have seen, it will affect performance, which is not surprising. The TD03-SLIM is great for small form factor chassis. SilverStone did an excellent job at designing TD03-SLIM to reach such a low profile. With one fan on the radiator, the TD03-SLIM comes in at 37mm, which is an impressive 15mm thinner than the TD03-LITE. SilverStone is constantly pushing to make their all in one liquid coolers even smaller than before, while retaining a reasonable amount of cooling performance. The installation process was simple enough, and the provided instructions were clear. In the aesthetic department, there were some cost saving measures, which did not directly affect performance, such as the lack of carbon fiber finish, but since this is inside your case, this will not matter too much. Other than that, the build quality still feels solid, tubing is still tough, and its braided line will reduce the risk of potential leaks from happening. However, there are areas where the cost saving measures will affect performance, such as baseplate design, aluminum fins not being soldered to the liquid piping, and the fact there is no nickel plated water block. Unfortunately, the LED on the water block still cannot be turned off, but it is not very bright, as it just lights up the edges of the logo. Overall, the SilverStone Tundra TD03-SLIM performed well given its single radiator and fan. In terms of sound emissions, it is very similar to the TD03-LITE. Coming in at $65 USD at press time, the price is around where I expected it to be, being almost $20 cheaper than the TD02-SLIM. The SilverStone Tundra TD03-SLIM aims to be effective in smaller chassis despite how slim it is, and I think SilverStone did an excellent job keeping the performance strong, and the product thin.
SilverStone provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
APH Review Focus Summary:
7/10 means Great product with many advantages and certain insignificant drawbacks; but should be considered before purchasing.
-- Final APH Numeric Rating is 7.0/10
Please note that the APH Numeric Rating system is based off our proprietary guidelines in the Review Focus, and should not be compared to other sites.
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware; Installation
3. Test Results