Originally Posted by CaptainZombie
Jim, have you tried the Tundra TD02 or TD03? How are the Silverstone AIO's when compared to say Corsair, NZXT, Cooler Master, etc.?
Boy have I Zombie.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the AIO coolers I've tried over the past 24 months or so.
Silverstone: TD-02 & TD-03
CM: Seidon 120V, 120M, 120XL & 240M
Zalman: LQ's 310, 315 & 320
Corsair: H's 50, 70, 80, 80i, 100 & 100i
Antec: Cooler 620 & 920
My impressions to this point. Of all of the units, the Silverstone AIO coolers have the BEST fit, finish and quality IMHO and have some of the best fans of them all.
BUT, EVERY single one of the AIO coolers needs to either have the fans replaced with better quality, higher static pressure fans, OR has to have the PWM fans (TD02/03) set in the bios to a fixed speed that's not at the max.
The worst units I've dealt with overall have been the corsair branded Cool-it systems units (the H80's and H100's, both standard and "i" units), specifically because of the garbage fans they include with them, and the crappy loud ass pumps in them, and the high price to actual temps the units gave.
I've not had them all at the same time to test on the same system to get comparison numbers on temps, I go through too many systems, so I can't give you exact numbers there I'm sorry to say. The only ones I've tested side by side on the same system ([email protected]
@1.35v on an Asus Max5Extreme) were the Seidon 120M, Tundra TD-03, H80, and the Cooler 620, all using the stock fans included with each one. The Tundra beat them all in idle/load temps by 2c/9c, with the 620 and 120M being identical in performance, and sadly, the H80 doing the worst, even with the largest Rad and most noise to my ears. I'll see if I can find my notebook with the exact numbers on those runs, but I'm not gonna kill myself looking
But, here are my choices I would personally use/recommend depending on the system and space allowed.
Entry level mATX and ATX system with no 240 capability in the case and only minor to no OC on proc: CM Seidon 120M or Antec Cooler 620
As above, but with mid to heavy OC and voltage: Tundra TD-03
In a case that will allow for a 240mm rad, regardless of the OC: TD-02 for sure.
But in all honesty, I LOATHE ALL of the AIO coolers, I would rather spend the money on a small custom loop and really see the performance difference. And if you choose your components right on a custom loop, they last way longer AND you can move them to new systems when you upgrade your primary hardware. The custom loops also allow you to tailor each component to your exact needs in the build....... It's like your SG08-Lite, we could assemble a kick ass little loop for it that would keep BOTH your CPU and GPU 10-30c cooler than you are getting now, and be quieter too.
Sadly, everybody in the PC world seems to forget that in today's world of computers, it's way more important to cool your GPUs than the CPUs. An Intel Core-i processor can run at 90c+ for a decade with no degradation or throttling. But, our GPUs NEED to be kept at or below 80c for the best performance, and the colder they can be kept to run, the better. And the GPUs tend to be the loudest parts in our systems when their temps are allowed to get up to 75c+.
Sorry for the long post, kinda went on an unintentional rant there.