Silverstone Tundra TD01 External WC Kit Review

Cooling/Water Cooling by piotke @ 2007-11-30

Silverstone introduced a compact external water cooling kit, named the Tundra TD01 a while ago, we stress test this silent cooling solution with a hot running P4 as well as a more eco-friendly Celeron CPU. Does it stand a chance against a high end air cooling setup? We´ll find out.

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More specifications ....

External unit

As the external unit is an important part, we'll take a more detailed look, describing the internal parts and working.

First we see the built in reservoir. It has one tube incoming, and two outgoing that a few centimeters later are combined trough an inversed Y-split. Two pumps are taking care of the flow.

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This bunch of tubes and springs route the flow correctly trough the casing. The unit itself is acting as a radiator, where the cooling liquid goes 3 times trough the casing.

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On the rear side we have the in en outlet from the unit, and a power connection, needed to power the two pumps and the led from the thermometer.

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Internally we find a molex connector, going from the power plug on the rear side to a little PCB. There the power is divided to the two pumps and de the thermometer, using the classic fan headers. Why Silverstone decided to use a molex connector instead of a fixed connection is not really clear, as there's no need for extra power inside the unit.

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Installation; some extra details

In the box we found following items:
  • External unit
  • Water block (+ socket installation + imbus tool)
  • Cooling paste
  • 4 Pieces pre-cut tubing
  • Power cable from computer case to unit
  • Two bottles of cooling liquid
  • PCI rear bracket to pass trough tubing + power
  • Short manual

    The cooling liquid consists of
  • Pure water
  • Anti freeze agent
  • Anti corrosion agent
  • ... and has a blue color.

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    The PCI bracket has decently indicated where to connect what cable or tube. This is also so on the rear side of the unit.

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    And this is how it should look when installed.

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    On to the testing >>>
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