Here's the spec:
60(L) x 55(W) x 33.5(H) mm
Copper base with nickel plated aluminum unibody
278(L) x 124(W) x 45(H) mm
1501g (inc fans)
I wanted to start the review with the radiator because for once it hasn't been neglected by the company designing the product. I think we can all agree with the explosion of AIO water coolers, most companies went with practically the same 3rd party design and those that didn't, still neglected the radiator. It was seen as almost like the back end of the product, the ugly server room that does all the work but you hide away in a room at the back of the building. Silverstone have totally redesigned the standard radiator, incorporating a new fin design, tons of aluminium and gloss white plastic accents. Taking a similar approach to what a conventional heatsink does, the TD02 has straight fins that pass across 11 total channels. This should be smoother for airflow.
Another area Silverstone have added a little touch to that is simple but nice is the aluminium panels surrounding the radiator. On the sides they show a slightly lighter shade of grey than the ends which coupled with the well placed black screws is a nice reminder that even though it is a beautiful piece of tech, it is still tech. I definitely like the rounded corners too.
Plastic aside the end tanks give the radiator a bit of colour just like the tubing does which lightens the cooler up a little.
Aluminium is a very popular material at the moment and that's probably down to the fact its not ugly by any stretch of the imagination and it's also a metal. SilverStone's use of an Aluminium unibody block with hex screws in the right places and the hexagonal Silverstone logo attracts the attention and never lets go. It should be against the law to put this in a system that doesn't have a window and lights.
From the side you can see the main unibody has a shiny polished look in comparison to the brushed style top which is nice as unibodies are cool and everything but they are also kind of boring and unimaginative. The block doesn't come without its downsides however. The cables are very flexible and trying to get them to go the way you want without crossing over means a lot of twisting and turning at the block which puts pressure on the stiff connection. It always worries me that they might just snap.
It confuses me too why the tubes come out one side of the cpu block yet the pump power cable comes out the opposite. This just makes things a little confusing when trying to oreintate it for the best look.
Finally we have the copper base and mounting tools. Mounting the TD02 was both simple, easy and something you could do one handed thanks to the spacers which help clamp the bolts to the board. I've mounted easier coolers in the past but this is something even a newbie could do, you cant really over-tighten it either which is a bonus.
Build quality up and down the product is outstanding and despite the fact we can't give it a rating yet or performance based award based on the fact we don't have enough to compare it too, the TD02 will receive our EDITORS CHOICE award.
To sum it up, the TD02 is so beautiful and such an amazing piece of manufacturing that we have put it in our test bench and featured it in our test bench's project log which you can check out here.
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