Sunday, December 25, 2016

Silverstone Redline Series RL06 PC Case

Silverstone affordable PC enthusiast Redline RL06 case
Official site


■ Stunning exterior styling with fine details
■ Super clean internal look with PSU and drive bay cover
■ Quick access filters for easy cleaning
■ Motherboard back plate opening for quick CPU cooler assembly
■ All black painted interior for stylish look
■ Supports graphics cards up to 13.7"(348mm)


Note that there are several SKUs with varying accessory bundles





Continuing with the recent design fad of totally not having any concessions for ODD, fan controllers or card readers... resulting in a very clean uniform facade.


Array of power button, HDD access LED, USB3, USB2 and audio ports from left to right and the large easily removable 240 magnetic dust mesh. NMI button is MIA...

Windowed Side Panel

Single large window to show off the internal goodies


Sturdy case feet and another easily removable dust mesh, note also the finger access notch to aid easy popping off for the front panel


Single exhaust 120mm non-LED fan, ventilated replaceable i/o plates

Non-windowed Side Panel

Note the mild propensity to pick finger prints on the matte black surface

Plastic coated Thumbscrews

Gentle on your thumbs and case paint job, shown resting on top dust mesh

Panel Folding & Window Clips

Nicely rolled side panel folding, no more painful finger nicks


 Beautifully emblazoned Silverstone branding on the PSU shroud, you just can't miss it!

3  x front 120mm Red LED fans (1200rpm 0.33A)

Multiple cable access holes in the PSU shroud, nice!

Bundled fanbus for more fans than you can imagine. Large CPU socket back access hole to aid easy HSF swaps.

Storage Bays

3.5" sliding trays x 3

2.5" brackets x 2

Fitting Up

Officially supports up to ATX format as the max mobo size, a top 240 radiator of the slim variety is possible


e-ATX - possible?

Water head?

Brilliant Rich Reds

Special mention for the vast improvement in the front panel plastic colour production over the earlier RL05 model sample, very nice!

More brownie points for super easy to clean removable dust meshes

Room for improvement

Reset button MIA, mild finger print magnet as had mentioned earlier and maybe just to nitpick, budgety over-enthu hot glue blob job (hidden away though). No other glaring mis-steps noticed so far.

Initial Impressions

Definitely an attractive modern PC case with a clean facade, glitzy red LED fans and easy handling for assembly and dust management.
  • striking attractive looks
  • generous 3 x 120mm LED fans, 1 x 120mm non-LED fan
  • bundled fanbus supports up to 10 fans
  • beautifully done PSU shroud
  • supports long video cards (350mm) and PSUs (242mm)
  • cable management options

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Silverstone Tundra TD03-E

Silverstone Tundra Series TD03-E - Premier 120mm AIO CPU Water Cooler

What Silverstone says... click for more!

"The Tundra TD03-E is SilverStone’s premier all-in-one liquid cooler... unique alloy water-block is constructed with copper base and aluminum body for better durability compared to plastic-built competitions (sic). The block also has a patented design that eliminates screws in its construction... The radiator has another patented design that utilizes brazing fins similar to those used in top air coolers for increased heat transfer efficiency by up to 40% over traditional radiators. "




■ Easy installation with aluminum clips and steel back-plate
■ Maintenance free, no refill required
■ Dual auto adjustable 120mm PWM fans included
■ Durable alloy water-block for improved reliability
■ Patented *brazing fins radiator increase cooling efficiency by 40%
■ Compatible with socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011/2011-v3/AM2/AM3/FM1/FM

* Soldering, Brazing, and Welding? Explained, click!


The coated white cardboard box is definitely a level above the usual brown box of budget coolers. All specs and essential info are printed clearly in glorious colour too.


All mounting parts and the backplate are made of metal, no budget plastic parts here.

Bundled Fans
2 x Silverstone 0.30A 120mm PWM fans

Note the horizontally placed fins (brazed) and the fin density. All the corner fan holes are also nicely soft padded to dampen vibration and noise.

Contact Plate
Solid copper contact piece without any screws, with a nice smooth finish. Note the luxurious thickness of the metal brackets too (rigidity and clamping strength).

Test Setup

(setup similar to previous Tundra TD02-LITE testing )

AMD APU A10-7870K (features soldered IHS so no heat transfer bottleneck, nice!)
Radeon R7 series iGPU driving a Dell U2713HM monitor at 2560 x 1440 resolution
Asrock FM2A88X Extreme6+ - latest 4.20 UEFI BIOS
Team DDR3-1600 - 2 x 2 GB sticks in dual channel
Stock AMD 125W heatpipe aircooler vs Silverstone Tundra TD03-E
Silverstone ST45SF-G 
Windows 7 x64 fresh installation
hwinfo64 v5.24 real time sensor monitoring - scrutinise mainly the mobo CPU temp sensor*

Open air mobox run ie. caseless

Ambient temps 25-33C as reported by SPH ST website - yes, yet another scorcher of a Temasek September day

*  idle onchip APU temp readings are notoriously uncalibrated by AMD and are thus meaningless, I even enabled negative temp reading (usage mean for LN2 gas heads) in hwinfo64 only to see how ridiculously far it can drop in idle... lol

The A10-7870K was...
  • Initially run at stock clocks on stock aircooler and was actually mildy undervolted 0.05V as the aircooler was running hot and noisy (nearly 5K rpm, BIOS fan normal setting) under the current hot dry weather spell. Overclocking is definitely not a feasible consideration consequently...
  • Next, it was run at the same stock clocks undervolted settings on the Silverstone Tundra TD03-E (BIOS fan normal setting)
  • Finally, overclocked/upvolted APU to 4.5GHz CPU core, 975MHz GPU core and 2GHz Northbridge on the Silverstone Tundra TD03-E (BIOS fan normal setting)

And results are as follows...


Aside from my pet peeve with Silverstone screw metal softness, the Tundra TD03-E has possibly the best mounting brackets I have encountered so far in a AIO cooler. It provides fantastic mounting pressure in conjunction with the thick metal backplate . And in this photo, all the sleeved black fan cables are also clearly demonstrated.

The fans have an audible whine in a quiet room esp. at higher rpm eg. at the POST spin-up but the tonal quality is quite easy on the ears, fortunately.

LED Effect 
Bright blue Silverstone snowflake logo on the CPU block/pump with applied power


First, an introduction to the layout of hwinfo64, the characteristics of the A10-7870K APU - Asrock FM2A88X Extreme6+ combo and the connection arrangement.

The push-pull 120mm fans are connected via the 2 in 1 fan adapter to the CPU fan header and run at BIOS Standard settings varying with CPU load while the Tundra pump is connected to the non-adjustable Power fan header, run at a constant speed.

* Note that the CPU fan sensors detection apparently doesn't do too well  via the 2 in 1 fan adapter, both within the BIOS and hwinfo6


Stability Test Run
All were run for and stopped at the same 5 min mark for mobo CPU temps sensor comparison


Overclocked/upvolted on SS Tundra
Running both faster and much  quieter, totally no where near the 5K rpm whiny AMD 70mm fan. Looks like the 52C CPU load temp is wonderfully low enough to contemplate running a higher overclock if one really needs or wishes.

* Keeping things in perspective, these days my AMD APU rigs are mostly deployed as OpenELEC HTPC or web surfing rigs so practically pointless in pushing this chip further presently

GPGPU Benchmark


Overclocked/upvolted on SS Tundra
- again faster yet cooler and quieter

Cinebench R15 Benchmark

- only done when overclocked/upvolted on SS Tundra

Daily Usage Temps

Surfing, foobar2K, Spotify, downloading and gaming (on iGPU) for just over 7 hours of monitoring shows very acceptable temperatures all round

HEVC* Decode Bench@4.7GHz
Pure CPU power decoding for now... with HTPC as the main intended usage for this CPU and knowing that it needs to be further overclocked in the near future to be potentially viable for HEVC, here's a test run at 4.7GHz.

Load temps at just 52C - simply great cooling and all good results at FHD... it falters at Ultra HD resolution once past 5Mbps data rates for this Godavari generation APU.

* What is HEVC?

Intel Sample Tests

Did not intend to use the following results of my i5-6600K originally since it is not delidded and hence not regreased with a metal TIM. At stock, it does not use soldered TIM which creates an immediate thermal bottleneck right at the heat source. Skylake K processors also do not come with any bundled HSF at all so I had to fall back to my old stock i5-2500K HSF. Lastly, the tests were run at slightly varied vcore (~0.02v) too.

However, instead of wastefully leaving them out and for the sake of the majority of endusers who are mostly Intel users these days, the following results may still be of some interest and use. Note the drastic drop in load temps (max. DTS reading) once the Silverstone TD03-E was installed, a substantial difference of 28C. The sub-60C max. load temps using the Silverstone TD-03-E also hints at further headroom for higher o'c speeds.

This trial run shows the bigger bottleneck for this specific setup/processor is still the stock Intel 2500K HSF which is clearly overwhelmed by the o'c (and not the i5-6600K Intel TIM).

Stock Intel i5-2500K HSF (copper core pancake)

Silverstone TD03-E

HyperPi 0.99b

Asus RealBench
RealBench quickly failed with the Intel stock cooler (PROCHOT triggered) but ran successfully without any heat issues with the Silverstone TD03-E installed. Just ignore the reported impossibly high max vcore, it is a known erratic hwinfo64/C8 issue.

Remember to enable C8 for CPU Package state if you want the vcore to idle at 0V. However, hwinfo64 has this known habit of misreading the max vcore with C8 power state as can be seen in the last RealBench screenshot.


Here are a few token screenshots on 4.6GHz on C7s power state (no 0v vcore drop) where the vcore is properly read by hwinfo64.

hwbot x265 benchmark v2.0
more info, click!

Initial Impressions

This is Silverstone's premium 120mm AIO cooler and both the build and results show it. The all metal essential components and bundled push-pull fans work to its advantage in achieving impressively cool and quiet operation. Likewise, its premium status is reflected in the SRP S$145.

Its cooling effectiveness can be seen in the significant load temps drop over the stock AMD/Intel air coolers even when overvolted and overclocked. The bundled PWM fans allow one to adjust the fan speed and noise as dictated by CPU load.

As such, it should be attractive to 
  • non-hardcore overclockers wanting no fuss out of the box liquid cooling
  • peace lovers who treasure a tranquil silent yet cool running rig
  • aesthetic seekers after clean uncluttered looks
  • users of boutique RAM with tall heat spreaders
  • compact rig owners lacking room for 240mm AIO liquid coolers
Design wise, the improved mounting mechanism with its all metal parts and rigid backplate is very much welcome for better clamping pressure as well as for less wear and tear from repeated mountings.

The initial setup does involve time spent discerning between the various Intel and AMD brackets and screws, the bundled guide is a little too simplified but still, everything went OK at the very 1st try.

Overall, a compact and very effective premium product from Silverstone.