SilverStone Temjin TJ-07

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May 15, 2006 by Devon Cooke with Mike Chin

Product
SilverStone Temjin TJ-07
Flagship Tower Case
Manufacturer
SilverStone
Market Price
US$350

SilverStone's top current offering is a case that is designed to be bigger, cooler, and easier to use than any of its competition. Although it shares little of its design with the TJ-06, which we reviewed in December 2004, their spirit is much the same. Both are designed to cool very hot components, especially the processor, and both try to isolate the components thermally for effective cooling.

There are a number of reasons why the TJ-07 has potential for a low-noise system:

  • The bulk of the frame is made from a single piece of thick 4~8mm aluminum, which should help overcome the greater tendency to resonate that aluminum cases often have.
  • It shares some cooling characteristics with the Antec P180, and should have some of the same acoustic benefits. For example, the power supply is fed cool air to keep its fan from ramping up in speed due to temperature rise.
  • It's large enough to allow many custom modifications, such as suspending numerous drives at once.

SilverStone boasts that the TJ-07 was built using "automotive machinery" — the implication being that the strenuous quality control measures (and the manufacturing techniques that make them possible) from the automotive industry have been applied to the TJ-07. The most obvious resulting feature is its "uni-body" frame.


From left to right: SilverStone TJ-07, Antec P180, Generic Mid-tower, ASUS T2-AE1.

The TJ-07 is absolutely huge. Massive would be the perfect word to describe it... except that the literal meaning of massive doesn't quite apply — the lower density of aluminum means that it is actually lighter than the P180 by about 1 kg. despite being bigger in every dimension. Those who felt that the P180 was just a little tight for a watercooling setup should have no such difficulties with the TJ-07. Besides, SilverStone can't really expect anyone to use all seven of the external 5.25" bays, can they?


The TJ-07 peeks out the back behind the black p180.


It cuts a monolithic figure. Toss in some prehistoric monkeys, and you've got the beginnings of a great sci-fi movie...

SPECIFICATIONS: SilverStone Temjin TJ-07
Material
4.0mm ~ 8.0mm uni-body aluminum outer frame, 2.0mm aluminum body
Color
Black or Silver
Motherboard
SSI, Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
Drive Bays
Exposed
5.25" × 7
Internal 3.5" × 6
Cooling System
Top

2 × 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA

Rear 2 × 92mm intake fans, 2100rpm, 23dBA
Bottom

2 × 120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA

Expansion Slots
7
Front I/O Ports
USB 2.0 × 4
IEEE 1394 × 1
audio × 1
MIC × 1
Power Supply
2 x Optional standard PS2 (ATX) or 1 x Redundant PS2
Net Weight
12.9 kg
Dimensions
220 mm (W) × 560 mm (H) × 565 mm (D)

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS: SilverStone Temjin TJ-07
FEATURE & BRIEF COMMENT
Next generation flagship tower case
OK.
Unprecedented uni-body frame constructed with automotive machinery
Should mean a more rigid, less resonant body.
Premium all-aluminum chassis with capacity up to extended ATX, SSI
You can fit just about anything in here. It's that big.
Exceptional cooling potential with calculated airflow design
There's certainly a lot of fans.
User friendly layout with tool-less access
This amounts to lots of thumbscrews
Minimal use of rivets for maximum serviceability
More thumbscrews and screws.


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