SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

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TESTING

System Configuration:

Measurement and Analysis Tools

System temperatures and noise levels were recorded with SpeedFan and GPU-Z at idle and on load using Prime95 (large FFTs setting) and FurMark, an OpenGL benchmarking and stability testing utility.

Stock Fan Noise


The 18 cm intake fan.

The Temjin TJ08-E ships with a single 18 cm 3-pin Air Penetrator fan with the model number "S1803212HN-3M" which is the same fan included with the Sugo SG07. It has a top speed of ~1200 RPM and a power rating of 0.45 amps (5.4W). Its acoustic character is reasonably good with a smooth profile at lower speeds. It also has a slight hum that becomes more pronounced at medium speed but is drowned out by air turbulence at higher speeds.

Baseline Noise Level
Fan Mode
Fan Voltage
Low
9V
10V
11V
12V
13~14 dBA
19 dBA
24 dBA
27 dBA
High
 
7V
9V
12V
27 dBA
32 dBA
37 dBA
Measuring mic positioned 1m at diagonal angle left/front of case.

Powered by a full 12V, the low speed setting is disappointing, measuring an unacceptable 27 dBA@1m (equivalent to 7V at the high speed setting). We recommend using the low setting combined with some kind of voltage control, either via your motherboard or a dedicated fan control device. 9V~10V is a good starting range depending on the other components in the system.


The case measures 19 dBA@1m with the stock fan running at 10V/low.

Hard Drive Vibration

Despite its padded hard drive cage, the TJ08-E suffers from HDD vibration. With our test system turned on, a rhythmic hum was clearly audible at one meter distance and closer. Gently pressing on the side panels completely eliminated this effect, so damping them should be considered. We suggest a block of styrofoam or other firm material placed next to the hard drive cage or adhered to the metal frame of the optical drive bays or power supply section. This would push against the panels, hopefully creating enough tension to eliminate the problem.



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