SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E: MicroATX Evolved

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TEST RESULTS: Radeon HD 5450

Our first test configuration features a low power passively cooled graphics card, a Radeon HD 5450. Our test configuration only gives us temperature data on the CPU and hard drive(s), so the HD 5450 gives us an extra data point from a different location within the case.


Our test system with a Radeon HD 5450.


System Measurements (Radeon HD 5450)
System State
Idle
CPU + GPU Load
System Fan Speeds
off
9V
12V
CPU Temp
24°C
78°C
60°C
56°C
HD Temp
29°C
34°C
25°C
23°C
GPU Temp
38°C
73°C
56°C
49°C
SPL@1m
17 dBA
18 dBA
19 dBA
28 dBA
System Power
48W
161W
154W
152W
CPU fan set to 9V.
Fan controller set to low.
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

With only a single low speed CPU fan active, our test system heated up considerably under load, as the CPU temperature flirted with the 80°C mark. The 18 cm Air Penetrator running on low/9V was a massive improvement, chilling the hard drive by 9°C, the GPU core by 17°C, and the processor by 18°C. Best of all it was fairly quiet, measuring 19 dBA@1m. Pumping up the fan speed further resulted in additional gains, but it simply wasn't worth the trade-off in noise.


Our HD 5450 test system on load measured 19 dBA@1m.


Radeon HD 5450 Configuration: Comparison (Load)
Case
Lian Li PC-V354*
SilverStone TJ08-E
SilverStone FT03*
System Fan Speeds
3 x 6V (two intake, one exhaust)
low/9V
3 x 5V
CPU Temp
56°C
60°C
56°C
HD Temp
28°C
25°C
36°C
GPU Temp
65°C
56°C
68°C
SPL@1m
18 dBA
19 dBA
20 dBA
*Due to compatibility issues, the FT03 was tested with a Seasonic X-650 power supply (vs. Cooler Master M700) and the PC-V354 with a Noctua NH-C12P heatsink (vs. NH-U12P).
CPU fan set to 9V.
Ambient temperature: 22°C.

Put up against its microATX rivals, the Lian Li PC-V354 and SilverStone Fortress FT03, the TJ08-E puts on an impressive showing with our HD 5450 test configuration. The large intake fan gave it a big edge in system cooling, with a substantially lower GPU temperature. The PC-V354 generated a lower CPU temperature, but keep in mind the TJ08-E has an optional 120 mm exhaust fan mount that if used could even this battle out. The noise level required to produce this result was slightly higher, but well worth it.



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