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Installation begins with the removal of the big clear plastic wind tunnel. The dual clips on each side that hold it in place are rather fiddly, and one has to use some force to get it off. It's a tight fit, and at the back, a portion of the wind tunnel tends to interfere with closing of the side panel. In the photos below, the green arrows show the protruding piece, which was cut away with a hack saw. The cover goes on much more easily now.
A little mod.
With the duct removed, installation of the motherboard can begin.
The test system consisted of various available components in the SPCR lab and do not represent anything like an ideal set. It's just to get an idea of how installation will go, and of the cooling and acoustic properties of the case.
|AOpen MX4SGI-4DL2 M-ATX motherboard
||This microATX board was one of many sought in recent months for a suitable HTPC P4 platform. We'd hoped for one with the extremely versatile BIOS so many AOpen boards have, including some mATX models, but this was not one of them. Vcore adjustments are lacking, although it is otherwise a very full featured board.
|Intel P4-2.8C processor
||It was there, purchased specifically for lab use.
|ATI-9800 Pro VGA w/Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer (original)
||Powerful and hot enough for thermal / noise testing.
|512MB DDR400 OCZ RAM (two 256MB sticks)
||Contribution from OCZ, a sponsor of SPCR.
|Seagate 7200.7 80G hard drive
||It's a very quiet sample, a parallel ATA model with acoustic management turned on.
|Seasonic Super Tornado 400 PSU (Rev.A3)
||A very quiet bottom feeder (airflow wise) 120mm fan PSU that's high on our Recommended list.
|SilverStone NT01 CPU heatsink
||A heatpipe copper HS meant specifically for this case. We ran it without a fan on it.
|Enermax UC-A8FATR4 multifunction panel
||Another sponsor contribution (from Maxpoint), this 4-channel fan controller with 4 temperature sensors, very handy for testing. The fan controller may be PWM but works well with all the fans we have tried.
|Various Panaflo & Nexus fans
||Whatever was handy.
Rather than give you the blow-by-blow details, suffice it to say that the installation process was straightforward and should be fairly easy for anyone with a bit of experience. Even if you are a novice, the TJ06 is not a difficult case to work with. There are no sharp edges that can hurt you, and everything is pretty self-explanatory. SilverStone does provide an installation guide, mostly a step-by-step pictorial, as well as a Socket 478 motherboard list (for assured compatibility) on the TJ06 product page.
Two points of interest:
1. The PSU cables to the motherboard can be routed along the underside of the motherboard tray and brought into the motherboard area via the opening near the wind tunnel location. If the cables are not long enough, then the cables can be run through the HDD cage and down. A little creativity made be needed to ensure tidy routing of cables, and you really need to choose a PSU that has long cables. Most high quality PSUs do.
2. The wind tunnel has an inset that can be removed to make a large notch for better clearance with large Extended ATX motherboards. A smaller inset is also provided.
Here's is our complete system.
Everything but the wind tunnel.
The bottom half.
NOTE: The steel clips for the SilverStone HS were misplaced, so a set of Zalman 6500 plastic clips were pressed into service.
The whole thing, with wind tunnel in place.
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