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Motherboard and Cable Routing
By now, you know that the TJ-07 is divided into two main chambers cooled independently of the
other. The top portion holds the motherboard, expansion cards, and optical drives, and the
bottom holds the power supply and hard drives. The bottom chamber is at least partly subdivided
into three other chambers: One for the power supply and two more for each of
the drive bays.
Divide and conquer: Individual components are separated as much as possible so that each can be cooled without dealing with heat from elsewhere in the system.
Installation begins with removing side panels. SilverStone has tried to make things as easy as possible by using
thumbscrews, but because they all screw directly into the aluminum frame, they frequently stick and bind, which makes them difficult
to remove by hand. Often, a screwdriver was needed to generate enough torque
to remove them smoothly. Steel bushings for the thumbscrews would have
made things much easier.
All the thumbscrews tend to bind in the aluminum frame.
The sheer size makes the case fairly easy to work in. A removable motherboard
tray allows the motherboard and the expansion cards to be put together outside
the case where there is plenty of room to work. This is probably most helpful
for large Extended ATX and SSI motherboards, which may be tight even in the
TJ-07. Note that the motherboard tray slides into tracks, but there's no way to tighten the tray to the tracks; the tray is secured only on the back panel, with six thumbscrews. There is potential for rattling between the motherboard tray and the tracks it fits into.
For regular ATX boards, it's probably not worth going to the trouble of removing
the tray and installing things separately. Removing and replacing the tray is
more trouble that it looks, because the aluminum guide rails have a tendency
to stick, especially when a heavy motherboard is installed
on it. As with the side panels, the thumbscrews often bind in the aluminum
Besides, there's another reason to leave the tray in the case during installation.
The motherboard standoffs are very tall, leaving plenty of room to hide cables
even the thick bundle of cables for the ATX power header. With some careful
planning, all of the cables in the system can be routed beneath the motherboard to keep the main chamber uncluttered. However, if the motherboard
tray is removed from the case, it is impossible to run power cables in this
way unless a power supply with detachable cables is used. The cables must be
routed from the bottom chamber before the motherboard is screwed down.
If the tray is removed, it is too far from the bottom chamber for the power
cables to reach.
Four fans provide a lot of airflow around the top half of the motherboard.
The motherboard tray is removable, but there are reasons to leave it in place
Cables between the top and bottom chambers are routed through these holes.
Motherboard tray completely removed.
Tracks for the motherboard tray: There is no way to lock the tray into its tracks.
The motherboard tray can be easily rattled in its tracks even with all six back thumbscrews tight.
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