Introduced in 2004, the TJ04 has been a main stable of SilverStone’s prestigious Temjin series of tower chassis. Its excellent original design needed only a few minor tweaks and improvements over the years to keep up with the demands of modern PC hardware. An important equation in keeping the TJ04 a popular choice among system builders was its understated and classic styling. So in designing the TJ04-E (Evolution), SilverStone engineers kept the exterior styling largely unchanged while vastly improving the internals.
The power supply is now bottom-mounted with the ability to accommodate up to four 5.25” drives, nine 3.5” hard drives and six SSDs, raising the bar significantly for storage capacity in a mid tower format. In addition to increased storage capacity, the TJ04-E can also install cards up to 17 inches without the need to remove any hard drive cage, a feat usually accomplished in full towers. To make sure the myriad of component can operate effectively, the TJ04-E includes a custom cooling solution to reduce hard drive temperatures and two custom cables with built-in capacitors to facilitate cable management and improve drive stability.
To finish up TJ04-E’s already impressive layout efficiency, design details borrowed from other great SilverStone products such as positive pressure and quick removable filters will enable users to easily maintain consistently high performance for years to come. So it is possible that TJ04-E, like its predecessor, will again be able to outlast many generations of PC builds.
After a few days . . .
Pros: Ok - I got my hardware moved into this case.
Cons: I put the ssd cage in the hdd cage, 2 ssds & 2 hdds. But with L shaped sata connectors, I had to move the ssds up a space = that ate 20 minutes because of the cage fastened inside a cage fastened to the case, not to mention the screws holding the drives in place.
Other Thoughts: Not a flashy case. Now thinking about how to get a matching jet black rom face plate. Not noisy either, but I put in 3 Cougar fans, which are rated quieter than the Silverstone's. The feet are sturdy - there's about an inch clearance. Top & bottom fans are intakes, as are front side fans. Noctua mounted on board went right in - lost of room with that cpu cutout.
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Beauty of a case
Pros: Silverstone quality w/ aluminum front.
Cons: Without taking out the ssd cage, you're going to have problems routing psu cabling.
Other Thoughts: I bought on impulse after checking web for reviews - anandtech & techtomorrow. Its a beaut of a case, but you have to make compromises. With my GTX 580, it'll be interesting to see if the stock fans will keep it cool, apart from Precision or Afterburner use. I'm a fan of Temjin but want ATX board support. Still think I made the right choice. First review of a new product ! yay ! - went out of stock day after I bought.
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