Introducing the SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E

The overwhelming majority of cases from SilverStone we've reviewed so far have been based on some very unorthodox designs, featuring layouts that feel ATX in name only. Yet when we visited with them at CES and they showed off the Temjin TJ04-E, we were surprised: at least superficially, the TJ04-E looked like a garden variety ATX case. It had SilverStone's usual clean lines and style, but everything seemed almost too normal. Thankfully we have the Temjin TJ04-E in house today, and while it may indeed look fairly by-the-book at first glance, SilverStone's mad scientists have tweaked quite a few things beneath the surface.

The Temjin TJ04-E is going to seem fairly standard initially, but as we delve deeper into this chassis design you'll see places where SilverStone's engineers have opted to experiment with modern fundamentals. Our review unit is also one of four models based on this chassis: ours is windowless at $149, while a windowed version will be available at $159. Similar to the Temjin TJ08-E and Precision PS07, SilverStone will also have a less flashy version available in the form of the KL04. The TJ04-E models include heatsinks for the hard drive cage as well as a pair of SATA power cables that expand a single SATA lead to four while the KL04 does not, and the KL04 loses the attractive brushed aluminum front panel. The result is a $109 enclosure, or $119 with a windowed side panel.

SilverStone Temjin TJ04-E Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
Drive Bays External 4x 5.25"
Internal 9x 3.5", 6x 2.5"
Cooling Front -
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan
Top 1x 120mm intake fan (additional 1x 140mm fan mount)
Right 1x 120mm intake fan (additional 1x 120mm fan mount)
Bottom 1x 120mm fan mount
Expansion Slots 8
Front I/O Port -
Top I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, headphone and mic jacks
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearance 12.5" (Expansion Cards), 170mm (CPU HSF), 180mm (PSU, recommend 160mm for optimal cabling)
Weight 21.1 lbs (9.6 kg)
Dimensions 8.43" x 19.25" x 19.25" (214mm x 489mm x 489mm)
Price MSRP $149

One of the things SilverStone stressed during our meeting was the sheer mountain of storage space inside the Temjin TJ04-E, and they weren't kidding around. Their removable hard drive cage is capable of holding a staggering nine 3.5" drives, and their smaller removable SSD cage can hold six 2.5" drives. Stacking SSDs together isn't really a big deal, but hard drives might be. Nonetheless, SilverStone was quick to point out not only the inclusion of the removable hard drive heatsinks but also the study Google did in 2007 that revealed that temperatures both too high and too low can increase the failure rate of hard drives. Thus, they designed the TJ04-E to keep hard drives in the "sweet spot," between about 35C to 43C.

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  • cjs150 - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    This is the problem with Silverstone sometimes the execution of the idea has major flaws.

    I love my TJ07, perfect for watercooling but not all the screw holes are perfectly aligned and airflow is so bad it fried two sticks of RAM (non overclocked)
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  • Sabresiberian - Saturday, February 11, 2012 - link

    Why Silverstone is bad: interesting ideas that are poorly manufactured.

    I have one of their BTX cases (remember BTX, was supposed to be the new thing for all of like, a year? :D ). The BTX idea wasn't a problem, but they provided a cheap shroud to direct air flow over the CPU that 1) cracked very easily, and 2) wouldn't allow for even the stock CPU cooler I had at the time. Basically, if you didn't need the extra cooling for the CPU that the shroud made possible, you could use it, but if you did need it, you couldn't.

    The screwless mounts for expansion cards were cheap, too. The case has some (minor) corrosion issues on the inside. I have an ancient Antec that has no corrosion on it at all.

    No telling who actually made the PSU you get from them - it might be a good manufacturer, or it might be a mediocre one. Good thing about their PSUs is they tend to provide more connectors than others, but, again, manufacturing is another story.

    Silverstone is the reason I tell people don't buy PSUs by brand, buy one you read a good, independent review of. I had a bad experience with one of their PSUs and more importantly with the service I got when I sent it in to be checked out before I used it. I read reviews of the thing after I bought it - and was shocked to find out that my favorite PSU company at the time produced such a mediocre product, and that the problem I had was discussed in reviews many months before I bought the one I did. Basically, they knew about it and didn't bother to fix it.

    I liked them when they were first getting known, now, not so much. It's a shame, to me, because I do like companies that innovate. I can't really say they make bad products, and I might cut them some slack if I hadn't had a bad service experience on top of everything else, but I can't recommend them or remain silent when someone else does.
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  • Risforrocket - Sunday, February 12, 2012 - link

    Take a good look at the FT02 and the TJ10 and the TJ11. TJ11 is too expensive but if they made one with the same design (exactly) but did it for, say 300 or 350USD it would be perhaps the best case of all time.

    I have the FT02. It has two issues that I am aware of: It has only 5 3 1/2 drive bays and the 5 1/4 bay devices can't extend back behind the bays much at all, not enough room. These are limitations imposed by the dimensions of the case.

    Silverstone is capable of producing a very nice case. You have to study it though before you buy. So true of so many things, alas.

    I have also had a very good customer support experience with them.
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  • zlandar - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    After my latest build with a Corsair 500R I'm not going back to cases with screws everywhere.

    Is it really too much to ask for nice amenities where the side panels are fitted with thumbscrews that are designed so they don't fall off when you unscrew the panel?

    Drive bays that you can secure into place without screws?

    Premounted screws for the motherboard for ATX boards?

    Fan controller?
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  • Gigantopithecus - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    Try shipping a case that doesn't use screws to secure the hard drives. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    I've had one case with toolless installation (an NZXT with 4 120mm fans in the side, forgot the name) and really don't like it. I don't switch peripherals often enough (every few months at most) and like the stability and standard of having screws. Having toolless stuff means a potential issue with non-standard use cases (5.25"/3.5" adapters) and can lead to less than optimal noise and security performances. On the plus side, it might save you a few minutes when setting everything up. For me, that's a no brainer in favor of screws! :D Reply
  • Impulses - Sunday, February 12, 2012 - link

    Yeah, I think case reviewers place too much emphasis on tool-less designs... I can't blame them, I'd go nutty reviewing even half a dozen cases a year if they all used screws everywhere (and I'm pretty sure Dustin is going thru double or triple that amount of cases/year right now)...

    Realistically though, unless you're pretty hardcore I don't see most enthusiasts doing more than one or two hardware upgrades a year, if that. GPUs are the one thing I upgrade the most often, followed by drives, and those are generally easy swaps even with screws.

    If I was upgrading mobos every year I'm not sure I'd even bother with an ATX case, I'd probably just use some sort of closet-bound rack...
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  • Robalov - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    I don't believe this case should have reached the market in this form, and deserves another iteration of design. From the review, it looks all the changes made to the standard layout are uneccessary and return low/little benefit.

    It's too expensive to boot. Since I am not a 'fan' of silverstone, I would never consider buying this.

    The TJ08 however would be 1st choise for that form factor, and will certainly (barring something better) be in my next project.
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  • Death666Angel - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    This case is ATX while the TJ08(-E) are mATX. So different form factor. :-) But awesome case! Reply
  • Iketh - Friday, February 10, 2012 - link

    too many fans!! Reply

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