The word Silverstone is not only synonymous with the famous race track, but also with high quality cases and coolers. SilverStone create some of the most visually stunning products on the market and not only do they look good, but most of them perform beyond the expected. Today I’m testing the TJ06 case, lets see how it performs.
About SilverStone Tek
Founded in the summer of 2003, SilverStone Technology is now a proven leader in the field of aluminium enclosure design and manufacturing. Our expertise in creating functional works of art from ordinary electronics and computer components is widely recognized. Numerous designs and ideas for improving computer enclosures were first created by our talented team of engineers, who are regarded by many as leaders in their respective fields. Today, SilverStone Technology continues to garner attention and awards that reflect our original vision of creating the most advanced and beautiful products available on the market.
Specs and Description
Only a handful of cases over the years can truly claim to be influential, and we believe the TJ06 belongs in this elite group. The commandingly styled aluminum front panel allows abundant airflow that with an aid of a massive wind tunnel, can achieve cooling performance and quietness at an unprecedented level.
Aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
|Motherboard||Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX|
W / Window
5.25” x 5
|Hidden||3.5” x 6|
120mm intake fan, 2200rpm, 21dBA
|Front||80mm intake fan, 2200rpm, 21dBA|
|Rear||120mm exhaust fan, 1200rpm, 21dBA|
|Customized 120mm CPU wind tunnel|
|Front I/O Port||
USB2.0 x 4
|Power Supply||Optional standard PS2 (ATX), Redundant PS2|
|Dimension||205 mm (W) x 566 mm (H) x 474 mm (D)|
The first thing that you notice about the TJ06 is the effort and class that has been put into the box that it is shipped in. The box displays the case looking its best, and describes all the frontier-pushing features that the TJ06 boasts.
Internally, the case is shipped between the usual two blocks of polystyrene to keep it safe from any knocks and bumps. After whipping these off and removing the plastic bag, the TJ06 and I met; face to face. The case was immediately striking. This is mainly down to its unorthodox size/shape and patterned front grill. The materials used to construct the case are mainly aluminium and steel, with the front of the case being fully brushed aluminium – which SilverStone love to use on all of their products – and the rest of the case is made of the stronger and slightly cheaper steel. The version that I will be testing is the standard silver aluminium colour, however, you can also buy a black version.
The sides of the case are locked into place with small plastic locks that can be opened/closed by pushing them up or down. This is a lot easier than even thumb screws, and allows easy access to the inside of the case.
Inside the case, you find all of the accessories that the case needs. There are motherboard standoffs, screws, 5.25” drive rails, HDD rails, a set of keys, a dual CPU wind tunnel adapter and an instruction pamphlet. The keys are used to lock the front door, which allows access to the drive bays. The instruction manual is useful to a certain degree, and the pictures help, but the case design that the manual is based on is different from the case supplied which makes some parts hard to understand.
The layout of the case is very different from most cases. The motherboard is inserted upside down from what you would normally expect and the HDD bays are vertical. The most obvious difference from any other case, is the inclusion of the see-through plastic wind tunnel at the bottom. This is fitted with 120mm fans at the front and back of the case. The plastic wind tunnel directs the air straight over the hottest parts of the board; the CPU, RAM and PWM. This means that the fans do not have to be as powerful and hence quieter.
The motherboard is mounted differently to fit in with the BTX standard which is based around air movement. This case brings BTX to the ATX generation, and hopefully will prove its benefits.
On the front side of the case, there are I/O ports for firewire, four USBs, microphone and speaker output. Internally these are connected with the standard plugs, however the audio cables terminates in not only the standard AC ’97 lead, but also a HD audio plug.
Above the I/O ports, there is the lock allowing entrance to the front of the case. The power and reset buttons are in vertical alignment on the front of the case, with the power and HDD lights in the middle of them. This further accentuates the height of the case and that it is a tower, rather than your standard ATX case.
The front has several grooves that are meant for visual appeal and they make the front look like its one big heatsink. Behind the front panel you will find the five 5.25” drive bays. These are covered by a snap-off metal cover that can easily be removed. In the door however, the aluminium face plate has to be removed by unscrewing the surprisingly tight screws.
Below the 5.25” bays, there are two floppy drive bays allowing you to use yesteryears technology should you fancy. These are just above a 80mm fan that is rated as 21dBA and sucks air through the front grill. Below this fan is the larger 120mm which is rated at the same volume. In front of this fan is the grill that is just about fine enough to act as a dust filter. This fan is also connected to the air tunnel.
The power supply is mounted in the top right corner. To make installation easier and future upgrades a breeze, SilverStone has come up with the genius idea of being able to take the PSU out the back of the PC, rather than having to remove any system components. This is achieved by using a backplate that the PSU screws to and then this screws to the case. Surprisingly simple but could save hours in the future. This backplate is also removable allowing you to install a redundant second power supply.
The power supply is mounted on rubber stands that should reduce the chance of annoying vibrations being passed from the PSU to the case. Below the power supply, there is a row of six 3.5” drive bays, allowing the most insane amount of system storage.
Running down the rear of the case, there are seven PCI expansion slots with quick-release clips that allow you to install a PCI/AGP/PCIE card without the need to raid the tool box. These slots are covered with removable covers, rather than the usual bend-out-left-with-a-hole-afterwards affairs.
The space for the motherboard supports all of the recent motherboard standards, including: extended ATX, micro ATX (mATX) and the bog standard ATX.
On the back of the case, there is an intrusion switch that you don’t normally see on cases. This provides a little extra security for your much loved hardware. This along with the support for extended ATX motherboards, dual CPU cooling (via the wind tunnel adapter), second redundant PSU, large number of internal HDD mounts shows that this case is aimed more towards server applications rather than gamers; although the cooling ability and its “Transformer” style look, could lend itself to enthusiasts too. To futher entice gamers, you can buy windowed sides for the case.
On the underside of the case, you’ll find the swivel feet that can be moved to provide extra stability. They are made of plastic and are quite flimsy compared to the rest of the full metal design.
Installation and Testing
I installed an AM2 mobo into the TJ06 to see how easy it is to use. This motherboard was easily able to fit into the case, unlike others which may have problems; there is a list of incompatible boards on the SilveStone website.
Fortunately, the heatsink that I have on this CPU isn’t too big so I can use the included wind tunnel with ease. If you have a very large heatsink, exotic cooling (peltier, phase change) or watercooling, then the wind tunnel will not fit into place. You can, however, easily remove i
, so there is little to worry about for those with enthusiast cooling solutions. However, when using hardcore cooling the need for the wind tunnel is negated.
Following the instructions provided, I removed the ‘air guide’ (which means wind tunnel). I then put in all of the ATX standoffs for my motherboard and slotted in the PCI cards, clipping them into place with the screw-less mounting slips.
Installing a HDD is easily done in the TJ06. It is simple done by clipping on the rails provided (which aren’t labelled which is annoying) and slotting them into place. The slots are quick tight which means that you’ll have to use a bit of muscle power to force them in. Once in however, they aren’t going anywhere. Whilst the clip-on rails and slide in method is very quick and doesn’t require any tools, there is no concession made to vibration reduction.
I then slid the optical drives into place, again, using the supplied rails. This then followed with mounting the Sytrin KuFormula HDD Cooler which doesn’t have the standard bottom mounting holes which unfortunately meant that the mounting rail had to be forced into place. There are five 5.25” rails and five 3.5” rails provided with the case, whilst there are thirteen drive bays. If you want to mount more drives then you will have to purchase more rails.
Once everything was installed, I had to contend with the wiring. This was a LOT more difficult that a standard case because the motherboard is in a very different position. This means that are cables that have to be draped across the top of the mobo, and there is little chance for cable management. Annoyingly, in the manual there is supposed to be a large hole in the motherboard mounting plate, that would allow many of the cables to be hidden away. Unfortunately, this hole was not present on the version I was sent meaning that most of the cables are scattered all over the case, reducing appearance and all important temperatures.
The wind tunnel was difficult to get into place as the ATX power plug was just underneath it, meaning that I had to force the tunnel over it. In the end, I removed the dual CPU panel that is meant to allow you to use the provided extension to cool a dual CPU machine. This made installation a lot easier.
Once everything was finally in place, I was ready to power on the PC. Once on, the front LEDs shine bright blue which matches the aluminium. Blue and aluminium seem to be quite a favourite of Silverstone and are present on many of their cases.
The case is very quiet, as all of the fans are rated as 21 dBA. The 120mm fans move a reasonable amount of air: however, as it is being directed over the hot components, it doesn’t need to be a tornado. The 80mm fan isn’t great, but adds a small amount of cooling, while keeping noise to a minimum.
The temperatures of my PC were a little lower than before, while the case was a lot quieter than the previous budget enclosure. This goes to show the difference between ATX and BTX. Considering that BTX would have the headers (IDE, ATX etc.) in more usable places, this case goes a long way to turning people to the joys of cooler, quieter BTX design.
While installing the components, I found that there were several sharp edges inside, leaving my hands cut in several places. A bit of care and these wounds could be avoided.
During installation you are required to open the front door with the supplied keys. If you were to lose these keys then you are stuck for upgrading or changing hardware. I would advice that you leave the keys inside the case if you lose things as easily as me.
Overall the TJ06 is a very nice case. The funky layout inside allows for the unique and patent pending wind tunnel, but it does mean that cable management is nearly non-existent. This case took a long time to install, even with the time saving features such as the drive rails and screw-less PCI expansion clips. That said, I was far from bored doing it; the new features actually require you to read the manual which was a novel experience when it comes to cases.
Silverstone’s Temjin 06 is an interesting new take on case design, and many of the features will be appreciated by the gaming community. However, these features come at a premium and the price-tag might not appeal as much.
|Awesome looks||Odd motherboard mounting|
|Great cooling (BTX-esque)||Cable management difficult|
|Tool-less design||Some motherboards won’t fit|
I’d like to thank SilverStone Technology for providing us with the review sample
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