SilverStone Temjin TJ06

Written by John Chen    Friday, 24 September 2004 11:00
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Case modders and PC enthusiasts surely must know the popular SilverStone brand of computer cases.  They've made a name for themselves by designing some great looking and classy cases.  The most surprising part of their popularity is that they're only about 2 years old.  The company started in 2003 and has blossomed ever since.  SilverStone cases are built with excellent quality, and are now competing with the bigger boys like Cooler Master and Lian Li.  SilverStone does not only focus on cases, but also heatsinks, fans, and power supplies as well.  Today, we have the latest from SilverStone--the Temjin TJ06.  This is their new flagship case that not only provides the excellent classy look, but also with a patented cooling enhancement for your burning hot overclocked CPUs.

 

 


 

 

SilverStone Temjin TJ06

Much like all cases, the TJ06 arrived safe and sound.  It was wrapped by a plastic bag and covered by two thick Styrofoam pads.  Removing the protective layers revealed a stunningly smooth case.  The front panel is aluminum brushed with a very nice black touch.  The rest of the chassis is made of steel, coated with black paint.  The paint job is not cheap either.  After installation and setting it up under my desk, my swiveling chair bumped into it a couple of times and no scratches were made.  Excellent, indeed.

The TJ06' is a full tower.  It's the same height as the ever popular Chieftec/Antec full tower cases.  There is definitely one noticeable feature though, it looks a lot better.  It also has feet at the bottom that swivel out to provide better case stability.  The power and reset buttons are aligned down the center for a uniformed look.  The front panel is actually a swinging door, which has a lock on the side and opens with the provided keys.  The front panel needs to be unlocked in order to install or remove 3.5" and 5.25" drives.  Just below the side of the lock are the front accessible ports: USB, Firewire, line out, and the microphone jack.  The connectors are placed inside and come nicely heatshrinked to avoid cable mess.  The back of the case is also definitely worth taking a second look.  The entire back has been rotated 180°, which means that the motherboard will be installed upside down.  Why would a case come like that you ask?  The answer lies within the heat produced by current scorching hot CPUs.  From laws of physics and chemistry, cold air sits at the bottom and hot air rises.  SilverStone has kept that idea and introduced a wind tunnel technology that focuses on cooling the hot CPUs.  The wind tunnel takes the cold air intake and keeps it at the bottom, channeling it through the CPU and exhausting it through the back.  It's definitely an innovative design.  SilverStone has also provided a secondary add-on duct that accommodates dual CPU systems.

The package came with a small box that included all the accessories needed for installation.  There are metallic clips for hard drives and 5.25" drives, and clear plastic clips for 3.5" drives.  The clips are made with exact measurements to fit optical drives and hard drives.  This will be explained with further details in the installation section.  There are only a couple of screws included, simply because the case is designed to be tool-free.  SilverStone also included some zip ties for cable management.  There was a sheet of instructions manual that provides excellent installations instructions, and a sheet of specifications of the TJ06.

Unlike many companies that use thumbscrews when designing tool-free cases, SilverStone opts for lock tabs to secure side panels.  There are holes for screws if you ever prefer the old fashioned way, but the lock tabs really do a great job at keeping the side panels intact.  It's very easy to use.  The first try will seem a bit hard, but after a couple of times locking and unlocking, the rigidness will go away.

The appropriate connectors for LEDs and switches are braided.  There was one connector I found that I didn't find a use for.  The SilverStone representative informed me that this INT SW is for motherboards with the chassis intrusion alert option.  If your motherboard supports this feature, and most desktop motherboards don't, you can use this switch to see if your precious computer has been broken into.  The way the switch works is that upon the next reboot, the computer will notify if there were any chassis intrusions.  The switch is located at the back of the case.

 

 


 

Cooling and Specifications

 

The TJ06 comes with two pre-installed 120mm fans and one pre-installed 80mm fan.  These fans are extremely quiet and are rated to produce a low 21dBA.  The fans can be easily replaced if you ever wish to use high CFM fans for better cooling.  All three fans are snapped into a fan cage that offer easy fan interchange.

Material Aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body
Color Black
Silver
Motherboard Extended ATX, ATX, Micro ATX
Drive Bay Exposed 5.25” x 5
3.5” x 2
Hidden 3.5” x 6
Cooling System Front 120mm intake fan, 2200rpm, 21dBA
Front 80mm intake fan, 2200rpm, 21dBA
Rear 120mm exhaust fan, 2200rpm, 21dBA
Customized 120mm CPU wind tunnel
Expansion Slot

7

Front I/O Port USB2.0 x 4
IEEE1394 x 1
audio x 1 ]
MIC x 1
Power Supply Optional standard PS2 (ATX), Redundant PS2
Net Weight
11 kg
Dimension 205 mm (W) x 566 mm (H) x 474 mm (D)

 

 


 

Installation

Installation on the TJ06 was a breeze.  The tool-free design is truly remarkable, much simpler than other tool-free designs.  The side panels use lock tabs instead of thumbscrews.  They're both easy but the lock tabs require less time and are easier to manage.  The front panel needs to be swung open in order to install optical drives.  It can become tedious when you swap drives often, but I doubt many will do that.  Instead of typical pop-out drive bay covers, the TJ06's bay covers are screwed on.  This prevents those times when you accidentally hit the bay covers and pop it out, falling inside your case.  Those who have had that experience should know what I mean.  Like the typical cases, each drive bay is covered by a steel plate.  To this day, I still find no point in these things.  It only makes our lives just that much harder.  SilverStone has advised not to use your hands when removing these steel plates.  The hole in the center is for your screwdriver.  It comes off pretty easily.  The optical drives are installed with the provided metal clips.  They simply hook on to the existing holes in your optical drives, and with a simple push, snap in place.  There's no need for using screws to install drive rails.  Removing the clips was a no-brainer as well.  After you have the optical drives dressed up with the appropriate metal clips, simply slide the drives into the desired bays.  And just like that, you're done.  Although I don't have any multifunctional front panels to test with, it can be a problem if trying to install a front panel device that does not have the holes already made.

Much like the Cooler Master Centurion 5, the TJ06 comes with locking tabs for your PCI slots.  They are very easy to use and provide a tighter hold on the cards.

To install the power supply, the plate that is attached to the case must be removed.  After it is removed, install it to the power supply with the provided screws and then slide it into the case.  There are two small stands with rubber tops as well as a rubber pad on top that absorb any possible vibrations from the power supply.

After everything is installed, simply plug your cables and power connectors and snap back the wind tunnel.  Because the motherboard is inverted, cleaning up the cable mess can be a bit difficult.  The power supply cables need to reach all the way down to the bottom of the case.  The Antec 400W power supply I had did not have the length to power the IC7 motherboard.  The Intel 4pin 12v connector was unable to reach all the way to the bottom.  I switched it out with another power supply and it worked fine.  This can be a problem.  Enthusiasts should find out whether your cables are long enough.  Just make sure that the two most important power cables, the 4pin 12v and the ATX connector, run the length of a full tower case.  That'll provide enough cable to give a proper installation.  Here are a couple of shots that show a fully finished install.

 

 


 

Cooling Results

I don't normally do tests to find any cooling gains from one case to another, but since the Temjin TJ06 was designed to help lower CPU temps, I went ahead and did the usual testing.  A thermal probe was placed next to the CPU to measure CPU temps, and a probe is left hanging inside the middle of the case for case temperatures.  I tested it against my older case, the Cooler Master Centurion 1.  Ambient temperature was a consistent 27°C.  Arctic Silver II was used.  The Ultra Vortex fan is kept running at lowest RPM.

Test System

  • Intel Celeron D 330 2.66GHZ (12 x 160FSB = 3.2GHZ @ 1.375v)
  • Abit IC7
  • 2 x 256MB OCZ PC3200 Platinum Limited Edition
  • ATI Radeon 9500NP

Test Procedures

  • Idling at desktop for 30 minutes
  • Full load with CPU Burn-in for 30 minutes

The wind tunnel really does help with the cooling performance of the CPU.  Unfortunately, the case temperatures were higher.  This is due to the design.  The only fan that brings in airflow is a small 80mm fan in the front.  There is no immediate exhaust other than the power supply fan.  Power supply fans usually come running at very low RPMs, so exhausting the heat buildup is not very efficient.  The heat just builds up and stays inside the case.  Perhaps an exhaust fan located at the hard drive cage can help the performance.

 

 


 

Conclusion and Thoughts

 

 

 

The Temjin TJ06 is one beautiful case with an excellent paint job.  The wind tunnel technology helps increase the cooling performance for burning hot CPUs.  The tower has plenty of space to work with and makes installation a breeze.  The tool-free design is definitely user friendly and makes installation fast and easy.  I finished installing everything in a matter of 15 minutes.  At first, I loved the case so much that I believed all enthusiasts should go out and get one.  After a bit of thinking, I realized that this case has faults that overclocking enthusiasts should be aware of.  The case calls for an inverted motherboard installation, which requires longer power cables.  The metal clips for the drives may not work with extra accessories that do not have the holes for installation.  The case has no exhaust fan to spit out the heat buildup.  The only existing fan for exhaust is for the wind tunnel.  Although removable, the wind tunnel duct can prevent proper watercooling installation.  The duct can get in the way of routed tubing.  However, the TJ06 is still a good case designed with cooling in mind.  For the noise freaks who want a silent system without hot CPUs, the TJ06 makes it possible.

Pros:

  • Beautiful full tower
  • Excellent paint job
  • Aluminum brushed front panel
  • Tool-free installation
  • Silent
  • Wind tunnel technology helps lower CPU temps
  • Relative low price
  • Very roomy to work with

Cons:

  • No case system exhaust fan
  • Causes system temps to rise
  • Not all power supplies will work
  • Very heavy
  • No removable motherboard tray
  • Front panel lock can get tedious when swapping out drives, or when you lose your key!

We would like to thank SilverStone for providing us the sample.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to hit us up in the forums. You can also check out more of our latest reviews on the front page.

 

 

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