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SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ08-Evolution M-ATX Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

The TJ08 of yesteryear gets not only a facelift, but a complete rethinking of what makes for a successful Micro-ATX chassis. SilverStone has delivered the latest Evolution; come take a look!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 26, 2011 4:59 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: SilverStone

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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Going by model number, you will want to look up this SilverStone chassis under SST-TJ08-E, as described, this is the Temjin TJ08 Evolution, Micro-ATX tower chassis, in black. Now that we know this is the Evolution of the older design, let's go around the outside and see what's new. The front of the chassis has an aluminum layer applied to a plastic front bezel, while the rest of the chassis body and panels are made of steel and painted black. In this bezel you are offered two 5.25" drives with aluminum covers in the openings as you receive the chassis. Moving below those, you run into the front I/O consisting of two USB 3.0 connections, the audio and MIC jacks, the power and reset buttons and the power and HDD activity lights. Moving further down, you will find a large area covered in black steel mesh to allow as much air to the fan behind it. At the bottom you are left with one other thing, and that is a 3.5" cover in a hole to allow for a floppy drive to be installed as well. The sides of the chassis don't offer much besides covering the side, as there is no ventilation or anything of interest. The rear of the chassis offers room for a 120mm fan, four expansion card slots and room at the top for the power supply (note the suggested length for easy installation of 160mm).

 

With the four expansion slots in the back, I immediately thought I could show this with SLI enabled and pack as much as I can into this chassis. What I found was my motherboard uses the wrong slot configuration, so I actually wouldn't be in SLI with the slots in this case. Just something to plan ahead for as you choose wisely for components. That being said, I might as well go ahead and continue with all of the limitations. CPU coolers cannot be taller than 165mm in height, expansion cards can be up to 13.25" in length and the PSU should be no longer than 160mm to give you a good chance of fitting your components inside of this small, yet very roomy interior. I just want to give fair warning to anyone thinking of buying this chassis. With the right parts this chassis can be a real gem to work with and get the desired results with the finished product. Without doing your homework, this chassis can easily turn into a nightmare for those who didn't think ahead and plan every detail.

 

Inside of the chassis you are in for a bit of design gone all topsy-turvy, and I mean that in a good way! SilverStone took just about every part inside of the chassis and rethought where it went or its orientation to make the Evolution not only a bit of the old, but with a flavor all its own. You haven't lost any of the removable parts; in fact, you have more in the Evolution. In the front there are the drive bays for the pair of 5.25" bays up top; these are permanent, but the roof of the chassis is removable to place the drives and power supply. The hard drive cage that holds up to four 3.5" drives is also removable. Under that cage is a smaller rack that can either hold one 3.5" dive in it, or covers the placement for a 2.5" drive in the floor, and is removable.

 

The Motherboard tray is not only removable, but going with the Fortress and Raven chassis, they shook things up a bit and use an inverted orientation of the motherboard. This puts the GPUs at the top of the chassis and the CPU cooler at the bottom inside of the TJ08-E. With this brings the innovation of the CPU cooler support system. This plastic, adjustable "arm" has a rubber pad on top and is used to sit against the side of the CPU cooler to help support the weight of even the largest 165mm tall coolers.

 

The TJ08-E is fairly new to the scene and as I check with Google shopping, that fact is supported by the limit of only seven locations I can find it currently. Amazon.com has the best deal at $99.00 with free shipping as I type this, with Fry's right behind them at $99.99. On the top end of pricing there are places much closer to $120 once shipping is included. One of these is Newegg.com with a $117.07 delivered pricing. Even on the pricing end of things, you can see it pays to do your homework on all aspects of this chassis so that not only does everything fit and work as it should in the sub-$100 price point, but even so you don't get charged the extra $20 to deliver the TJ08-Evolution to your door.

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