The one thing that will keep this chassis in the hands of only the richest users, or those who are just looking to take their build to that higher level "come hell or high water", is the pricing. There is no amount of text in the world that can make me justify this pricing; you either have it in your budget or you don't. Then again, this case isn't exactly designed for the average user as my build clearly shows. The TJ11 is seriously well thought out design and is the only case in two years that made me replace my Corsair 800D. That's right, this TJ11 now has a welcomed, top tier placement of my all time favorite case. I have a feeling this may be another chassis that will have a long stay right where it is, as I believe it will be another couple of years before any other manufacturer will offer something like this, or even for SilverStone to have much room to improve on this themselves. At least not anytime real soon!
On the plus side of things, there are a lot of features that I truly ended up liking about the TJ11. The styling is like no other chassis except maybe the TJ07. I like the way the chassis is sectioned off on the inside, and I really like the sheer amount of room there is to get any build done pretty easily. Optional room for two power supplies, modular hot swap hard drive bays and a rotated motherboard orientation really brings this chassis up a notch or two, and we didn't even get into how good this chassis looks full of components! Really, every time I look around the TJ11, I find more and more to like about this Temjin.
Cooling is well addressed for those wanting to stay with air cooling. The pair of 120mm AP fans strapped to the hard drive bays is mostly blocked by the hot swap hardware and the cables, but at least there is air flow offered to keep the connections and drive cooler than if there were none offered. The pair of 180mm AP fans in the middle is a much better design to dump cool air into the chassis than my 800D offered. The TJ11 has the pass through venting in both doors to allow these fans to pull in nothing but cool air without passing other compartments, and does keep things cooler inside because of this design. To me, the rear or top 120mm fan was sort of an afterthought - I would have preferred a matching 120mmAP fan, but at least we got something.
This sort of leads me to my short list of disappointments. For those who want to use water cooling, you need to devise a support. SilverStone makes the exact piece needed for this (RADSUPPORT T09), but doesn't include it with this premium priced kit! The same can be said for the very specific +1 expansion slot, which isn't an expansion slot in the typical sense. It was specifically built to allow their CLEARCMOS product to be installed, and again this comes at an additional cost! I would have also liked to see an 8-pin EPS extension. While the AX1200 doesn't have the longest cables in the world of PSUs, I missed powering this by 3-4". Now it's easy to get one of these two, but yet again, it's more money invested. These may have been simple oversights in inclusion, but I would much rather have had these parts included with the TJ11 over the aluminum mouse pad, personally.
With the three things that I nit picked out of the way, I still feel that the chassis is the top pick of the year! This chassis is so well laid out, so pleasing to look at and use, not to mention this is one case you know all your friends aren't going to be sporting this summer. With my head in the clouds full of unicorns and rainbows about the TJ11 from SilverStone, I need to float back to Earth for the reality check. Right now Amazon.com is running the best all inclusive deal with a price of $586.80 with free shipping right now. The sad thing is that this is far below the average which is much closer to $650 and there isn't shipping included with some of these deals. Make sure you shop around if this is in your mind for must have cases in your next build.
For the scoring, I needed to make an assessment of the first five categories for the chassis as it sits on its own, and how these features play against all of the others. I think this chassis does very well for the first five and is more of a reflection of how I truly feel about the case. With the fact that this case is so highly priced, even though it outscored my 800D in the first five, doubling the price of the chassis has to be reflected somewhere. While I feel it is full deserving of the award, I had to equate the TJ11s pricing against all other cases, and here the TJ11 takes a bit of a hit to the overall score, but to me is still an awesome case worthy of your attention if you can afford one.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [The SilverStone SST-TJ11B-W Tower Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside The SilverStone SST-TJ11B-W Tower Chassis]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product Continued]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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