I would think with everything we saw up to this point, I covered most if not every angle of the SST-TJ08-E. That being said, I still feel like I haven't said enough about this chassis to really express what a great deal this little chassis is. I know we have seen a lot of this before. Inverted motherboards, removable hard drive assemblies, native USB 3.0, it's all been done before, I can't deny that. My stance is more the fact of how they all come together and as long as you follow my advice to plan well ahead when looking into this chassis, you can have some serious horsepower packed into a sleek looking, unassuming black chassis. The only thing I can say this chassis is missing to help cover a whole other segment of users, is an optional handle. This would make a slick little sleeper of a LAN system.
I realize that with the lowered price point in cases, a lot of manufacturers lack in more areas than they win me over for options of how things work inside a chassis as I build them and use them. While the packaging was a bit boring, it allowed for money to be reassigned if you will. To think you can get this in full aluminum at this price is crazy, but I can appreciate the all black aluminum front panel, even if it is plastic backed. The steel construction is good, except for the missing rivet in mine, but this isn't something that should happen all the time; it was a simple oversight, nothing more. I appreciated the removable hard drive assembly and removable floppy drive tray. Even if it left the 2.5" drive mounting holes exposed I like to give the case as much of a chance at cooling the interior as possible.
Speaking of the cooling, that is one place where SilverStone saved a bit of the money. In their defense, the fan they did supply is a good one. The AP181, or 180mm Air Penetrator is no slouch for delivering air flow. In my personal experience, even with a bit of extra noise with the fan on Hi, the directed airflow provided at 1200 RPM is sufficient to cool just about anything. My tower cooler fan and the air pressure from the AP181 were all that were pushing out the back of the case, but even so, there was a fair bit of flow felt at the back of the chassis. The icing on the cake for me with the cooling, was that neither the front nor the PSU intake were forgotten when it came to filtration! I almost forgot about the coolest toy in the box, the CPU cooler support. While I really doubt that the cooler is going to break the motherboard hanging upside down, I do like that it has that added support. so if I lose it setting it on a table, it has a little bit of added help. Either way about it, I like the way they are thinking over at SilverStone and hope they keep these innovations coming.
I've said this a few times already, but it needs to be said here one more time. This is a sub-$100 entry in the SST-TJ08-E from SilverStone. If you shop carefully, you can get this chassis to your door for as little as $94, and for those who just buy it where they see it first, be prepared to pay up to $120 depending on your choice of e-tailer or big box store. It's a shame that the points have to reflect a limited availability, because this case wins in all the other categories so much. I feel bad even giving the hit to the score, but fair is fair. Even coming from a build as immense as the Temjin TJ11 I just recently looked at, this smaller sibling to the series has come on strong and finished out with a build that may have been a bit frustrating, but was very satisfying to get it done and running. SilverStone sold me on the innovativeness, sleek and simple aesthetics and simple and effective solutions to storage, cooling support and internal layout!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [The SilverStone SST-TJ08-E Evolution Micro-ATX Case]
- Page 5 [Inside The SilverStone SST-TJ08-E Evolution Case]
- Page 6 [Inside The SilverStone SST-TJ08-E Evolution Case Continued]
- Page 7 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 9 [The Build and Finished Product Continued]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]