Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The majority of this TJ04-E is made from steel panels that are painted both inside and outside with a textured black painted finish. The face of the chassis is comprised of a thick sheet of aluminum that has had the edges beveled and the natural color is exposed to create an outline around the front that reminds me of the original. Down the front bezel there is a quartet of 5.25" bays with aluminum covers installed out of the box. The rest of this panel is solid with the exception of the power and reset button centered near the middle of the chassis and at the bottom there is the SilverStone logo and name.
The left side panel offers a large window that allows a view of all of the components without having to view the drive racks. The right side panel is mostly plain except next to the hard drive bays at the front of the panel. Here there is a plastic filter covering what is the intake of the chassis that also offers great cooling to the hard drives, especially if you install the included heatsinks!
The inside is capable of housing anything from Micro -ATX on up to SSI-CEB motherboards, basically any board 12" by 10.9" or smaller. At the front there are four ODD bays with tool-free latches on them. Under those there is a section for the 3.5" hard drives. This section is fully removable, holding eight drives inside of it in the 3.5" size. The trick here is that there is another 2.5" drive rack screwed to the floor that can also be installed in the 3.5" rack. This will free up some space inside the chassis if needed, but if not you can house a total of fourteen hard drives inside this chassis. The motherboard tray is offset to allow 30mm of room behind it, but the PSU is also shifted to the door and allows another 20mm or so of room at the bottom of the chassis to store the extra wiring. As far as the cooling goes inside of the TJ04-E there are a total of three fans installed. There is one in the right side of the chassis blowing into the hard drive area, there is one installed as an intake in the top of the case and one in the rear as an exhaust, all 120mm in size.
The break it or make it point of any design is always the pricing. As I said with the Lian Li PC-100 we just looked at, going over $150 in the mid-tower market is something that I would guess 90% of the buying public isn't going to do. Of course there are plenty of more budget friendly options to be had at or below $100, but I feel that $150 is more the cap a very well appointed and intriguing design is worth at the most in mid-towers.
SilverStone didn't let this fact go unnoticed with the redesign of the Temjin we are just about to see. Looking around, it seems locations are still a bit limited, but I was able to locate the TJ04-E at FrozenCPU.com for $149.99. It looks to me like SilverStone took it right to my personal money cap, but if I am right; I am not going to be the only one that is impressed by the time you finish reading this, making the pricing well worth it.
Now let's get to it, so you can make your own decision to buy this Evolution of the TJ04 chassis.
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