In and Around the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E

Superficially the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E looks like a simple, clean brushed aluminum mini tower with design cues that wouldn't seem out of place on a Lian Li enclosure. There's a single large vent on the front for the intake fan, two USB 3.0 ports, the standard mic and headphone jacks, and two 5.25" external drive bays. At the bottom is even a 3.5" external bay, although the placement seems a little awkward and the cover rotates a bit in the bay. Still, if you're not interested in putting a floppy drive or card reader in, internally that bay will support an additional 3.5" drive. When you get to the top of the case you'll see the typical top vent, but that vent really is anything but typical.

Your first clue that everything in the TJ08-E is a little topsy turvy is going to be when you look at the back and realize that everything has been flipped: the motherboard mounts to the opposite side of the enclosure, and the power supply bay is at the top and designed to mount the PSU upside-down. There's a major benefit to all this, though: the motherboard is now lined up behind the front 180mm intake fan.

Opening the enclosure is a three part process. Both side panels are secured with thumbscrews and you'll want to remove them. The top panel of the TJ08-E also comes off, and this is something I really wish SilverStone had simplified: you have to remove six screws to take it off, and when you're installing hardware you will need to have it removed.

Once you're inside you'll be met with a fairly generous amount of space behind the removable motherboard tray; that removable tray is a nice enough touch and SilverStone recommends you remove it during installation, but during assembly I actually found that step was unnecessary. There's a decent-sized backplate cutout in the motherboard tray and a few holes surrounding it for routing cables.

There are also two drive cages stacked on top of each other; the top one is intended to support four 3.5" drives and is lined with a soft material to dampen vibration. I'd prefer if the drive cage were rotated with the drive ports facing the back to simplify cable routing, but space is really at a premium inside the TJ08-E with everything SilverStone packed in here. Below the top cage is a second cage that can be used to house an external 3.5" drive or an internal one, and then below that are four holes in the bottom of the enclosure used to mount a 2.5" SSD.

SilverStone also includes two features of potentially questionable value, though I think they're really ideal more for shipping than anything else, and they certainly don't hurt. There's an adjustable support on the bottom of the enclosure for larger coolers to reduce stress on the motherboard (the standoffs of which are built into the motherboard tray, thankfully), and then the top of the drive cages is raised and flat in such a way that it can support longer graphics cards to reduce stress. SilverStone includes a rubber pad that can be affixed to the cage to close the gap, too, preventing vibration in the process.

Introducing the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E Assembling the SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E
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  • MakingMonkeys - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    Looks awesome. Reply
  • EnzoFX - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    Maybe you're too used to oversized cases =P.

    The room behind the mobo is significant, much more so than a standard case, and I can do a pretty awesome job at wiring those, and YES with non-modular PSU's haha. As far as the ODD space, well, I don't use ODD so who cares lol. There are short drives out there, and maybe shorter PSU's?

    The big problem for me was brought up by SPCR, that structural integrity is a bit lacking, most noticeable when you remove the top section.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    It's true I've gotten used to cases like Corsair's line (every one of which I've tested has been moronically easy to assemble), but the Temjin is cramped, no way around it, and you really are going to want to put it together in a very specific way. My major beef was with wiring everything; the clearance between the PSU and the ODD is bad and unfortunately largely unavoidable due to the needs of the TJ08-E's design.

    And while it's true YOU may not use ODDs, some of us still need them. I master blu-rays on my desktop, and I watch them on my media center. You might suggest just ripping them, but wouldn't that still require an ODD? Also, the PSU is pretty much as short as they come and was sent by SilverStone specifically for that reason.

    SPCR may have felt the structural integrity was lacking, but that was not a problem that I experienced in testing the TJ08-E. Also, the top section is held on by six screws and really only meant to be removed once, so I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's probably fine.
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  • Havor - Saturday, August 06, 2011 - link

    I also seriously don't get your complaint's about lack of building space!

    I just build for a friend a LAN-PC using this same case.

    Parts used:

    * Asus ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z (for the PCIe 4x SSD slot)
    * Core i7 2600K
    * Antec KUHLER H2O 920
    * Sapphire HD6990 (A seriously big card ;-)
    * Corsair TX750 V2 (not modular!)
    * Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB
    * OCZ RevoDrive X3 240GB
    * Drawer handle (on top for carry the case to and from lan's)

    And I have really no complains about space, and even with a non-modular PSU my build looked a lot cleaner then yours.

    TyRaps, stick-on TyRap points and the space under the mobo plate are really your friend!

    And a friend of us, even water-jet out the side panel for a window, as it is a sweet looking clean build, specially for suds a small case.

    Total actual building time less then 30 min.

    I installed all the parts, and PSU last, then pulled all the cables to the right side of the case in the blind space you have there, and there is really a lot of space for all your extra cables and cable lengths next to the PSU, there is even a TyRap point there to zip them all up there!
    (do it would had bin nice if they had made more TyRap points there)

    http://www.anandtech.com/Gallery/Album/1256#3
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  • szimm - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 - link

    Hahaha, an HD 6990... I always chuckle a little when I see someone choose one of those overpriced hunks of junk for their build. Any 2x GPU card really. And unless you are overclocking, you should have settled for the i7 2600, not the K model. Or even the i5 2500, if it's strictly a gaming box. Meh, overkill. Reply
  • Havor - Tuesday, August 09, 2011 - link

    A HD 6990 is just as fast as a HD 6970 CF setup, and both solutions cost the same.

    And the 2600 vs 2600K is 20 Euro difference

    So how cares for a couple of Euro's on almost 2000 euro PC.

    Meh, don't care.
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  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - link

    Eh, if you have the money, there's nothing wrong with a 6990.
    I7 2600K, definitely. Don't get the non-K.
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  • Wieland - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    The design is strikingly similar to that of the old Lian Li PC-A05N (and new PC-A05FN). Same inverted motherboard and similar front-to-back hard HDD carriage. The Lian Li is a bit longer, but it can fit a full ATX motherboard. It's a much more practical design in my opinion. Reply
  • Menty - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    I had a coupl've issues with the A05N which I think the TJ08 has solved. Namely that the exhaust fans were much closer to the user, making the A05N quite noisy, and that the exhaust from the PSU had a tendency to get recirculated back into the case. It also had very poor GPU cooling, with warm air tending to get trapped at the top of the case. Reply
  • superccs - Thursday, August 04, 2011 - link

    I have that same case, but the one large problem is that the front ventilation is not sufficient if you have the front cover on. The cover prevents waaaaay to much air flow. I also installed a 120mm fan above the GPU slot to clear out stagnant air that gets trapped above the GPU. Over all thought the PC-A05N is very similar. Reply

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