We were big fans of SilverStone's Temjin TJ08-E when we reviewed it back in August. Who wouldn't be? Even SilverStone was surprised at just how effective the little enclosure was, producing better cooling and acoustics than their own substantially more expensive Fortress FT03. Today SilverStone comes to us with a modified Temjin TJ08-E--modified for a lower price point. The Precision PS07 is almost identical to its predecessor internally, but SilverStone has cut some corners to shave about $20 off the end retail cost. Was it worth the sacrifice?

It's easy to be a little underwhelmed by the PS07. The difference between $79 and $99 just doesn't feel like a very big one, but when you're working on a budget, every little bit can help. SilverStone has also moved a couple of things around in the fascia and changed the internal fan configuration in the process. The result is a case that feels very similar but it has a few differences, some more important than others.

SilverStone Precision PS07 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 2x 5.25"
Internal 5x 3.5", 1x 2.5"
Cooling Front 2x 120mm intake fan
Rear 1x 120mm fan mount
Top -
Side -
Bottom -
Expansion Slots 4
Front I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, headphone and mic jacks
Top I/O Port PSU vent
Power Supply Size ATX
Clearance 13.25" (Expansion Cards), 150mm (CPU HSF), 160mm (PSU)
Weight 11.47 lbs.
Dimensions 15.75" x 8.27" x 14.73"
Price $79

Spec wise, the Precision PS07 is virtually identical to its predecessor, although SilverStone kills the dedicated external 3.5" bay entirely. That's not a major sacrifice; placement of the bay was so awkward to begin with that I wouldn't expect it to have seen much use. The one major change is SilverStone has removed the 180mm Air Penetrator (I challenge anyone with a juvenile sense of humor not to giggle at the name) fan and replaced it with two generic 120mm intake fans.

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  • MadMan007 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    1) Noise levels versus the TJ08-E without a GPU (and especially a top of the like one like the GTX580) may be more representative of the difference between these cases - namely the open fan front panel on the TJ08-E versus the P180-like door and side intakes on the PS07.

    The noise level of the former changes very little with the GPU, the latter changes quite a bit. This tells me the GPU has more influence on the sound level of the PS07 making it a good candidate for quieter computing for those not looking to use monster GPUs or who might use quieter or even passive GPUs.

    2) A reversal in the PSU type recommendation versus the TJ08-E. In the TJ08-E review you said "I also strongly suggest builders use modular power supplies wherever possible and here it might actually be a requirement. There's clearance behind the tray for routing cables, but unfortunately routing everything was just a little bit too fraught, and so our end testing build winds up feeling more cluttered than I'd like and I'm sure more than SilverStone would prefer." but in this review you say to avoid modular PSUs and that there is good space behind the motherboard tray for routing cables.

    So which is it? I can see how a modular PSU might actually be worse when it comes to clearance for the optical drive because of modular connectors adding length, but the complete opposite statements and recommendation has me confused. Can you comment please?
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  • Brutalizer - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    Micro-ATX bears to many compromises. I dont want to compromise. I need a ATX case. But the smallest possible ATX case, with just room for a few disks and a decent gaming graphics card. Todays disks are so large, 4TB that you dont need raid anymore. You also dont need the biggest gaming card to get decent performance.

    MicroATX does not have many expansion ports enough.

    What is the smallest ATX case?
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  • aesnt - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    This one's a decent size full ATX tower, but won't fit longer graphics cards:
    COOLER MASTER Elite 360
    17.30" x 5.80" x 14.20" from Newegg
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  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    What do you mean by expansion ports? Do you mean PCIe slots? Or SATA/USB? I can find enough mATX boards with 6 or 7 SATA ports, 16 USB ports and SLI/CF capability. Unless you really need 7 PCI(e) slots, I don't see what advantage ATX has for you :-).

    As for small ATX cases, the smallest I see unfortunately come from mediocre brands:
    http://geizhals.de/?cat=gehatx&xf=534_ATX~550_...
    and a lot of them get their smallish volume from being quite thin, so you would run into issues with large CPU heatsinks.
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  • Brutalizer - Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - link

    I am talking about at 4-5 PCIe slots or so. The mini/micro ITX cases I have seen, have room for 2-3 PCIe slots.

    I also suspect that when using such a small mobo and case, I must compromise. For instance, I can not any longer buy standard cpu coolers, nor power supplies. I must buy much smaller ones, costing more, and restricting the hardware I can use.

    If you know of a small micro/mini ITX with Xeon cpus, ECC RAM, and 4-5 PCIe slots, and a decent graphics card - then I am happy to read more about that model.
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  • somedude1234 - Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - link

    Nearly every uATX board I've seen has 4 PCIe slots. MiniITX limits you to a single PCIe slot. Every uATX case I've seen also has room to support a motherboard with 4 PCIe slots. Now, if you're going to be installing a double-width GPU, then you're going to burn two of your slots.

    If you're looking for a great uATX board for a Xeon server, the SuperMicro X9SCM-F is a good choice. It's based around the C204 chipset for SB Xeons, so you get ECC support. You'll get two PCIe 2.0 x8 and two PCIe 2.0 x4 slots (four total). The "-F" version of the board also gives you an on-board BMC with full IPMI 2.0 support.

    For uATX cases, they pretty much all take a standard PSU and offer four PCIe slots, the Antec NSK3480 is a nice choice.
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  • Death666Angel - Friday, January 06, 2012 - link

    There is mini ITX (mITX) and then there is micro ATX (mATX/yATX since there is no easy way to type the greek letter on a normal keyboard).

    mATX mainboards can have 4 PCI(e) slots. If you need 4, you can buy that. If you need 5, you can't.

    mATX has no compromises when it comes to PSUs or CPU heatsinks, at least none that are special to it and do not pertain to smaller ATX cases as well. The TJ08-E can fit 180mm PSUs if you can cut off some space from the ODDs (but 160mm, even high powered ones for 2-3 graphics cards do not cost more! :D) and it has enough room to cool any CPU (even overclocked) quite nicely and silently.

    Supermicro has a few mATX C204 Xeon Mainboards with 4 PCIe x8 slots. But mainboards do not come with graphics cards.
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  • corrion - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    Take a look at the Antec Solo II, sounds like it's right up your alley. Reply
  • BernardP - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    The lenght of the PS07 is .6 inch more than the TJ08-E Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    I have the TJ08-E since Christmas and am thoroughly enjoying it!

    This redesign looks very interesting, it opens up the possibility of getting high end 120mm fans, because 180mm fans are not so wide spread and they seem to have varying degrees of engine noise and other annoying small defects that result in additional noises according to a forum I visit. Although one 180mm can move more air at lower noise in theory.
    It also changes support from 200mm radiator to 240mm radiator, again, opening up competition.
    The missing external 3.5" bay won't be an issue I wager. I have thought about sticking a card reader in there, but nothing that goes in there will be a big deal if it's missing I think. 2 external 5.25" bay already provide plenty of options, only people with the need to copy DVDs on the fly seem to be stuck. :-)

    $20 can give you an additional few GB of RAM or higher clocked RAM or give you a better custom cooled graphics card or a more silent CPU heatsink. If you are on a budget that money can be well spent I think. :-)

    On an unrelated note: I would really like to see these gamer (performance) mATX chassis be tested with a more demanding set of components like the regular ATX chassis are. I understand the reason for a standardized test bed and only having 2 instead of 3, but it really is a shame not to be able to compare this or the TJ08-E with bigger chassis. :-)
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