Design

The TJ03's design differs greatly from the rest of the Temjin line. SilverStone specifies the TJ03 as a "tool-less" chassis, yet the only tool-less aspect about this case is the side panels. Installation for all internal hardware requires the traditional screws used in legacy cases. The Glacier (SST-TJ02) and Gloria (SST-TJ04) models use sliding clips to mount drives in their bays, but like the Temjin (SST-TJ01), the Nimiz (SST-TJ03) requires the provided screws to be used.



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The front bezel consists of two doors that swing open to the right to reveal the six 5-1/4" drive bays and the front fan filter, power and reset button fixtures, and the auxiliary audio/USB/Firewire connectors. Users may find the lack of a 3-1/2" bay opening annoying, since floppy drives and internal Zip drives are still widely used. And since this package does not contain a 5-1/4" to 3-1/2" bay converter, users will have to purchase the part separately from SilverStone's website.



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The power and reset buttons are set behind the bottom door along with the power and HDD LEDs. A drawback in the design of these buttons is that they get stuck behind the door when pushed in. While jiggling them to set them free was effective, placing the button fixture on the door itself or creating buttons that went deeper would have eliminated this problem completely.



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Both the power and HDD LEDs are blue, which go with the all-black exterior finish, to give the Nimiz a sleek, monolithic look.

All of the components on the front panel are connected to the motherboard via 4 bundles of wiring. They are separated by connection type: Audio, USB, and Firewire.



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  • lbmcleod - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - link

    Nice case, except for the fact that yet again the drive bays have been rubbishly constructed -just a peice of bent alu without even guide platforms machined out. Even cheap cheiftecs and aopen cases have better drive bay construction Reply
  • Zepper - Thursday, March 18, 2004 - link

    The UL file number on the silverstone PSU is listed as Enhance, which makes decent PSUs.
    .bh.
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  • Zepper - Thursday, March 18, 2004 - link

    The price is around $250. on newegg.
    .bh.
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  • TrogdorJW - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    Forget the Silverstone cases. I'm just not that interested in a light aluminum case. What I would like to know is how their power supplies perform. Any word on that? Specifically, I'm wondering if the 120mm fan is really quieter and if the power supplies are a good alternative to the 350W Antec PSes that I usually get. Reply
  • puravsanghani - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    #5-#6: The links are put at the top of the page by the marketing company. We passed on to them information about the error and have removed the link. Reply
  • hirschma - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    #5 - Oops, they have the wrong price listed. Anyone know how much this thing actually costs?

    And yes, I think that my Lian-Li is worth every penny. It comfortably houses my Tyan Dually Opteron board, as well has 7 hard drives, and is quiet and cool. Like this case, you can upgrade to one of those neato redundant/hotswap power supplies. It was very difficult to find anything that would do the trick.

    Jonathan
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  • hirschma - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    Why is this case expensive at $85?

    I just bought a Lian Li PC-75 for a big server I'm building. It is an excellent case, but missing some nice features that this case has - and it goes for over $220. The two are directly comparable.

    What am I missing here?

    And yes, Aluminum is the way to go with the big cases, unless you want to damage yourself lifting the machine once you've built it :)

    Jonathan
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  • Schadenfroh - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    crap, i just ordered a sonata, this thing looks cooler, darn, should have waited 1 more day Reply
  • araczynski - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    >personally< i don't understand the fascination with aluminum cases. the only benefit of them is weight reduction, other then that, its all prepubescent hype with a higher price tag

    my >personal< taste (if i wanted to bleed money) would be to get an IBM industrial PC case (anyone that worked/works in the automation industry might know which i'm referring to). If you know the older IBM AT keyboards and love(d) them, you would drool over these things. They're about the only thing that has ever impressed me from IBM, and quite frankly the ONLY case that has ever impressed me. solid design/engineering.

    anyway, since working with these cases a few years back, almost everything else since then has felt/looked cheap in comparison, and i would put these aluminum cases in that same (cheap) category.

    maybe i'm just 'old school' ;)
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  • decptt - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 - link

    It's cool. I love 03 but too expensive for me.

    to webmaster, Anandtech deal shows wrong model 'TJO1' instead of review 'TJ03'
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