External Design

SilverStone Technology has taken a different path in designing the look of the TJ05. The TJ03 Nimiz, as well as the 4 previous models in the Temjin line, had a boxy look with straight lines everywhere. The designers at SilverStone veered away from this and added curves to the design of the TJ05's bezel.

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The top half of the bezel is taken up by the door to the drive bays. This door is what gives the TJ05 its curvaceous look with its convex shape. It was mentioned to us by SilverStone Technology that this was their original design. We have seen this look on the Cooler Master's Wave Master because it was created by the same designer. A small, black arrow graphic (silver model) shows what side the door opens to reduce any confusion.

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Behind the door reside the four 5-1/4" drive bays and two external 3-1/2" drive bays. All are covered with matching silver bay covers to carry on the look of the brushed aluminum bezel.

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The bottom half of the bezel, which also has a rounded convex shape, is composed of the integrated LCD temperature display, the power and reset buttons, and the power and HDD activity LEDs all in vertical alignment.

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The LCD temperature display is one of the simplest, yet most functional, that we have seen in a fully integrated design. Among its features is a date/time display mode, which can be set using the two functional buttons to the left of the display.

The LCD display also shows temperatures for 3 separate components using individual sensors labeled CPU, SYS, and HDD. The alarm function is factory set at 65 degrees Celsius, but can be changed to a custom temperature, again using the two functional buttons. In addition to the alarm mode, the LCD temperature controller adjusts fan speeds automatically depending on temperatures of various components, which is an amazing feature. This gives the TJ05 preventative features to avoid potential hardware damage.

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Another feature of the display is the power and HDD activity readout, which functions in the same way the traditional power and HDD activity LEDs do.

Moving on, the power and reset buttons are placed below the LCD temperature display. We noticed that SilverStone has improved these buttons so that they don't stick anymore. In the TJ03 model, the buttons were mounted behind a door, so when pressed, they stuck behind the thin aluminum. In the TJ05, SilverStone designed a deeper tunnel for the buttons in which to slide back and forth, eliminating the sticking problem.

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Below the buttons are the power and HDD activity LEDs. They are bright enough to be seen as they were in the TJ03.

Index External Design (cont.)


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  • Locut0s - Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - link

    As usualy another great review. Looks like this may be the case for my next system! Not to advertise another site but there is another good review of this case online for those who want more information and another opinion, though equally positive:

  • PuravSanghani - Saturday, August 28, 2004 - link

    #30: If you feel there are typos and issues in the article, please do point them out and we will do our best to try and resolve them. Thanks. Reply
  • Mday - Saturday, August 28, 2004 - link

    There are various typoes and issues with this article. Other than that... I give the article a 6.8/10. Reply
  • DonB - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    "Next case to review: Thermaltake Tsunami. ;) "

    We badly need an updated power supply review too. Most recent one from searching for "power" on the home page appears to be "2003 Power Supply Roundup Part II: Better Faster Cheaper" from Jul 31st, 2003.
  • johnsonx - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    OK, fair enough... Reply
  • masher - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    The 12cm fans I have start at 3000 rpm, and go down from there. They're louder at 12v than nearly all 8cm fans, though you're correct this isn't true for all fans.

    But you're still missing the point-- the reviewer is blaming the CASE for the noise, despite a cooling figure that obviously shows the fans are pumping much more air than those its being judged against.
  • johnsonx - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link


    12cm fans are almost invariably quieter than 8cm fans without any special effort. I don't know why you seem to think otherwise. I agree that if you were to run them at the same rpm, then yeah, a 12cm will be louder. But 12cm fans are almost always set at a fairly low rpm (in the low 2000 range), while 8cm fans tend to go 3500rpm and up (way up, the really noisy ones closing in on 6000rpm).

    Perhaps you are thinking that all fans run the same speed at full voltage? No, they run at whatever speed they were made to run.
  • masher - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    #20, Sure you can devolt a 12cm fan and get more airflow for less noise than an 8cm...but the reviewer didn't do that, now did he? He ran them full speed, chortled with glee at its resultant good cooling numbers, then expressed shock and awe that it was no quieter than a case equipped with smaller fans. Come again?

    The fans CAN be quieter...they don't start out that way. The reviewer doesn't seem to understand why not.
  • PuravSanghani - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - link

    jm0ris0n: The designer of the TJ05 also designed the Wavemaster which results in the similarities. Reply
  • Zepper - Wednesday, August 25, 2004 - link

    Apparently, jm0.., you didn't actually READ the review...

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